The Jaguars finally return home to EverBank field after a rough three-game road trip. Waiting for them will be the Houston Texans, who also have a 1 and 4 record. Only one other team has forced less turnovers then the Jags, and yes, that is Houston. The Texans will also start Brian Hoyer, who started the year off, got benched midway through the first game, came in last week when the other QB Mallet got hurt, looked great, then threw a horrible game-ending interception. Hoyer is the starter again and he came here on the Browns last season and had a bad game in a Jags win.
Outside of J.J. Watt, the Texan’s defense has been really poor. So, it’s even possible to double Watt and take him out of the game. Bortles should move the ball well, especially with how good Hurns and Robinson have looked. The O-line hasn’t opened much up for Yeldon, but he’ll keep getting carries and Denard Robinson looks to be on track to play. His speed will be important. Yeldon missed practice, but hopefully it’s just a precaution. Speaking of speed, Julius Thomas is back and the rust should be knocked off. They will involve him a lot more than last week. The red zone offense looked good last week and Thomas playing a full game will help it even more.
Sen’derrick Marks practiced full for the first time this season and is on track to make his 2015 debut. It’s good timing after the run defense got gashed, and they face one of the league’s better backs in Arian Foster. Stopping him should be the focus by forcing Hoyer to beat you through the air. Paul Posluzny expects to play after missing last week and will be the key in the run defense. Hoyer, and Mallet have not been good at QB for Houston, so there could be a good chance to finally force some turnovers.
This is the third straight game against what will turn out to be a beatable opponent. I think they will finally get the job done at home.
Prediction: Jaguars 31 Texans 24