Texans Try To Snap Skid

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Case Keenum has impressed after starting the season as a back-up. Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
They started the season 0-8 but the Jacksonville Jaguars have been mildly impressive since the bye week, winning three of their last four. Sure, they needed some late-game heroics to do so in the 32-28 win over Cleveland last weekend, but the fact of the matter is the Jags are no longer the worst team in the NFL.

Houston could lay claim to that mantle – not that it would want to – but after a franchise-record 10 straight losses, it’s hard to argue the Texans aren’t somewhere near the cellar. With three of their last four games on the road, there’s every chance the run could get even more embarrassing before the regular season comes to an end.

Case Keenum, who started the season as third-string quarterback, has probably performed better than expected in a tough situation. Since the teams’ bye week, in four of the following five games the Texans have scored 23 points or more, but they just can’t stop opponents at the other end. In Week 13, running back Ben Tate rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns against New England, but even after taking a 10-point lead in to half-time, Houston couldn’t seal the deal going down 34-31 .

The Jaguars beat the Texans on the road 13-6 two weeks back, but they still haven’t broken their duck at EverBank Field this year. Houston’s losing streak is long, but seven points is the biggest losing margin in the Texans’ past six encounters.


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