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no rx 2016; Mexico City, store MEX; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates their first down rush on fourth down to seal the 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports” width=”656″ height=”369″ /> Nov 21, dosage 2016; Mexico City, MEX; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates their first down rush on fourth down to seal the 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

MEXICO CITY – The party in the stands started early in the second NFL regular season game ever played in Mexico with loud cheers and chants from before kickoff until the final whistle. The Oakland offense took a little longer to get going, but once they did Derek Carr and the Raiders came out with yet another win.

Carr woke up a struggling offense by throwing two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Raiders capped a successful trip to Mexico with a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night.

 

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HOUSTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Feel free to employ the services of Houston Texansrunning back Lamar Miller this Sunday, but don’t expect an RB1 performance.

Miller has been questionable this week with a shoulder injury. He told the Houston Chronicle that he hopes to be “full-go” for a matchup against the Detroit Lions. Miller in an RB2 for me this week against a defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown to a running back.

 

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MEXICO CITY — Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler said a green laser that was shined onto the field and into his eyes during the Texans’ 27-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City was “very distracting.”

Throughout the game, someone in the stadium shined what appeared to be a green laser pointer on the field when the Texans were on offense.

“I’m still gathering information on what exactly took place, but all I know at this point is, when we were out there on the field on offense, there were multiple times I saw a green laser coming from the stands,” Osweiler said. “There were a couple of times it definitely hit me in the eye. And it was very noticeable.

 

 

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A game between the Raiders and Texans doesn’t just pit two winning teams against each other, it features two teams that enter Week 11 at the top spots in their divisions. But that doesn’t mean the game includes two good teams.

The Texans are 6-3, but they’re not any good. They don’t have an adequate quarterback, they’re missing their best player (J.J. Watt), they have a -27 point differential, and they’ve capitalized on their schedule by barely beating awful teams like the Jaguars, Colts, and Bears. Still, the Texans are in first place of the AFC South and are on track to make another trip to the postseason.

But those postseason plans will hit a snag Monday night, because on Monday night, the Raiders will be there to meet them on the field. Even though the Texans have the luxury of playing a road game at a neutral location (Mexico City) — then again, the players can’t even leave their hotel rooms so maybe luxury isn’t the correct word — that won’t be enough to make up the difference.

Unlike the Texans, the Raiders have an actual quarterback — a quarterback the team could’ve drafted, but chose an offensive lineman instead. That’s not to say they don’t have their flaws, which we’ll get to, but there’s no way Brock Osweiler will be able to keep pace with Derek Carr. Quarterback wins is almost an overused stat and so is comparing quarterbacks as if they’re actually playing against each other, but when the difference in quarterbacks is this substantial, it matters.

That’s the main reason why I’m picking the Raiders to rout the Texans. It’s rather simple: The Raiders have the better quarterback, by far, and the Texans’ defense just isn’t good enough to win the game on its own.

 

 

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — As much as possible, the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans want to treat their trip to Mexico City as business as usual.

But there’s no hiding the fact that this game will be unlike any other road trip.

Players have been given security warnings. The teams are taking precautions about how their food is prepared. And both teams are figuring out how to deal with the thin air 7,380 feet above sea level when the Texans (6-3) take on the Raiders (7-2) on Monday night at Azteca Stadium.

Players have run extra laps, spent more time on the bike, and a few have even used elevation masks as part of their training for the game.

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The Oakland Raiders will come off their bye and begin the final seven games of the regular season with a game against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, for sale Mexico as part of the NFL’s International Series. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. local time). The game will mark the second regular season game that the Raiders have played outside of the United States, pharm as they traveled to London to host the Miami Dolphins in 2014. The Raiders have played a preseason game at Estadio Azteca, squaring off against the Dallas Cowboys on August 27, 2001. Monday night’s game will be the second regular season game played in Mexico City, as the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers played in the first international regular season game on October 2, 2005. The game will be televised live on ESPN in the United States and on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico, marking the first Monday Night Football game to be played outside the US.

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In the 2015 season finale, mind three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown pulled around from his left tackle position to the right side of the formation to block Jaguars linebacker Hayes Pullard. The collision was one I’ll never forget as the sound from that collision could be heard and felt all the way over to the sideline. I have headphones on at full volume to listen and be engaged with the radio broadcast.

And I heard it.

Brown fell to the turf as he tried to get back to the huddle and remained down for a while. It’s not an unusual sight to see players injured in a game, check but Brown has been such a warrior in his career, dosage and because it was him, many were shook up in NRG Stadium.

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2016 Houston Texans Midseason: A Look At The Numbers

Here we all sit, staring at the schedule ahead, thinking about the future. Rather than do that , I want to look at the past two months, the last eight games, and see what the numbers say about the Houston Texans now that we have a football sample large enough to do something with. As a heads up, the ranks involving these numbers are from last weekend and the adjusted numbers may be off by a percentage point or so. Everywhere else, the raw totals are accurate. If +/- a spot or two isn’t exact enough for you, I’m sorry.

Overall:

Football’s skeleton is comprised of sixteen parts. Because of the short schedule, strange things happen, flukes occur, and the win-loss record can be easily manipulated. Teams can play poorly and still win games (see Ravens, Baltimore). Teams can play well and still lose games (see Chargers, San Diego).

The Texans fall in the first category. They are 5-3, but they haven’t played like a true five win team. The performance doesn’t match the drapes. Football Outsiders has Houston with 2.5 estimated wins. Eight games in, the Texans have a point differential of -30. This amounts to an expected win-loss record of 3.1-4.9. In other words, the Texans have won nearly two more games than their point differential indicates they should. To put than in perspective, the Colts won 1.9 more, the Broncos won 2.3 more, and the Panthers won 2.9 more games than expected last year. This year, those teams are 4-5, 6-3, and 3-5. On average, teams that win 2-3 more games than expected see their record drop by 2.5 wins the next year. So far this season, the Texans are already lumped into that category.

Another area of luck the Texans have taken advantage of is one possession games. The Texans are 4-0 in games decided by eight points or less. They beat Kansas City 22-19, Tennessee 27-20, Indianapolis 26-23, and Detroit 20-13. The only win that wasn’t a one possession victory was against the 2-6 Bears in Week One. Against Kansas City, the Texans recovered all three of Kansas City’s fumbles. Against Tennessee, they stopped the Titans on both of their fourth quarter comeback drives. Against Indianapolis, they scored nine points on nine possessions before scoring seventeen straight against one of the league’s worst defenses to win in overtime. Against Detroit, Jim Caldwell squandered any chance of Matthew Stafford the casually tying the game in the fourth quarter by choosing to kick an onside kick with three timeouts and the two minute warning clock stoppage.

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Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

Houston holds the upper hand in the rivalry with Jacksonville, winning nine of the last 11 meetings straight up, including the last four in a row, and going 6-4-1 against the spread. The AFC South-leading Texans shoot to make it five straight over the Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Point spread: The Jaguars opened as one-point favorites; the total was 43.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 26.5-16.8 Jaguars (NFL picks on every game)

Why the Texans can cover the spread

The Texans bounced back from that dismal defeat to the Denver Broncos three weeks ago to down the Detroit Lions two weeks ago 20-13. They then had last week off.

Houston grabbed a 14-0 lead on the Lions and never trailed after that. On the day, the Texans outrushed the Lions 105-58, grinding out much of that yardage while working the clock in the fourth quarter. They also won time of possession by a 34-26 margin on their way to covering as one-point favorites.

Last year, Houston swept two games from the Jaguars by a combined score of 61-26, winning the ground battle by a combined margin of 255-115.

Why the Jaguars can cover the spread

Jacksonville just lost at Kansas City last week 19-14, but it garnered a back-door cover as a seven-point road dog. The Jags fell down to the Chiefs 10-0 in the second quarter, pulled to within five points with four minutes to go but had their final drive end on downs at the KC 32-yard line.

On the day, the Jaguars outgained Kansas City 449-231 and outrushed the Chiefs 205-62. Running back Chris Ivory finally came up with his first 100-yard effort for his new team. But he also lost a fumble at the Kansas City goal line, and three other Jacksonville turnovers led directly to 13 Chiefs points.

On the season, the Jags are plus-nine in per-game total yardage, a stat more indicative of a 4-4 or 5-3 team rather than one that’s 2-6.

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Houston Texans Opponent Profile: Jaguars Hope To Knock Texans From Top Of AFC South

The Houston Texans are coming off a needed bye week as their team prepares to try to defend their first place lead in the AFC South. However, sick while they were on bye, clinic the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans moved within striking distance and the Jacksonville Jaguars remained entrenched in the basement. This week, Houston gets to play the Jags and hopes to avoid a breakdown against this up-and-down team. Here is a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars team profile.

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Record

The underdog pick for the 2016 NFL season was the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2015, the Jags finished with five wins, which was impressive for the struggling franchise. There were some people who felt this was the year that the Jacksonville Jaguars finally climbed back to .500 and started to contend. It hasn’t happened. The Jaguars started off the season with three straight losses and are now on another three-game losing streak, sitting at 2-6 on the year. Two more losses and the Jaguars will have yet another losing season.

Jacksonville Jaguars On Offense

In 2015, fantasy football players relied on Blake Bortles to win leagues as the unlikely fantasy hero provided a ton of great stats. However, those great stats only resulted in five wins for the Jags and this season is no different. Bortles is on pace for over 4,000 passing yards and has thrown 14 touchdowns on the season, but he also has 10 interceptions and can’t seem to pull through in the clutch. He has thrown a pick in all but two games.

Part of the problem is that Bortles has no clear cut star receiver. Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson have all caught between 30 and 40 passes on the season. Former star Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is a shell of his former self, with only 21 catches for 245 yards. The running game is the only spot where the Jags can compete. They have a two-headed monster in the form of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, who have combined for 489 yards and two touchdowns. To put that into perspective, 16 individual running backs have more rushing yards than these two men combined.

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