TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Reliant Stadium
Weather: High 57, Low 39
Line: Houston (-10)
As one of the league’s biggest disappointments, the Houston Texans are struggling to even come close to a victory after losing eight consecutive games. Sitting at 2-8 and no end to the losing streak in sight, the Texans will look to rely on young quarterback Case Keenum to take them out of the hole they dug themselves into. While he was benched for the Matt Schaub last week, the veteran was less than impressive and Keenum looks to have won his job back. On the year, Keenum has passed for 992 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing just one interception. Andre Johnson has been a bit resurgent since Keenum has taken over, catching 72 passes for 966 yards and five touchdowns on the year after beginning the first couple of months without a touchdown. Running back Ben Tate has taken over for the injured Arian Foster, rushing for 543 yards and a score.
Not many people thought the Jacksonville Jaguars would win a game in 2013, but they have proved the doubters wrong with a win over the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. Jacksonville has had one of the worst offenses in the league this season behind quarterback Chad Henne who leads the offense that is ranked dead-last in yards per game. Henne has passed for 1,885 yards and four touchdowns as Cecil Shorts III has been his favorite target, catching 50 passes for 629 yards and just one score. Justin Blackmon, the team’s second leading receiver, is out indefinitely because he violated the league’s substance abuse policy. Jacksonville’s run game has struggled as well — even with the talented Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield. The veteran running back has accounted for 455 yards and four touchdowns on the year with just a 2.9 yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Texans have one of the best units in the NFL. Houston ranks first in both total yards allowed as well as passing yards allowed per game while ranking 23rd in rushing yards allowed and 28th in points against. Jacksonville has one of the worst defenses in the league, ranking dead-last in stopping the run as well as 31st in keeping teams out of the endzone while ranking 29th in total yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 17, Texans 28