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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars may indeed be a 2-10 football team, but to this weekends opponent - the Houston Texans - theyve got definite world-beating potential. Indeed, even though the Jaguars are fifth from the bottom of the league in both points allowed (27.4 per game) and yards allowed (383.2 per week), Texans coach Bill OBrien is preaching respect. Jacksonville comes into Week 14 after a come-from-behind defeat of the New York Giants in a game it had trailed by 18 points at halftime, and fresh off a 2013 season in which it scored a pair of victories over the Texans - then coached by Gary Kubiak - as part of a late-season three-game win streak. I dont care what (Jacksonvilles) record is, OBrien said. I really dont. Its not coach-speak. Its the truth. This team is a talented team, well- coached. Problem is, the Jaguars dont score much. In fact, theyd only exceeded 20 points twice in 11 games before the defeat of the Giants saw them rack up 22 in the final 30 minutes - including a pair of defensive touchdowns. Against Houston and MVP candidate J.J. Watt, it wont be an easy repeat. The Texans have allowed just 23 points in their last two road games, which have yielded victories over Cleveland and Tennessee. Watt had two sacks in the 45-21 dousing of the Titans to bring his total to 11 1/2 for the season, and he caught a touchdown pass - his third of the season - while lined up in a goal-line formation. One of his would-be foes on Sunday, Jacksonville right tackle Austin Pasztor, wont play after suffering a ruptured right hamstring. Watt has faced the Jaguars six times and has 5 1/2 sacks. On the mend for Houstons defense is cornerback Kareem Jackson, whos questionable with a knee injury; and rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, whos played just four games thanks to illness and myriad injuries. Hes also questionable this week with a knee problem. The No. 1 overall draft pick has seven tackles and no sacks in limited action, but he maintains the full faith and confidence of the coaching staff, according to OBrien. I want to be real clear about this with him as it relates to us here and the Houston Texans, OBrien said. We think very highly of him. We know that he is going to be a really good player. He has been unlucky. He is a good kid. He is a good teammate and he is working hard to get back on the field. If he plays, hell aim for the inaugural sack against the player selected two picks after him, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles, whos been sacked 34 times overall and seven times last week. In spite of the pressure, the win over the Giants was a watershed for Bortles, who completed his first full game with no interceptions while amassing 194 yards passing, rushing for 68 and throwing a TD pass. Bortles led an 11-play, 55-yard drive that yielded the winning field goal with 28 seconds to go. You could just see him wanting to take over the game, and his mentality, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. He didnt slide. When we needed a couple of extra yards, he went for it. Thats what the guys are gravitating toward - his competitiveness, his focus and his taking advantage of opportunities. His quarterback counterpart, Houstons Ryan Fitzpatrick, is also trying to keep momentum. The Harvard University product was benched for Ryan Mallett in early November, but regained the No. 1 status when Mallett was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. He completed 24-of-33 passes for 358 yards and threw six touchdowns in the rout of Tennessee, six days after turning 32. Prior to losing his starting role, he had an 87.1 passer rating, 11 TD passes and eight interceptions. Maybe it helped Fitz to take a step back, OBrien said. You never want to see anybody get hurt like Mallett did, but maybe it helped Fitz to see how the offense was operated and he went in there and did a good job. The trick is, can we do it again? The Texans began the season with two straight wins, but had gone 3-6 over nine subsequent games before facing the Titans. Theyre still mathematically in the divisional title race, but can be officially excluded with a loss to Jacksonville and win by Indianapolis, which leads the AFC South. The 45 points against Tennessee were a franchise record. Running back Arian Foster had 105 yards on the ground and Fitzpatrick connected with DeAndre Hopkins nine times for 238 yards and two touchdowns - just a week after scoring a season-low 13 points against Cincinnati. It comes down to consistency, OBrien said. Its really important. Its vitally important to go out there and have a great week of practice and I think thats what we did last week. Guys were really detailed and focused. Thats what we have to do this week again. WHAT TO WATCH FOR Where Art Thou, 99? A matchup with a phenomenon like Watt would have been difficult enough if the Jaguars had Pasztor in his typical place as the starting right tackle. But with him out, the primary responsibility for contending with Watt falls to either Josh Wells, a rookie free agent; or Sam Young, a fifth-year player whos been inactive for the last six weeks. Either way, Bortles might want to work hard on quick releases this week. Make Ryan Be Ryan Though Fitzpatrick had a dominant - and mistake-free - game last week, its hardly a consensus view that the showing against a poor pass defense indicates a change from a career speckled with inconsistency. The Jaguars 37 sacks are third-best in the NFL and the defense has forced eight fumbles in two games. Another effort like that could reveal more of the true Fitzpatrick under center. OVERALL ANALYSIS Itd be easy to hear OBrien talk about how legitimate a team the Jaguars are, then consider the fact that theyre home and find enough reason to go ahead and pick them. But its not that simple. The Texans still have the best player on the field in Watt, and more ammo on offense against a team thats got few true weapons and an inconsistent rookie quarterback. A surprise is possible, but not at all likely. Sports Network predicted outcome: Texans 31, Jaguars 23 Sonny Jurgensen Jersey . Both sides of the deal have formally announced acquisitions: TFC introduced Jozy Altidore as a designated player on Friday, while their counterparts announced a three-and-a-half-year deal with Jermain Defoe. Montez Sweat Jersey . - Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. http://www.cheapredskinsjerseysauthentic.com/?tag=authentic-sammy-baugh-jersey . The NFLs Defensive Rookie of the Year will be named at the NFL Honours Award show on February 1. 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John Carlson and Troy Brouwer each chipped in a pair of assists to back a 31- save effort by Braden Holtby. Daniel Winnik and Trevor Smith supplied offense for the Maple Leafs, who fired Randy Carlyle on Tuesday and have lost eight of 10 overall. This was a frustrating game because we gave them some goals and that got us down, said Winnik. We have to make some changes here to tighten things up. Jonathan Bernier allowed five goals on 25 shots in the setback. The Caps took a three-goal lead on Fehrs blast with 8:40 left in regulation, a shot perfectly placed inside the far post from the right wing just as a Toronto penalty expired. Holtby remained steady in the crease, turning away all 14 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes, and Ovechkin hit the empty net with 27 secoonds on the clock.dddddddddddd. The visitors struck first, as Evgeny Kuznetsov fed Johansson for a blistering one-timer from the slot just 5:10 after the opening faceoff. Winnik evened things for the hosts at 4:49 of the second by redirecting a Cody Franson point offering. Fehr picked up a short-handed goal with 6:20 elapsed and the visitors went up by a 3-1 count just shy of the nine-minute mark when Laichs shot off a right- circle faceoff win deflected off the stick of Franson and dipped by Bernier. Smith recorded his first goal of the season at 16:08 which drew the Leafs within one, but Johansson notched his second of the contest on a quick wrister from the right circle to restore Washingtons two-goal margin only 42 seconds later. Game Notes The 54-year-old Horachek spent 10 years as an assistant with the Nashville Predators under current Capitals coach Barry Trotz and was coach of the Florida Panthers for 66 games last season, finishing 26-36-4 ... Carlyle, a former Leafs defenseman, finished his Toronto coaching tenure with a 91-78-13 regular-season record ... Ovechkins marker gave him 20 goals in each of his 10 NHL seasons ... 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