Found September 15, 2012 on State of the Texans:

Divisional games for the Houston Texans always seem to be an adventure for the team, especially when the Jacksonville Jaguars are involved. Despite the Texans taking both games in 2011 (24-14 and 20-13), there is reason to use caution in their first meeting in 2012.

Look no further than the Jaguars best player in Maurice Jones-Drew and what he can get between the tackles and moving forward with the football. The Jaguars always seem to give the Texans issues and in the last ten games the teams have split the series.  Overall, the Texans lead the series 11-9 since the 2002 season.



Quick Hitters

Claire talked to Black and Teal, A Jags Fan Site, about this weeks’ upcoming game in their “Enemy Intel” article. Also, she did her weekly “Know Your Opponent” installment asking questions about the Jaguars.

Charles Christy highlighted his players to watch and looked at two particular Texans who need to make an impact this week.

Antonio Smith was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his kicks landed to Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and we asked if Smith was the actual victim. 

D. Roque wonders why Bradie James has been missing in action since the preseason.

Also, on Dream Shake Barbie, we did a guest post about  the personalities on the Texans’ team that make them such a great team to cheer for.

We used the All-22 to break down film to break down the play of Bradie James and the offensive line.


Informative Tweets


#Texans have landed in Jax. @mschaub8 with 1st road action since TB last yr. The last 3 yrs, he’s 2nd in the NFL in ypg (302, Brees -306).

— Marc Vandermeer (@TexansVoice) September 15, 2012


#Texans: Schaub 2nd in ROAD ypg last 3 years. 3rd in road QB rating behind Rodgers and Manning.

— Marc Vandermeer (@TexansVoice) September 15, 2012



Three Things to Watch versus Jacksonville

1. The interior of the Texans rush defense was exposed by the Miami Dolphins in week one, and with a run happy Jaguars team at home, expect a similar offensive game plan. Throw in Maurice Jones-Drew who thrives in between the tackles running the football, he has scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 10 career games versus Houston. They have to make Blaine Gabbert beat them through the air to see if he has improved as an NFL quarterback. Shaun Cody, Earl Mitchell, Brian Cushing and Bradie James must have a better four quarters than last week.

2. The Jaguars defensive line in Jeremy Mincey, Tyson Alualu, Andre Branch and Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton are a solid position group. Branch is a rookie draft pick from Clemson, but the other three gave the Texans all they wanted last season in the trenches. The new look offensive line will get another test this week, and the Texans must run the ball better for obvious reasons. Arian Foster and Ben Tate are big offensive weapons and getting them into the second level of the Jaguars’ defense is just what the Texans need. This matchup is one to watch for, and what the Miami Dolphins did to the Texans interior of the offensive line should be an area the Jaguars will attack.

3. All eyes will be on the Texans’ special teams, especially with their lackluster performance last week. A punt was almost blocked, coverage was soft that led to a punt return for a touchdown, and no real impact return happened either. Trindon Holliday will have to do something good to put his Week One performance in the rear view mirror and some type of big return will help. The one area that we thought the Texans improved in during the offseason has gotten off to a slow start.  Let’s see if they can bounce back.



The offense was lackluster except when there was a short field to work with after turnovers, but there are still some reasons for concern. The Texans have to do a better job of controlling the pace of the game and having positive plays on offense. Matt Schaub was efficient throwing the football and he did a good job of spreading around the football. Like all Texans fans, we would like to see the bubble wrap taken off the youngsters (Lestar Jean and Keshawn Martin) on offense. The Texans have the pieces in place for an explosive offense and it would be a good time for a complete offensive game against a division rival.



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