Texans vs. Jaguars Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 9 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 28, 2019

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DJ Chark has quickly become Gardner Minshew's favourite target. The Jags square off against the Houston Texans in London this week.

Houston
10-6
AT
November 03, 2019, 9:30 AM ET
Wembley Stadium
Pointspread +1 -115
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +46

61%

Betting Action

39%

Pointspread -1 -105
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +46

61%

Betting Action

39%

It’s a matchup of promising young quarterbacks and a morning start time on Sunday from London as the Houston Texans face the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9.

NFL London Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The is the last of four London games for the 2019 NFL season and has a kickoff of 9:30 a.m. ET from historic Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars “host” a London game every year and there are rumours the team might move overseas if/when the NFL ever decides to put a full-time team there. Or perhaps play half their games there and half in Florida. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan also owns English soccer team Fulham.

It’s two young quarterbacks here in rookie Gardner Minshew II for Jacksonville and second-year Deshaun Watson of Houston. Watson was supposed to be a good player as a former national championship-winning quarterback at Clemson and first-round pick. Minshew came out of nowhere this year as a sixth-round surprise.

Houston won the AFC South in 2018 and Jacksonville was last so no surprise the Texans swept the season series. The games were very similar: 20-7 in Jacksonville and 20-3 in Houston to close the regular season that clinched the division title for the Texans. Former first-round bust Blake Bortles was the Jags’ starting QB in both and he’s now a backup with the Rams. Watson had very modest numbers in both.

The underdog is 10-4 ATS in the past 14 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the previous five.

Houston Texans

Houston was a 27-24 winner over visiting Oakland on Sunday but it was costly because star defensive end and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending injury. It will be the fourth time in the past five seasons that he will end the year on injured reserve. Watt didn’t miss a game the first five seasons of his career. He had four sacks in 2019 despite constant double-teams. After throwing two interceptions in back-to-back weeks, Watson did not commit a turnover Sunday. He threw for 279 yards and three scores. Two cornerbacks, Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby, were inactive due to injury and then fellow cornerback Lonnie Johnson left with a possible concussion. No. 2 receiver Will Fuller sat with a hamstring injury and he won’t play this week. Houston is 2-5 ATS in its past seven following a win.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville got to .500 with its second straight win Sunday, 29-15 over the Jets. The Jaguars picked off Sam Darnold three times and had eight quarterback sacks. Rookie Josh Allen had two sacks and his seven are the most by a Jaguars player through their first eight career games. He’s a candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.  One of those interceptions led to the game-winning 8-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to DJ Chark with just over four minutes left. Minshew threw three TD passes overall. Jacksonville was missing three injured linebackers Sunday and then lost cornerback D.J. Hayden and safety Ronnie Harrison to injuries. Receiver Dede Westbrook also left injured. The Jaguars have covered five straight vs. AFC foes.

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