3 reasons the Houston Texans will beat the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1

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The Houston Texans run game will out-gain the passing attack

When the Texans defense was giving up so many points per game last season, one of the reasons they were able to have seven losses by one score or less was the fact that Deshaun Watson led the NFL in passing yards. While those may not all be quality-time yards, you still have to throw and connect on passes to lead the league for a reason.

Of course, by now, we all know that Watson is going to be the QB3 for the team for the season. It’s no knock against Tyrod Taylor or Davis Mills, but they’re not Watson for a reason. Hence why Houston decided to keep so many running backs on its roster as Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly looks to run the ball more often.

The Jaguars were the 30th-ranked rushing defense last year, while the Texans were dead last. With a more balanced approach, the Texans will run for at least 150 yards on the ground in this game while scoring two touchdowns.

Mark Ingram and Scottie Phillips will lead the way in rushing yards for the team. Rex Burkhead will probably be a fantasy vulture and take a 1-yard touchdown away from Ingram- that was a common occurrence when Burkhead would do the same to James White in New England.