NFL Week 9 Picks: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans 11/8/20 NFL Picks, Predictions

NFL Week 9 Picks: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans 11/8/20 NFL Picks, Predictions Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans (1-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm (TIAA Bank Field)

The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars +6.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars meet Sunday in week 9 AFC South battle in NFL action at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

The Houston Texans are coming off a bye week and need a win here to rebound from a brutal 1-6 record. The Houston Texans have lost five of their last seven road games. Deshaun Watson is completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 2,095 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in five straight games. Will Fuller V and Brandin Cooks have combined for 917 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Randall Cobb has 30 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 84.9 yards per contest, and David Johnson leads the way with 392 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 31 points and 417.6 yards per game. Zach Cunningham leads the Houston Texans with 71 tackles, Whitney Mercilus has three sacks and Bradley Roby has one interception.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are also coming off a bye week and need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost five of their last eight home games. Gardner Minshew II is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 1,855 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Minshew has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Keelan Cole Sr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. have combined for 698 receiving yards and four touchdowns while DJ Chark Jr. has 26 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 96.6 yards per contest, and James Robinson leads the way with 481 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 31.4 points and 424.4 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 56 tackles, Josh Allen has two sacks and Andrew Wingard has one interception.

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The Texans are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite, 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a road favorite and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jaguars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Texans last 4 road games. The under is 11-5 in Jaguars last 16 home games. The Texans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Jacksonville and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Houston Texans are the better team on paper, but it's hard to lay chalk with them, especially on the road, as they have the worst rushing attack in the league and their defense gets gashed weekly. Only the Jaguars and Seahawks allow more yards per game than the Texans, and Houston is 1-6 against the spread on the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars obviously aren't any better, as they've lost sixth straight, and their defense is 31st in total yards, 28th in passing yards, 28th in rushing yards and 31st in points allowed. I'm not backing the Jaguars, but I'm also not laying a touchdown with the Texans on the road. With this being two of the worst defensive teams in the league, I'm forced to lean toward the under.

Expect some fireworks in this contest. 

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Randy’s Pick Over 51.5

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