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Texans vs. Jaguars Pick – Week 14 NFL

A big win Thursday night improves our overall record in 2014 and we’ll look to keep that rolling through the final 4 weeks of the NFL season. Just four games left for each team and this week especially, it seems like playoff implications exist in every match-up. It’s a great time to be a football fan and we’ve got your betting needs covered right here at The Sports Geek. Today our picks will start in Jacksonville where a brutal Jaguars squad is just looking to play out yet another lost year. They’ll be hosting their divisional rivals with everything on the line, the Houston Texans. Despite some key injuries the Texans are hanging around, trying to nad a playoff spot in the competitive AFC. If they are to do that, they’ll need a convincing win over the lowly Jags. Read on below to see if they can get what they need with our featured selection for this contest.

Texans vs. Jaguars Betting Odds:

Spread:
Houston Texans -5.5 (-115)
@ Jacksonville Jaguars +5.5 (-105)

Total:
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)

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Texans vs. Jaguars Pick:

When Ryan Mallett went down, the future of the Houston Texans offense was in doubt. Sure they had Ryan Fitzpatrick still sitting on the sidelines, but a string of mediocre performances seemed to have the organization losing faith in him. But after last week’s six-touchdown outing, you can bet he’s got Texans fans all aboard the Fitzpatrick bandwagon. The Harvard graduate had an excellent game last week vs. the Titans and he should be able to carry that momentum into today’s contest against an equally bad Jaguars squad. The Jags have some defensive talent, but overall don’t possess a solid stop unit. Jacksonville does have a tendency to get to opposing quarterbacks, but look for a healthy dose of Arian Foster to keep the pass rush in check. The Jags have been abysmal at stopping the run of late, allowing their past four opponents to eclipse the century mark on the ground. With a steady dose of Foster, look for the Texans offense to move the chains, control the tempo, and keep their offense on the field. The Jags’ defense has been playing a ton in recent weeks and this is where you start to see some wear and tear on certain players after a gruelling season.

On the other side of the football, the Jags offense is simply anemic. They are brutal in every sense of the word, and even though they won last week, it’s in no part thanks to their offense. Jacksonville was fortunate to secure two defensive return touchdowns en route to a narrow victory, but Houston won’t make those mistakes today. Blake Bortles is a talented youngster but he’s looked awful in his rookie campaign. Look for the Texans’ front to pursue him relentlessly and J.J. Watt will definitely have a field day when it comes to getting after him. Bortles has a TD to INT ratio of 9:15 in his first ten starts, and I’m not sure he’ll be able to deal with the pressure Houston will bring today. Expect a lot of mistakes and turnovers from the rookie against a ferocious Houston front seven. Houston has held their opponents to just 23 total points in their past two road games, and look for that dominance to really continue today.

Jacksonville is just a brutal football team in every aspect. They have virtually no homefield advantage, and there’s no way they keep this game interesting. Their offense cannot score, and even though Houston isn’t the New England Patriots, they’ll look like it when they take to the field. The Jags are simply playing out yet another lost season, and look for a playoff-ready Texans squad to take care of business today. With us only having to lay 5.5 points on the road favourite, this looks like a no-brainer. Texans roll easily by double digits in this one.

PICK = Texans -5.5 (-115)