The Houston Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC South matchup that could set the tone for the division early on. The game is tentatively slated for Houston, but in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Jaguars have offered to swap home games with the Texans, who were scheduled to go to Jacksonville in Week 15. At this point, no changes have been made.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
Point Spread: Texans -5.5 Date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET Location: NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
The betting line opened at -4 for the Texans but has since climbed to -5.5. The Jaguars have decided to start Blake Bortles at quarterback once again and his ugly preseason play is probably what has encouraged bettors to back Houston. The Texans have won their last six meetings SU with the Jaguars, covering in four of those games. Four of those games have also gone over the over. The total for this game is set at 40.
The jury is still out on the Jaguars, who have a lot of young talent at the skill positions, starting with the receiver trio of Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. Rookie Leonard Fournette should be a Week 1 starter at running back. The defense was better than expected last year, think last year (sixth overall) and even added the likes of Calais Campbell and Barry Church. However, they still have Bortles at quarterback and he continues to be shaky.
The Jaguars have enough talent to push for a .500 record if he can just manage games, hit open receivers and avoid turnovers, but that has been a problem. He did finish the preseason on a high note – albeit, against backups – so hopefully that momentum carries over.
The Texans have their own issues at quarterback as Tom Savage is the starter but first-round pick Deshaun Watson is being prepared to come in and play in his rookie season. Houston just gave DeAndre Hopkins a massive contract extension and he is absolutely a top receiver in the NFL, but the Texans need a quarterback to be able to take full advantage of his skills. Lamar Miller can take some of the pressure off the passing game and the Texans had the No. 1 defense in terms of yards allowed last year. That was with J.J. Watt playing only three games, so they should again be one of the best units.
With the blossoming of Jadaveon Clowney, the Texans should be able to rattle Bortles regularly and force him into mistakes. While they have some quarterbacking issues of their own to sort out, they won’t be a problem in this one.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans Prediction