The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday afternoon. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. These two teams have struggled throughout the early portion of the season, but will look to earn a big divisional game. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Texans have put up a record of 1-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AFC South. Houston has had a very disappointing start to the season after making a playoff run last season. The Texans have not been able to gain any momentum on the season losing back to back games going into their bye week. Now Houston will look to grab their second win over the Jaguars this season.
Jacksonville has also earned a record of 1-6 so far this season, which has them in last place of the AFC South. The Jaguars earned a win in their first game of the season, but have since lost six in a row. Jacksonville will look to even up the season series with the Texans in this one. The Jaguars are also coming off their bye week, which they will look to come out strong from.
These two teams have had rough starts to the season, but will both look to earn big wins coming out of the bye week. The Texans were able to take the first meeting of this season against Jacksonville, but I expect the Jaguars to be ready at home. If Houston can find some rhythm out of their bye week though, it could be enough to earn a road win.
The first meeting between these two teams was in Week 5 in Houston. Gardner Minshew threw two touchdowns for the Jaguars, but it was not enough. Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes on the day to help lead Houston. Ka’imi Fairbairn went 3-3 on field goals as the Texans earned their first win with a 30-14 victory at home.
Houston’s last matchup came against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7. Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes for the Texans, but it would not be enough to lead Houston to a comeback. Aaron Rodgers had four touchdown passes, including two to Davante Adams on the day. Jamaal Williams had a rushing touchdown as the Packers dominated for a 35-20 win.
The Jaguars met up with the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7. Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and James Robinson had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Justin Herbert had three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown on the afternoon. Joe Reed added a rushing touchdown as Los Angeles earned a 39-29 win.
These two teams are coming off tough losses in Week 7. The Jaguars were up early in the second half of their game, but Justin Herbert took over after that. The Texans did not put up any points in the first half and it led to a tough outing against Green Bay. Both teams will need their offenses to step up earlier in this one to try and find some consistency.
Deshaun Watson is the starting Quarterback for the Texans this season. Watson has thrown for 2095 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on the season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown. In Week 7, Watson went 29-39 for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns. Houston will need another strong performance from Watson in this one.
Jake Luton will get his first career start for Jacksonville in Week 9 as Gardner Minshew is out with a hand injury. Luton played for Idaho and Oregon State in college. He threw for 5610 yards, 43 touchdowns and 15 interceptions over his college career. The Jaguars will look for a strong start out of him as they face their division rival.
The Texans definitely have the edge at Quarterback with the proven Watson starting under center. The one edge that Jacksonville has coming into this one is the lack of film on Luton at the NFL level. The Jaguars will look for him to lead the offense in a productive way as he faces off against a struggling Houston defense. If Luton can come out strong, it could give Jacksonville a chance.
The Texans have been able to put up a middle of the pack offensive numbers this season. Houston has scored 166 points and gained 2573 yards of offense throughout this season, which is 22nd and 15th in the NFL this season. Houston has allowed opposing teams to score 217 points and gain 2923 yards of offense, which are both 30th in the league.
Jacksonville has struggled to find any consistency on offense or defense throughout this season. The Jaguars have scored 154 points this season, which is 26th in the NFL. Jacksonville has gained 2401 yards of offense, which is 24th in the league. The Jaguars have allowed their opponents to score 220 points and 2971 yards, which are both 31st in the NFL.
Houston has been better on offense this season and are slightly better on defense. These two teams have two of the worst defenses in the league this season, which could lead to a higher scoring affair. The Jaguars will look for Luton to provide a much-needed spark to the offense for this one. If the Texans can shut down Luton though, it could be enough for a big win.
The Texans only win has come against the Jaguars in Week 5 of the season. Houston will have another good chance to earn a win as they face off against Jacksonville without Gardner Minshew. The Jaguars will need some players to step up against Houston if they want to earn the win in this one. I believe Houston is looking better coming out of their bye week, which will give them an edge in this one.
BetOnline has the Texans listed as a -7 against the spread. Houston was able to dominate in Week 5 and now without Minshew, I believe Jacksonville is in trouble. The Jaguars will rely on Jake Luton in this one and with the Texans defense feeling refreshed after their bye, I believe they will shut him down. If Houston can get the offense rolling early, it should be enough to dominate for a win.