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First-place Texans Look to Maintain Division Lead in Home Date with Jags

The Houston Texans aim to remain atop the AFC South standings when they host the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Houston ended a three-game slide last weekend with a crucial 22-17 win in Indianapolis as 6.5-point underdogs, while the Jaguars lost their eighth straight, falling 25-16 to Minnesota as 3-point home underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 games in this matchup.
  • The Texans are 8-0 SU and 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite.
  • The Jaguars are 0-11 SU in their last 11 games on the road after consecutive home games.

Houston has struggled to generate offense, averaging just 17 points per game over its last four overall, and just 21.3 ppg in six home games this season. However, the Texans have been a strong bet on home field at NRG Stadium, going 4-1-1 against the spread this season, and 8-3-1 ATS in their past 12.

The free-falling Jaguars have lost four straight on the road, but have covered in three of their past five away games. Jacksonville has averaged just 17.4 points per game during its eight-game slide. The Jaguars are also a dismal 0-16 SU when pegged as underdogs by six or more points, but have covered in five of their past six.

The Texans have dominated in recent dates with Jacksonville, winning five straight SU, and 10 of 12. Houston crushed the Jaguars 30-6 as 5.5-point home chalk in Week 17 of last season, ending a three-game ATS losing streak in home meetings with Jacksonville.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening betting line for this matchup, the Houston Texans sat as -5-point favorites at shops such as BetOnline. The total, has been pegged by the odds makers at GTbets.eu at 41.

Odds Shark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 26-14 win for the Texans on Sunday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston battles the Jacksonville Jaguars, currently with a 2-11 mark (6-7 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 5-8 for the Texans and 8-5 for the Jaguars. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Jacksonville injuries news.

The game pits the Houston Texans, currently No. 25 in our Odds Shark NFL Power Rankings, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who rate No. 27 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Texans No. 29-ranked offense (17.62 PPG) against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks No. 27 at 26 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 190 yards per game, less than the Jaguars give up through the air (203.15 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Jacksonville Jaguars own the league's No. 19-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 114.17 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 10 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jacksonville lost its last outing 25-16 against Minnesota on Sunday, getting a 113-yard receiving performance from Marqise Lee in a losing cause at EverBank Field.

Lamar Miller went over the 100-yard mark (107) in his team's latest effort as Houston defeated Indianapolis by a score of 22-17 on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Jacksonville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Jacksonville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Jacksonville is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Jacksonville is 2-21 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Houston is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Jacksonville home to Tennessee, Saturday, December 24th
Houston home to Cincinnati, Saturday, December 24th