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Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 1/3/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) at Houston Texans (8-7)
Date & Time Sunday January 3, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Houston Texans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 45
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NFL | Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) at Houston Texans (8-7)

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans meet in a key AFC South matchup at NRG Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars look to win at least six games for the first time since the 2010 season. Blake Bortles is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 4,189 yards, 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Bortles has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have combined for 2,305 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns while Julius Thomas has 44 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 96.1 yards per contest, and T.J. Yeldon leads the way with 740 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 27.9 points and 373.2 yards per game. Telvin Smith leads the Jags with 128 tackles, Jared Odrick has five sacks and Davon House has 21 pass deflections. Dwayne Gratz, Telvin Smith and T.J. Yeldon are questionable.

The Houston Texans can clinch their third division title in franchise history with a victory. Brandon Weeden is completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 305 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brian Hoyer is questionable with a concussion. DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington have combined for 2,084 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Cecil Shorts III has 42 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 104.7 yards per contest, and Alfred Blue leads the way with 596 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 20.5 points and 316.5 yards per game. Brian Cushing leads the Texans with 104 tackles, J.J. Watt has 14.5 sacks and Johnathan Joseph has 18 pass deflections. Cecil Shorts, Jadeveon Clowney and Rahim Moore are questionable.

The Texans are playing sme solid football as of late and have a chance to win a division that nobody gave them a chance to win before the season began. The Jags are more than capable of spoiling the party, but they're a team that's also better off losing here to get better draft position.

I'll take the Texans by a touchdown in what should be a hostile home crowd.

Houston Texans -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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