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Houston Texans V. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview: 5 Keys to Victory

November 26th, 2011 at 11:52 AM
By Michael Hall

Here are 5 Keys to Victory as the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Houston Texans at Everbank Field.

5. Make Touchdowns, not Field Goals 

This one is a no-brainer. When you get a scoring opportunity, you have to get that touchdown instead of settling for a field goal. Field goals will not beat the Texans, even with Matt Schaub out. Touchdowns will.

4. Win the Turnover Battle

Blaine Gabbert threw two interceptions in the previous Texan game, resulting in 7 points. Had he not thrown that interception, the score would at least be a manageable 14-17 and then who knows what could've happened?Just force some turnovers and take advantage of them by taking the ball inbto the endzone.

3. Move the Chains

You know this song and dance already, move the ball down the field, convert third downs, and eat up the clock. While we're at it, I'm going to revisit Key to Victory #5, GET THE BALL INTO THE ENDZONE! If you want to make a run and play spoiler to end the year, you're going to need to start doing that, more consistently. 

2. Keep Arian Foster and Ben Tate Out of the Game

Ah, the deadly play-action fake. If  you want to lessen the effectiveness of the Texans offense, you have to stop Arian Foster and his buddy Ben Tate and doing this will be tougher if Terrance Knighton is not in the lineup. However, I still want disruption in the backfield, I want the gaps to be plugged up, and if by some miracle of God, they manage to get past the linemen, they need  to be punished. 

1. Put Pressure on Matt Leinart

Remember when I said that I want disruption in the backfield? That goes for Matt Leinart as well. John Chick and Jeremy Mincey needs to make Leinart look as comfortable in the pocket  as John Elway after Tebow ran for that touchdown against the Jets.That means that Jeremy Mincey, Leger Douzable, and CJ Mosely need to step up and force Leinart to make some mistakes.

Tags: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Blaine Gabbert, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaguars, Matt Leinart, Matt Schaub, NFL, Terrance Knighton

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