Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/16/12

On the eve of the second full week of the NFL bold moves needs to be the norm. No team is in more need of bold moves than the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The home opener of the Jaguars' season could help move the franchise forward.

But in order to do that, the Jaguars will need to be the initiator of bold moves.

Here are three bold predictions.

Blaine Gabbert will be constantly harassed.

Last week against the Minnesota Vikings, Gabbert had 260 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

This week the Jaguars enter the game with significant injuries to left guard Eben Britton, right tackle Cameron Bradfield and running back Rashad Jennings. This will cause significant pass blocking problems. 

The Houston Texans are not only one of the league's best rushing teams, but Wade Phillips is a genius as designing schemes that befuddle opposing quarterbacks. 

Blaine Gabbert will be sacked at least three times. Gabbert will be rushed the entire game and suffer with at least three interceptions. 

Maurice Jones-Drew will carry the ball at least 25 times.

Jones-Drew has not completely learned the new offense of the Jaguars after returning from his holdout. His replacement, Rashad Jennings, will be out of the game with an injury.

Last week against the Vikings, Jones-Drew carried the ball 19 times for 77 yards averaging 4.1 yards per attempt.

This week Jones-Drew will carry the ball at least 25 times. He will go over 100 total yards. Look for Jones-Drew to receive passes out of the backfield also to loosen up the Texans' pass rush. 

Arian Foster and Ben Tate will each surpass 100 yards.

The Jaguars enter the game without leading tackler Daryl Smith. They may also be without the services of cornerback Derek Cox, and defensive ends Austen Lane and George Selvie.

Ben Tate wants to see the ball more. On the back of Andre Johnson the Texans will go out to an early lead. Arian Foster and Ben Tate will see the ball often. Each surpassing 100 yards. Each will have at least one touchdown.

The Jaguars are looking to gain some respect. The Texans are looking to take control of the division. Under these guidelines both will come out winners.  

The Texans however will be the statistical victors 31-21. 



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