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Texans Jaguars Betting Tips – Texans Try To Assert Themselves In AFC South

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/11/2012 6:46:03 PM

The Houston Texans played a steady and solid brand of football in their 2012 NFL season opener. They'll try to keep their momentum rolling as they pay a visit to Jacksonville.

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, September 16    
Betting line: Houston -8.5

Why Houston Will Win

The online sports betting legal community found no reason to doubt the Houston Texans after week one… not on the raw merits of what unfolded in the Lone Star State. Playing at home, Houston throttled the Miami Dolphins by 20 points. Instructively, the Dolphins' only touchdown came on special teams, meaning that the Texans held the 'Phins to just three points. Coach Gary Kubiak's team legitimately flourished, justifying the tidal wave of preseason hype that's been thrown in the Texans' general direction. It was a very encouraging opener for a team that is not used to playing under pressure, a team that is not familiar with the weight of great expectations.

With that Miami romp in hand, Houston should feel very relaxed and confident as it heads to Jacksonville. The Texans are far better than the Jaguars. Their line play, passing ability, receivers, and linebackers are all much better than anything Jacksonville could hope for. Moreover, the Jaguars couldn't beat the lowly Minnesota Vikings in week one of the season. The Jaguars took a lead in the final minute of regulation, yet somehow found a way to allow the Vikings to tie the game, send it into overtime, and win in the extra period. If Houston loses this game, it won't be because of talent or physical prowess. Everything in terms of raw athletic measurements points to a Houston blowout.

Why Jacksonville Will Win

When football betting pundits look at the Jaguars' path to victory in this tilt, they're going to point out that Houston beat Miami, one of the worst teams in the NFL, at home. The Texans did not receive a particularly stiff test, and they did not face a remotely intimidating environment. This week, Houston will be challenged a little more. The Texans could very easily be overconfident, a little too loose, and somewhat complacent. Football is a sport of passion and emotion, and if a team is complacent, it can lose to an inferior squad no matter how formidable it might be. This is a mental test for Houston in a season of great promise. The Texans just might stumble around, thinking that they can just show up and win this game without putting forth much of an effort. If Jacksonville can avoid losing heart after its wrenching loss to Minnesota, the Jaguars can stay competitive with a complacent Houston team and then steal this contest when the fourth quarter rolls around. That is definitely the route to success and triumph for coach Mike Mularkey's team in week two.

Who Will Win

It’s certainly possible that Houston will let down its guard and show a degree of immaturity, but the Texans, even if they sleepwalk for one half, should not lose to Jacksonville as long as they pick up the pace in the second half. This game will be close midway through the third quarter, but Houston has too much talent to allow Jacksonville to hang around. Pick the Texans.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Houston

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