In this week 17 NFL preview between Jaguars and Texans, see who like to win the game and cover the spread.

Jaguars vs Texans Pick & Preview- NFL Week 17

Kickoff for this matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans is set for 1:00 PM ET. The game will be played in Houston, TX at NRG Stadium, with CBS carrying television coverage. Jacksonville comes into this AFC South contest as the -4.0 point road favorite.

Jaguars vs Texans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NFL
  • Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
  • Where: Houston at NRG Stadium
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds JAX -4.0, JAX -214 | HOU +175 O/U 43.5

Can The Jaguars Walk Out Of NRG Stadium With a Win?

Last week, the Jaguars knocked off the Jets by a score of 19-3, giving them an important win over an AFC opponent. With the win, Jacksonville was able to cover the spread, as they were 2.5-point underdogs. The two teams combined point total of 22 remained below the betting line of 36.

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Offensively, Jacksonville found success in the run game, putting up 147 yards on 39 attempts. Travis Etienne Jr. led the team with 83 rush yards and did not find the endzone.

Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for a total of 229 yards on a completion percentage of 64.5% vs the Jets. Although Lawrence did not find the endzone in the passing game, he was able to run for 1 touchdown. Evan Engram had a big game in the passing attack, finishing with 113 yards on 7 catches. Averaging 36 attempts per game, Jacksonville is ranked 10th in the league. Thus far, 65.05% of their yards through the air, which is 19 in the NFL.

Can Davis Mills Help Lead The Texans To A Win As The Home Underdogs?

Last week, the Texans picked up a game in the AFC South, as they took down the Titans by a score of 19-14. Not only did the Texans win the game, but they also covered the spread a 3.0-point underdogs. The over-under betting total going into the game was 34, which the teams did not surpass.

Throughout the game, Houston struggled to run the ball, coming up with just 70 yards on 30 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was Royce Freeman, who finished with just 32 yards on 16 carries.

On his way to compiling 178 passing yards, Davis Mills finished with a passer rating of 76.2. Mills was able to find the endzone 1 time through the air. Phillip Dorsett led Houston in the passing game with 45 receiving yards. In terms of pass yards per game, on average, Houston is the 26th-ranked team in the NFL. Currently, 68.1% of their yards come through the air, ranking them 8th in the NFL.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game

This week, the Jaguars will be looking for some revenge, as they already have 1 loss to the Texans this season. In the first game, Jacksonville fell by a score of 13-6. Not only did the Texans come away with a straight-up win, but they also covered the spread as +4.0 point underdogs. As Houston faces off with Jacksonville, they are hoping to carry over last year’s momentum, as they defeated the Jaguars by scores 30-16 and 37-21.

In the 5 most recent matchups between Jacksonville and Houston, the Texans have dominated the series, winning 5 straight games. The over-under record in these games sits at 3-2, with the average scoring total coming in at 43.8 points.

The Houston Texans have gone 4-1-0 vs the spread in these games. The Jaguars’ offense has averaged 16.4 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Houston, compared to the Texans at 27.4.

Through their last 5 road contests, the Jaguars’ offense has averaged 22.6 points per game while allowing an average of 25.2. Jacksonville posted an overall record of 2-3-0 while going 2-3 ATS.

In their last 5 games at home, the Texans have a straight-up record of 0-5 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 15.0 points per game in this stretch.

Jaguars vs Texans Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Jaguars -4.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 43.5
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