Top 5 Storylines To Follow In Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

By Brian Kalchik

Top 5 Storylines To Follow In Jaguars vs. Texans

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The Texans face the Jaguars this Sunday in a battle that will decide the AFC South title. Here are five storylines to follow leading up to and during the game as well.

5. Brian Hoyer's Health

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5. Brian Hoyer's Health

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Because of his second concussion of the season, Brian Hoyer has missed Houston's last two games. If he shows any signs of rust, Bill O'Brien will have to seriously consider playing Brandon Weeden, who has won the last two games for the Texans.

4. What Will Blake Bortles Do For An Encore?

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4. What Will Blake Bortles Do For An Encore?

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In his last meeting against the Texans, Blake Bortles threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns, but also three interceptions. Houston's run defense is strong, so it could once again come down to Bortles against the Texans' secondary.

3. Who Will Stop DeAndre Hopkins?

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3. Who Will Stop DeAndre Hopkins?

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Like most NFL teams this season, the Jaguars couldn't stop DeAndre Hopkins. In their first meeting, Hopkins had 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. If the Jags can't slow him down, this game will be over in a hurry.

2. Can The Texans Slow Down Jacksonville's Receivers?

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2. Can The Texans Slow Down Jacksonville's Receivers?

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Jacksonville has a trio of great receivers in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. Robinson and Hurns have over 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns while Thomas has five scores. The Texans' secondary has been inconsistent at times, so stopping the Jags' passing attack has to be their top priority.

1. Who Can Stop J.J. Watt?

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1. Who Can Stop J.J. Watt?

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Not a lot of teams have figured out how to stop J.J. Watt, and Jacksonville has routinely struggled to block him. Since 2011, Watt has sacked Jaguars' quarterbacks 11.5 times, including six alone in 2014. Expect the Jags to double or triple-team Watt on every play to make sure he doesn't beat them single-handedly.

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