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Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
The Houston Texans attempt to extend their winning streak against the Jacksonville Jaguars to four games when the AFC South rivals meet on Sunday. Houston posted a 20-13 triumph at Jacksonville in their last meeting on Nov. 27, 2011 as Matt Leinart threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen and Arian Foster ran for a 1-yard score. The Texans try to get off to a 2-0 start following a 30-10 home victory over Miami in which the Texans scored 24 second-quarter points.
After taking a three-point lead with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Jacksonville saw Blair Walsh kick a 55-yard field goal as time expired and boot a 38-yarder less than four minutes into overtime as it dropped a 26-23 decision at Minnesota. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was impressive in the loss, completing 23 of 39 passes for a career-high 260 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars try to rebound and win their third consecutive home opener.
ABOUT THE TEXANS (1-0): QB Matt Schaub will be playing in his first game since signing a four-year contract extension worth $62 million after last Sunday’s victory. Schaub completed 20 of 31 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown before the deal was announced. Houston also signed DE Tim Jamison to a two-year contract extension on Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak hopes his team’s running attack gets on track as the Texans averaged 2.4 yards per carry. Foster’s average was a little better at 3.0 yards per carry as he gained 79 yards on 26 carries.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS (0-1): RB Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to start Sunday. After ending his 38-day holdout the previous week, Jones-Drew gained 77 yards on 19 carries against Minnesota. Jacksonville’s offensive line could be in trouble as G Eben Britton (ankle) and T Cameron Bradfield (lower leg) both left Sunday’s loss and did not return. G Uche Nwaneri also is battling an ankle injury suffered against Minnesota. The Jaguars added some depth as a result of the injuries, signing free-agent T Herb Taylor and claiming OL Troy Kropog off waivers from Tennessee.
1. Jones-Drew is one rushing touchdown away from passing Fred Taylor (62) for first place on the franchise list.
2. Schaub, whose next touchdown pass will be his 100th in the NFL, has completed 68.7 percent (149 of 217) of his career passes against Jacksonville for 1,865 yards and 11 TDs.
3. Foster needs 20 rushing yards to pass Domanick Williams (3,195) for first on the franchise list.