Jacksonville Jaguars versus Houston Texans
The Jaguars got off to a rough start, losing starting quarterback Nick Foles to a broken left clavicle during the first quarter.
Backup Gardner Minshew was outstanding, completing 22-of-25 for 275 and two touchdowns.
However, this should be taken with a grain of salt against the Chiefs, whose defense generally isn’t their strong suit.
The Jaguars fell by a 40-26 score and enter on the road against the Texans as an 8 ½ point underdog with the over/under at 43 ½.
The Texans took part in perhaps the best game in week one, battling the Saints back and forth taking the lead late on two-play…
two pass drive to go ahead with under a minute to play.
However, the defense couldn’t keep Drew Brees from marching the Saints into field goal range and a long attempt field goal for a 30-28 win.
The Jaguars used a balanced passing game last week. Chris Conley lead the team with six catches for 97 yards.
Dede Westbrook hauled in five, but for a mere 30 yards. DJ Clark was the best weapon in the air, catching four for 146 yards.
On the ground, Leonard Fournette rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries.
The Saints ran through the Texans for 148 yards on 21 carries and 370 yards through the air, so the Jaguars appears could have success should they keep the pressure off Minshaw.
It’s worth noting that JJ Watt was held without a sack or a tackle against the Saints.
When the Texans have the ball, it’s clear the two weapons are quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Watson threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns versus the Saints, finding Hopkins eight times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The question is how effectively the Jaguars to can contain those two.
Last week against the Chiefs, the Jaguars allowed 378 yards and three touchdowns in the air.
They also had no sacks or interceptions and must get pressure on Watson, who was taken to the turf six times against the Saints.
Should the Texans opt to run the ball, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr will be the primary weapons.
Hyde averaged 8.3 yards on ten carries and could have success against Jacksonville, who allowed 4.3 yards per carry against the Chiefs.
If the game is close late, look for Josh Lambo and Ka’imi Fairbairn to battle it out.
Lambo hit both of his field goal attempts and has a huge leg. Fairbairn converted all four extra points but wasn’t challenged on any field goals tries.
It’s difficult to envision the Texans starting the season 0-2, particularly with this game at home.
Jacksonville likely won’t have as much offensive success this week against a much more talented defensive unit that will be hungry after giving up 30 points in week one.
Much can be said for Jacksonville, who prides themselves on the defensive side of the ball.
Look for a lower scoring game and a tight one. Go for the under with Houston winning, but Jacksonville to cover.
PICK- UNDER 43.5
RESULT UPDATE – WON TEXANS 13, JAGUARS 12