Texans vs Jaguars: Houston looking for 26th win all-time against Jacksonville

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The Houston Texans are looking to add to their all-time lead against the Jaguars.

When the Houston Texans run onto the field at NRG Stadium for their Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it will be the next chapter in this division rivalry, one which started with the inception of the Texans franchise in 2002.

Houston leads the all-time series with 25 wins and a record of 25-13 in their 38 meetings with the Jaguars. The Texans have won the past six meetings (three straight seasons), while the Jaguars last defeated the Houston Texans in 2017, a season when Jacksonville swept the Texans.

In ’20, the Texans won the home game against the Jaguars 30-14, and in the game played in Jacksonville the Texans earned a 27-25 win. In the six straight wins over the Jaguars, the Texans are averaging 22.7 points per game (136 total points), while Jacksonville has averaged 10.7 ppg (64 total points).

The Houston Texans have had the upper hand for most of the all-time meetings with the franchise winning the very first game against each other on Oct. 27, 2002 by a 21-19 score. The longest winning streak for the Jaguars against the Texans is three wins in a row from Sept. ’09 to Nov. ’10.

Those wins seem like ages ago, but even the two wins from the ’20 season do because so much has changed with both franchises as head coaches have changed, quarterbacks are new, and they both have new general managers.

Since the last time these two teams faced each other, the Texans have hired Nick Caserio as general manager, David Culley as general manager and Tyrod Taylor was signed as a free agent signing at quarterback. Plus, the Texans drafted Davis Mills in the third round as another quarterback option for the team.

Looking at Jacksonville, their new general manager is Trent Baalke, the new head coach hired is Urban Meyer and the new quarterback is No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence.

All of this newness makes for something unknown, but exciting, to look forward to. Thinking back to last season, that wasn’t the case as neither team was very good with football with the worst and third-worst records in the NFL as the Jaguars were 1-15 and the Texans finished 4-12.

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The Houston Texans have a good opportunity in facing a rookie quarterback in his NFL debut to take advantage of his inexperience and earn a win, which would be a much-needed victory after the offseason this franchise has gone through.