Jacksonville Jaguars Will Need Strong Defense to Defeat Houston Texans

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Jaguars at Texans
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently riding a two-game winning streak, and they will look to extend their recent success in front of their fans.

The Jags will host the Houston Texans this Thursday night at the EverBank Field in a game that will start Week 14 of action in the NFL. Even though these two are already out of the playoff race, the game still has implications for the teams involved.

The Jaguars were the unanimous pick to select first in next year’s NFL Draft, but their late resurgence and the struggles of the Texans – who have lost 10 straight games – now give Houston the worst record in the league. Jacksonville seems to be improving each game after their bye on Week 8, and while it’s unlikely they’ll maintain their winning streak until the end of the season, they could notch another win against the Titans.

The offense seems to be finding their form and guys like Maurice-Jones Drew, Ace Sanders and Mercedes Lewis are producing consistently. Cecil Shorts III is still the team’s top target, and Chad Henne finally ended his streak of games without multiple scores, so they will host the Texans on a high note.

The Jaguars’ defense, however, will be what will determine the team’s success on Thursday night.

In order to come out on top, the defense needs to continue playing a solid game. Despite allowing Josh Gordon to pass the 200-yard mark this past Sunday, the Jags made some key stops and often put pressure on Brandon Weeden, generating turnovers and sacks against the Cleveland Browns.

The Jags’ secondary will have a tough assignment against top receiver Andre Johnson and RB Ben Tate, but if they can replicate what they did against the Browns, they could swing momentum their way often. And who knows, if all things click, the Jaguars could suddenly be riding a three-game winning streak heading into the final weeks of the season.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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