It will be the home opener for the Jaguars Sunday, as they host the 2011 AFC South Champion Texans in a showdown in Jacksonville.
These two foes know all about each other, and they each are coming off very different results from week one. The Jags lost in OT in Minnesota, while the Texans had a rather easy home win over the Dolphins.
Shayne Graham kicked a 35-yard field goal, Arian Foster rushed for two touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw a 14-yard TD to Andre Johnson during a 6:55 stretch of the second quarter in the runaway win over the Fins.
Houston did have things to work on this week, like special teams, with Trindon Holliday totaling 61 yards on four returns and the team giving up a 72-yard punt return for a TD.
The Jags will look to get the ground game going as last season leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to be back as the starting running back after not starting in week one.
If the Jags want to win, they have to get him going, and expect to see a steady diet of him – 15-20 rushes with over 100 yards is exactly what the Jags want to see.
Jacksonville 2nd year QB Blaine Gabbert looked solid in his 2012 debut. Last season he completed 50.8 percent of his passes, but was solid in Minnesota, going 23 for 39 for a career-best 260 yards and two TDs.
If Gabbert can put pressure on the Texans secondary, it will open up the run game for Jones-Drew.
These two teams are well versed in each other, but something tells me the Jags are going to be ready, and Jones-Drew is going to have a big impact as the Jags march to an early season win at home.
Jacksonville 19 Houston 14