Thursday night snoozer: Texans at Jaguars

Thursday night snoozer: Texans at Jaguars
December 4, 2013, 12:28 pm
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Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins (10) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


If you don't have the NFL Network on your TV system this week, that might be a good thing. It would be difficult to come up with a worse matchup than Jacksonville hosting Houston.

Because every team must play a Thursday game under NFL scheduling rules, this AFC South snoozer is on the docket. The loser will have the inside track to the top overall draft pick next spring, particularly if it's Houston (2-10, No. 32 in the AP Pro32). The Texans are the only team with just two wins.

Jacksonville (3-9, No. 29 AP Pro32) has won three of its last four after starting 0-8 but is a 3-point underdog to a team that has dropped a franchise-record 10 straight games.

''It's the NFL. You're going to win or lose each week,'' Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts said after hearing belittling comments from vanquished opponents. ''You've got to bring your best that week. For us, we're getting better. We've been 3-1 since the bye week, so if they've got a problem with it, come see us. That's how I feel about it.''

Here's how we feel about it:

JAGUARS, 19-17

No. 12 Dallas (pick-em) at No. 16 Chicago, Monday night

What's more dangerous than trusting Dallas? How about making Cowboys the best bet?


No. 28 Oakland (plus 2 1/2) at No. 23 New York Jets

Don't think Jets should be favored over anybody.


No. 3 (tie) Carolina (plus 4) at No. 5 New Orleans

Angry Saints get some home cooking to soothe them.

SAINTS, 24-21

No. 1 Seattle (plus 3) at No. 6 San Francisco

Already in playoffs, Seahawks can grab NFC West with victory. Nope ...

49ERS, 21-20

No. 9 Indianapolis (plus 5 1/2) at No. 8 Cincinnati

Colts can grab AFC South with win. Nope ...

BENGALS, 26-20

No. 11 Detroit (plus 2 1/2) at No. 10 Philadelphia

Hard to trust Lions on the road, but they will scare Eagles.

EAGLES, 30-28

No. 7 Kansas City (minus 3 1/2) at No. 31 Washington

Chiefs get back to winning ways after rugged run.

CHIEFS, 23-17

No. 25 Minnesota (plus 7) at No. 14 Baltimore

Vikings fitting spoiler role well. But Ravens smell playoffs.

RAVENS, 21-13

No. 15 Miami (plus 3) at No. 18 Pittsburgh

Last gasp for Steelers to stay relevant.


No. 22 Tennessee (plus 12) at No. 2 Denver

Broncos need to win out to secure home-field advantage in postseason, for what it's worth.

BRONCOS, 37-27

No. 19 (tie) St. Louis (plus 6 1/2) at No. 13 Arizona

If Cardinals can protect Carson Palmer, they are dangerous.


No. 19 (tie) New York Giants (plus 3) at No. 17 San Diego

Remember that Eli Manning was dealt for Philip Rivers? Rivers having much better year.


No. 24 Buffalo (plus 2 1/2) at No. 26 (tie) Tampa Bay

Two teams playing out the string. Go with the home squad.


No. 30 Atlanta (OFF) at No. 21 Green Bay

Packers still have a glimmer of hope for playoffs.

PACKERS, 22-21

No. 26 (tie) Cleveland (OFF) at No. 3 (tie) New England

Too bad there's no spread here because of Browns QB situation. Could have been best bet.



2013 RECORD: Against spread: 9-7 (76-101-7). Straight up: 13-3 (111-78-1).

Best Bet: 5-8 against spread, 11-2 straight up.

Upset special: 4-9 against spread, 2-11 straight up.


AP NFL website:

Texans - Team News
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7. The Texans listed Hopkins on the injury report, but his status was never in doubt. He'll be a WR3 for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 18 2:54PM Read More

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