Jaguars vs Texans: Thursday Betting
The Jacksonville Jaguars own three victories this season, the Houston Texans, two wins.
In a game that might help decide who gets the first pick in the next NFL draft the Jags and Texans get together for an AFC South encounter Thursday night in Jacksonville.
The Jags had lost five in a row in this series, but just beat the Texans two weeks ago in Houston 13-6.
In the early betting at 5Dimes, Houston, which is just 3-9 ATS this season, was favored by a field goal over Jacksonville, which is 4-8 ATS.
There are a couple of significant loser trends on the go in this Thursday Night Football matchup as Houston is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games, while Jacksonville is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home.
Supporters of the Texans have seen them go 2-10 and 3-9 ATS so far this season, while the Jaguars are at 3-9 and 4-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Jaguars are 7-5, while the Texans are 8-4.
The point spread was settled in at 2.5 favoring the host Jaguars earlier in the week, according to BetOnline. The over under line was hovering around 43, with movement expected during the week at Bovada.
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 28-rated Texans taking on the No. 32-rated Jaguars in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 14-7 win for the Texans on Thursday, which would be an easy UNDER play.
The Texans were a 34-31 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Patriots. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (65) made winners of OVER bettors. The Jaguars's last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Chad Henne as they handed Cleveland a 32-28 loss at FirstEnergy Stadium.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Jacksonville's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 14.5 PPG, against a Texans defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 26.92 PPG. The Jaguars aerial game is averaging 215 yards per game, more than the Texans secondary allows through the air, 187.92 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Texans own the league's No. 14-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 111 yards per game when on the road. Jacksonville, on the other hand, rates No. 31 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Texans at Jaguars trends to consider:
Houston is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Jacksonville is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Jacksonville is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games
Jacksonville is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Houston at Indianapolis, Sunday, December 15th
Jacksonville home to Buffalo, Sunday, December 15th