Sunday will be the 27th all-time meeting between the Texans and the Jaguars.
When the Houston Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday in Week 5 the home team will not only be looking to earn their first win of the 2020 season, but they are also looking to add to their all-time lead in wins over the Jaguars as well.
The Texans lead the all-time series against the Jaguars, 23-13 with no ties, and the Texans have also won the past four games against their Week 5 opponent. Last season in both games combined the Texans allowed only 15 total points to the Jaguars, winning by scores of 13-12 and 26-3.
The last time Jacksonville defeated the Houston Texans was on Dec. 17, 2017 when the Jaguars dominated the Texans by a 45-7 score,
Times are different since then for both teams, and times are very different since last Sunday for the Texans. Entering this game the Texans are 0-4 overall, have an interim head coach, and the stars of the team are really going to have to step up in a big way in Week 5. If not, this Houston Texans team could be in danger of losing their fifth straight game to start the season.
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The Jaguars have struggled as of late losing three straight games, but don’t forget the fact they did defeat the Indianapolis Colts, who are in second place in the AFC South, at the start of the season. Though the Texans are the -5 favorites, even with the firing of Bill O’Brien as the head coach and general manager, this game isn’t a lock for a win by the Texans.
Until the offense shows and proves they are capable of putting together a complete game with Tim Kelly calling all the shots now — and until the defense can actually put up a fight and stop the run for under the 149 yards per game — no win is a “guarantee” even if the Houston Texans have Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt on their team.
Speaking of Watt, the defensive end has two sacks through four games, and both of those sacks came in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. Watt in the past two games has zero QB hits, and he’s going to need more help from his teammates so the focus switches off him a bit by the opposing team.
All-in-all this Week 5 game for the Houston Texans is important. When it comes to the Jaguars this season nobody knows what type of team they will put on the field, because they have shown they can win against a good team.
Houston has a shot on Sunday to add to their winning streak over Jacksonville, and if they can improve their play a bit from what we’ve all watched earlier this season, the Texans have a great opportunity in front of them for a win of the 2020 season.