Week 2 features a battle between two AFC south foes, the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) and the Houston Texans (0-1). With both teams coming off devastating losses, the Jaguars and Texans will have a lot to prove in this matchup. In week one, Jacksonville lost its starting quarterback Nick Foles to a broken clavicle, which will leave him sidelined for several weeks. The Jags are looking to rally around rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who had a very impressive showing where he went 22 of 25 for 275 yards two touchdowns and one interception. Meanwhile the Houston Texans are coming off a heartbreaking last second loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Both teams have taken turns sweeping one another the past few seasons, with the Texans winning both matchups last year. The Texans are 9.5-point favorites against the reeling Jaguars, which represents the second largest home odds for this upcoming Sunday. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Matchup Page.
Date: September 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: NRG Stadium -Houston, Texas
Texans: Deandre Hopkins(Q), Keke Coutee (Q), Tayshaun Gipson(Q), Tytus Howard (Q), Tawain Jones(Q), Justin Reid(Q), Deshaun Watson(Q)
Jaguars: Quincy Williams (Q), Cam Robinson (Q), Marcell Dareus (Q), Cedric Ogbuechi (O), Josh Oliver (O), Yannick Ngakoue (O), Calais Campbell (O)
Can somebody please help Deshaun Watson? The offense looked very impressive with Deshaun Watson putting up a gaudy stat line of 20-30 passing with three touchdowns and 1 interception. Deandre Hopkins bounced back from a few early drops and proved his WR1 status by catching 8 of his 13 targets for 111 yards and two touchdowns. This connection should prove to be deadly against a Jacksonville Defense that made Sammy Watkins look like the second coming of Jerry Rice. The Texans will need to feature their potent rushing attack against a Jacksonville team that ranked 20th against the run last season. The run game also looked serviceable as newcomers Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson combined for 19 carries for 140 yards which averages to around 7.4 yards per carry. We should continue to see a split workload for the two backs.
The Texans offensive line must do a better job to protect Deshaun Watson after he was sacked six times and hit 11 times by the Saints defense. The They should have an easier time protecting the quarterback as they are going up a Jacksonville Defense which generated 0 sacks and 0 turnovers throughout the course of their game against the Chiefs. The Texans will need to find a better way to generate pressure on the quarterback after their anemic performance against the Saints. The Texans only had one sack and 3 quarterback hits. I expect J.J. Watt to have a big game against rookie Jawaan Taylor and get to the quarterback.
Houston Texans Depth Chart
It was a disappointing Sunday for a Jaguars team that did their part to right the ship this offseason after a very forgettable 2018 campaign. Starting quarterback Nick Foles was sidelined with a broken clavicle injury, which will keep him out for several games this season. Prior to being injured Nick Foles was 5 of 8 with 75 yards and one touchdown. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II took over in place of Foles was rookie quarterback whom had an exciting debut for the Jags going 22 of 25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Jaguars should have some success throwing the ball against a Houston defense that ranked 28th against the pass last season. I expect Chris Conley to have another big game this week after he accounted for 20% of the targets from Minshew II and turned in 6 catches for 97 yards with 1 touchdown. The running game should have greater success against Houston after allowing Alvin Kamara to gash them for 7.5 yards per carry.
There were no positives on the other side of the ball for Jacksonville. They struggled mightily against Sammy Watkins as Tyreke Hill was sidelined with injury. The Jaguars defense will hope to slow down Deandre Hopkins after he torched them to the tune of 12 catches and 147 yards in their last matchup. The Jacksonville Defense should try to blitz the Houston offensive line which gave up 6 sacks in their previous matchup. Look for Calais Campbell to have a big game against Laremy Tunsil whom gave up 2 sacks and 5 QB pressures.
Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart
After an impressive showing against one of the NFL’s more premier defenses I expect Deandre Hopkins to have another big game against the Jacksonville Defense. While Jalen Ramsey remains as one of the top corners in today’s league, Deandre Hopkins is simply on another level grabbing 8 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in his last game. I would look for Will Fuller as a possible WR2 as he is returning from injury and will receive more targets as the Jaguars attempt to take away Deandre Hopkins. Running back Leonard Fournette should have a big game as the Texans ranked 30th in rushing defense last season. I would stay away from starting Minshew II as most of his stats were gained in garbage time, and he only threw 5.4 yards per attempt. That would not work well in PPR leagues.