After an impressive blowout over the Dolphins, the Texans go on the road to face their divisional rival, the Jaguars. Houston only gave up 10 points to the Dolphins in Week 1, and now face an offense that is just a step up from Miami’s.
NFL odds opened to favor the Texans by -9 on the road. Since then, action has taken the line down to -7 ½ in some instances. Either way, this will not be a cakewalk for Houston, as road divisional games can be tough. Home teams that were facing divisional opponents were 3-1 over the weekend, with two pending Monday evening.
A day after leading his team throwing 20-31 with 266 yards and a touchdown, Matt Schaub was rewarded for his play both yesterday and seasons ago. Schaub signed a new 4-year $62-million deal, with $30 million guaranteed. This would have been the final year of the 6-year contract he signed after being traded from Atlanta. While I think the Texans may have overpaid slightly, considering he led the NFL in passing yards in 2009, and considering he threw for 4, 369 yards in 2010, I guess it’s ok
Schaub of course had his season cut short last year, after breaking his foot in Week 10. He had thrown for nearly 2500 yards when he got hurt, which would have put him on pace for well over 3500 yards on the season, and probably closer to 4000.
The Texans can and should beat the Jaguars, even if they are on the road. They held the Dolphins in Week 1 to only 79 yards rushing, and just over 200 yards in the air. Jacksonville does have better talent, however.