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Maxwell Lee:

The Texans franchise has been woeful since it’s inaugural season in 2002. The organization’s limited success has been relegated to an inexplicable dominance over the Jaguars, particularly in crucial match-ups. Houston leads the overall series 7-5, the only winning record they hold in head-to-head meetings against teams they’ve played more than three times.

That said, the Jaguars of ’07 seemed determined to turn a new leaf, winning the games they should have won by playing at a consistent level no matter the opponent. The Texans and Jaguars may have split victories last year, but the Jaguars rested most of their key starters in Houston’s win at the end of the season. After early struggles with injuries, the Jaguars found their identity in Indy en route to their first win.

Was the Colts game a turning point for Jacksonville or just a fluke? This weekend will go a long way in answering that question, showing us where this Jaguars team is, and where fans can realistically expect them to be in January. Meanwhile, Houston is still recovering, QB Matt Schaub is still struggling, and it’ll take more time for the Texans to get untracked on and off the field. I think the Jaguars take care of business at home this Sunday. If the Texans are gonna spoil Jacksonville’s season once again, it’ll have to happen Week 13 down in Reliant Stadium.

Jaguars 30, Texans 14

Cole Pepper:

There is absolutely no reason for the Jaguars to lose this game. They’re at home, playing a winless Texans team that has had their hometown ravaged by Hurricane Ike. Frankly this shouldn’t be close.
The Jaguars have re-embraced their running game and David Garrard is finding a comfort level with Matt Jones as a third down receiver. So after carefully considering the history of this rivalry, the current state of each team, the site of competition…I think it’s clearly going to be a 24-23 Jagaurs win. Irony. Love it.

Alan Wilson:

The rivalry between the Texans and jaguars has been a surreal one since its inception in 2002. The Texans have used a series of gimmicks, last second touchdown plunges, and lots of heart en route to enjoying a 7-5 lifetime record over the Jaguars. The Jaguars always seem to take the Texans lightly, and they better not this week. Forget about QB Matt Schaub underperforming and WR Andre Johnson getting off to a slow start.

The Jaguars are not tackling well on defense nor are they covering well in the secondary. Not good when you consider the speedy rookie RB Steve Slaton is ready to get a taste of what it means to be a thorn in the side of Jacksonville. This game will not be a blowout like many are predicting. I expect this to be the game that the Texans get their act together on offense. However, the Jaguars will need to come from behind again this week to snag a victory. RBs Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor will have a field day running the ball, and the Texans defense won’t have enough to outlast Jacksonville. My prediction: Jags 27, Texans 21.

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