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DeAndre Hopkins Texans

Barring a miracle of epic proportions, the Houston Texans will enter the playoffs as the AFC South champions, but a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday will put the final nail in the coffin of the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans will enter the game as a favorite, which is not a great sign as the faves are just 1-5 ATS in the ast six games between Houston and Jacksonville.

Shark Bites
  • The Texans are 4-0 SU and ATS in their past four games against the AFC South.
  • The Jaguars are 1-15 SU in their last 16 road games.
  • DeAndre Hopkins had 148 receiving yards and two touchdowns when these teams met in Week 6.

The Texans are 6-2 in their last eight games and enter the final week of the regular season coming off two victories. Houston has won their past two games by a combined score of 50-16. The defense of the Texans has only allowed an average of 223.5 offensive yards in those two games while generating six turnovers.

The Jaguars offense completely revolves around the passing attack and it has been performing well this season behind the arm of Blake Bortles. The second year quarterback has not thrown more interceptions than touchdowns since Week 1, something he did on seven occasions last season. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 45.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 29-15 win for the Texans. 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

Supporters of the Jacksonville Jaguars have seen them go 5-10 and 7-7-1 ATS so far this season, while the Houston Texans are at 8-7 and 8-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Texans are 8-7, while the Jaguars are 10-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Jacksonville injuries news.

The Houston Texans sit at No. 10 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are at No. 15 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Texans No. 24-ranked offense (20.6 PPG) against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks No. 31 at 27.87 PPG. The Texans passing attack has averaged 239.4 yards per game, less than the Jaguars give up through the air (269.93 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Jacksonville Jaguars own the league's No. 18-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 118.71 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 17 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Blake Bortles threw for 4 scores and 368 yards in a failed effort to defeat New Orleans at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In their last gridiron battle, DeAndre Hopkins did much of the damage, producing 117 receiving yards as Houston beat the Titans 34-6 at Nissan Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Jacksonville is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Jacksonville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville's last 5 games
  • Jacksonville is 1-15 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Houston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Jacksonville home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Houston home to , Wednesday, December 31st

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