Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans: 5 bold predictions for Week 1

Houston Texans mascot "Toro" and the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense will play up to its potential in Week 1.

4. Running back James Robinson will rack up 150 rushing yards, and two total touchdowns.

With rookie Travis Etienne out for the year, James Robinson will once again be entrusted with carrying the load. The former Redbird showed in his rookie campaign he belongs in the NFL, toting the rock 240 times for 1,070 yards. Last season, he had a 100-yard game until Week 2. This year, he will tally 150 rushing yards in the very first game.

Keep in mind that all Jaguars starting offensive linemen will be available for the game, so Robinson won’t have trouble finding wide running lanes. He will score a rushing touchdown and will catch one of Trevor Lawrence’s two passing touchdowns.

5. DJ Chark Jr. will get close to the 200-yard mark. 

Fourth-year wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. is one of the best players on the Jaguars’ roster. The team’s brass would be better off giving a contract extension right now but if it isn’t their priority, there’s no better way to convince them to do so by having a career year. Although the 2018 second-round pick missed the preseason with a hand injury, he’s ready to go.

After making the Pro Bowl in 2019, Chark saw his numbers drop due to the lack of consistency at quarterback. That should no longer be an issue with Trevor Lawrence behind center. The top overall pick in the 2021 draft will target Chark often in Week 1 and will connect with him on a couple of deep shots. Head coach Urban Meyer challenged the former LSU Tiger to gain weight this offseason. All his work will pay off when he logs close to 200 receiving yards and one touchdown.

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