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Old 10-25-2004   #1
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Default Alright, the breakdown: Jags at Texans

Note: Yes, these are my opinions combined with factual evidence. I am very willing to discuss anything and will take all posts seriously (unless blatently stupid). If you feel the need to argue, do so.

Offense vs. Offense: The Jaguars offense certaintly has looked good these last few weeks, especially upcoming QB Byron Leftwich. With his last four games now of nearly 300 or more (one game of 298), he's been nominated for Player Of The Week twice and been givin Chris' game ball once. He appears to have hit his stride and is currently dominating. On the other side, we have David Carr, another apparently up and coming quarterback with the ability to move the football. Face it, the man ain't bad. However, the question has even been raised by Texan fans on this board, "Which is the better quarterback?" My opinion is that Byron Leftwich is the better of the two. When it comes to running back, however, the players don't quite match up so well. Fred Taylor, a pick for future Hall of Famer and easily a Top 10 rusher in today's NFL, has, although getting off to a slow(ish) start, still has 501 yards with an average of 4.1 YPC. On Houston's side, all three rushers have been effective, but have a poor YPC and that puts more pressure on Carr. The recieving corps match up evenly, squarely, and perfectly. My edge goes to Jacksonville.

Defense vs. Defense: Although the Jacksonville defense has the edge in run-stuffing, the Texans have a better pass rush. If the Jaguars don't find a way to step it up against the pass (like they did against the Colts), we could be in for a long game. Really, both teams have their advantages and disadvantages on defense, so it's a tie. However, I will tell you this, if the Texans' defense does not pressure Leftwich, he has the ability to go down the field and murder them. Edge, noone.

Special Teams: Kris Brown and Scobee are pretty evenly matched, so no contest there. Hanson has a small advantage over Stanley, but nothing to write home about. Again, the Jaguars punt returner has a slight edge over the Texans but this too is nothing to be excited about. Neither special teams has been great or bad. They've both just been playing good solid games. Edge, noone.

Coaching: Sorry everyone, but I think Jack Del Rio has an advantage in this category. Capers is an OK coach but I like Del Rio's aggressive play calling ans just his coaching in general more than I do Capers. For example, no offense, but I doubt Capers would have challenged the Harrison touchdown in the Dolts game. Edge, Jacksonville

Overall: Right now, the Jaguars seem to have everything going for them, but is it all smoke and mirrors? Personally, I think not and, while the Texans are a good team getting better (the Jaguars and Texans will soon run the AFC South), I still see a Jacksonville victory the Jacksonville way: keep the score close, win late. Jaguars 21-17.
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