Week 4 Preview: Houston at Jacksonville

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The Houston Texans are already looking at changes after starting 0-2, and one of those changes may be at QB, where Sage Rosenfels waits in the wings for Matt Schaub, who has yet to perform well in losses to the Steelers and Titans.  Now while blaming Schaub may not be fair, things don’t look to get all that much better this week when the 0-2 Texans travel to Jacksonville to play the 1-2 Jags.

The Jags have to be feeling a lot better about the 08 season after beating rival Indy on Sunday as Josh Scobee kicked a late 51-yard game winning field goal to stun the Colts, and send the Jags to 1-2, when they easily could have been 0-3.   The game balls though have to go to RB Fred Taylor and the O-line, which worked over the Colts all day long.

Look for much of the same for this weekend, as the Texans can be run on, and that will be the game plan for the Jags, who despite having a banged up O-line, will use Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew as much as possible as they look to take pressure off of QB David Garrard. If the Jags can get close to the 236 yards rushing they had vs the Colts, they should have the advantage at home.

The Texans are going to have to play much better offense to pull off the upset.  Schaub needs to hook up with WR Andre Johnson early and often, and the running game of Steve Slaton, who has looked good, has got to get yards to show the Jags they mean business.  And how about third downs – the Texans were just 3-for-15 vs the Titans in a 31-12 loss at LP Field last Sunday.

This won’t be easy for the Texans, and look for the Jags to start to flex the muscles they were without in weeks one and two when they lost to the Titans and Bills.  Jags win this one in a route, and Schaub will be lucky to get out as the Texans QB when it’s all said and done.

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