The Jaguars defense once again hunkered down despite the Texans quarterback change in the fourth quarter, ending the game with four more sacks and an interception by Tashaun Gipson, returned deep into the Jags territory with 3:31 left on the clock. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 39.5 points. Jacksonville is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Houston. That honored group will have select roles during Sunday's game, such as Texas flag holders, Color Guard and coin toss captains.
The Texans intend to honor first responders before the game Sunday and then will introduce their defensive players, with Watt being the last name announced. This version of the Jags have his good friend Doug Marrone coaching them.
After two weeks of reeling and healing from the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Texans take the field to start their season and show the world a slice of Houston pride and spirit.
Meanwhile, Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a touchdown. Still, the team is sticking with their former first-round pick and hoping rookie running back Leonard Fournette can be what they need in the backfield.
When the Texans had the home crowd behind them last season they allowed an average of 87 yards a game opposed to what they give up on the road which is 108.2 yards a game.
Despite the opening match being played on Thursday, it fully gets underway today, with 12 games taking place.
For a team with all the questions on offense, especially at quarterback like the Jaguars, starting out on the road against the top National Football League defense from 2016 with a healthy J.J. Watt is a recipe for disaster. He ranked sixth in the AFC with 1,073 rushing yards last season and has three seasons in a row with 1,250 scrimmage yards. Yeldon also ran for more than 100 yards twice in 2015.
Sunday will be his 46th straight start, and after facing the Texans often he knows Sunday will be another challenge. If Watt can come back healthy this season, there's no reason not to expect similar numbers.
Watt's incredible generosity in raising over $30 million United States in aid - and counting - for water-logged Houston is part of a healing process that could take weeks, months, even years, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey late last month. Watt will receive a massive ovation before the game. But this isn't going to stop those Texans from playing some football!
The Texans are solid on defense at every level, especially at linebacker.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo.
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