JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 24: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field on October 24, 2011 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars open as 9.5 underdogs on the road against their division rival the Houston Texans.
For the third week in a row, the Jacksonville Jaguars will open as at least 9.5 point underdogs. The Jaguars ended as 11 point dogs to the Baltimore Ravens, not only covering the points but beating the Ravens outright. Heading into Houston against their AFC South rivals the Houston Texans, the Jaguars open up as a 9.5 underdog.
The total for the match up between the Texans and the Jaguars is just 41.5 points, but it features one offense that's explosive in Houston (26 points per game) and an anemic offense in Jacksonville (12 points per game). The Jaguars offense as it is currently with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert is more built to grind the football on the ground with Maurice Jones-Drew and kick field goals than score touchdowns, like the team showed on Monday Night Football.
Meanwhile, the Texans score points in bunches. The Texans are coming off a 41-7 thrashing of the Tennessee Titans, all without their star wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson is possible to play this weekend, but the Texans are also facing a Jaguars defense that ranks in the Top 10 against both the pass and the run.
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