Early line: Texans (minus-2.5 points). Total: (47)
HOU 4TH OFF; JAX 12TH DEF
HOU 6TH RUN; JAX 16TH vs. RUN
HOU 10TH PASS; JAX 13TH vs. PASS
HOU 9TH PTS; JAX 11TH PTS ALLOWED
JAX 10TH OFF; HOU 20TH DEF
JAX 5TH RUN; HOU 5TH vs. RUN
JAX 14TH PASS; HOU 28TH vs. PASS
JAX 17TH PTS; HOU 18TH PTS ALLOWED
HOU T16TH TO/TA; JAX 15TH TO-TA
Texans lead all-time series 22-13-0 and have won last 3 games vs. Jags, sweeping last year’s season series, as well as squeaking by with a Week Two 13-12 win at Houston earlier this season. In Week 2 game in which teams had only 544 total yards combined, Jaguars got within one point on a 4-yard TD pass from QB Gardner Minshew to WR DJ Chark with 30 seconds remaining. But Jags failed to win the game on ensuing 2-point run conversion attempt. This is the Jags’ 7th consecutive year playing at Wembley Stadium.
QB Deshaun Watson threw for 279 yards and 3 TDs, including a highlight-reel go-ahead score in the 4th quarter in an MVP-caliber performance to lift TEXANS to a 27-24 Week 8 home win over pesky Raiders in a game in which star DE J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending pectoral-muscle injury.
There were about 6 ½ minutes left when Watson connected with TE Eddie Fells on the 9-yard scoring toss that put TEXANS up 27-24 for their first lead of the game. Houston forced a punt on the next drive when S Gareon Conley, who was traded to the Texans from Oakland last week, knocked down a pass on third down.
Watson (27-39-279-3 TDs-0 INTs-115.2 QB ranking and 10-46 rushing and a long of 12) directed a TEXANS offense that gained 388 total yards and converted 6-of-14 3rd downs in Week 8 win. Houston had zero turnovers, but O-line that lost OLT Laremy Tunsil in 4th quarter with shoulder injury (check status) allowed 3 sacks.
TEXANS had a chance to take the lead early in the third quarter, but Watson was sacked on third-and-11 from the 12, and they had to settle for a field goal that cut the lead to 14-13.
TEXANS’ extremely banged-up offensive line has allowed at least 3 sacks in 5 of 8 games, including 3 in each of the last 2 games after allowing zero sacks in each of the previous 2 games.
RB Carlos Hyde led TEXANS’ 32-130 ground game with 19-83 rushing and a long of 20; WR1 DeAndre Hopkins had over 100 yards receiving for 2nd straight game (11-109 receiving on 13 targets and a long of 21) and Fells, who has become a key red-zone target, had 6-58-2 receiving on 6 targets and a long of 23 (5 TDs total).
TEXANS defense allowed Raiders 378 total yards (93 rushing) and 5-of-12 3rd-down conversions and failed to register any sacks or takeaways in Week 8 win. Watt had three tackles, including one for a loss, and swatted down a pass before he was injured.
In addition to Tunsil, check status of TEXANS CB Lonnie Johnson, who left in the first half in Week 8 win with a concussion; WR Will Fuller (hamstring; DNP in Week 8), OT Tytus Howard (knee; DNP in Week 8) and C Greg Mancz (concussion; DNP in Week 8).
In TEXANS’ Week 2 win over Jags, Watson had 16-29-159-0 TDs-0 INTs (70.9 QB rating) while getting sacked 4 times and 4-5-1 rushing, including a 2-yard TD; Hyde had 20-90 rushing and a long of 14; Hopkins and Will Fuller each had 40 yards receiving; OLB Whitney Mercilus had 2 sack-FFs and 3 hurries; and ILB Zach Cunningham had a sack and team-leading 10 tackles.
JAGUARS QB Gardner Minshew is making himself more difficult to bench after throwing for 279 yards and 3 TDs in Week Eight 29-15 home victory over the Jets. Jacksonville’s defense came up big with 8 sacks and 3 INTs as team moved back to .500.
JAGUARS’ Minshew has one more guaranteed start in London vs. Texans with QB Nick Foles returning to practice this week and eligible to come off IR in time to play at Indianapolis on Nov. 17. If Minshew plays like he did against the Jets, Jags head coach Doug Marrone could have a really hard time benching him in favor of Foles.
JAGUARS’ Minshew begins 2nd half of 2019 season with 1,976 yards passing, averaging 7.6 yards per pass and completing 61.9 percent of his passes with a sterling 13-2 TD-INT ratio (98.8 QB rating). He also has 38-201-0 rushing (5.3 ypc).
Minshew does have 9 fumbles this season (5 lost), but he looked calm and comfortable in the pocket and had his second-highest QB rating (119.6) of the season in JAGUARS’ Week 8 win.
Minshew was sacked twice in JAGUARS’ Week 8 win, but he also scrambled for 28 yards and three first downs. He clearly has more mobility than Foles, and considering he’s been sacked two times in five straight weeks, that could come in handy moving forward.
Minshew completed 22-of-34 passes for 279 yards in Week 8 win, with TDs to JAGUARS WRs Keelan Cole, Chris Conley and DJ Chark. The pass to Chark was his best of the day and sealed the win. Minshew rolled right on 3rd-and-goal from the 8, pump-faked twice to move defenders and then hit Chark in front corner of the end zone.
It was “Minshew Mania” at its finest, the mustachioed maestro finding a way to make something happen. It also gave JAGUARS a better-than-usual performance in the red zone. Jacksonville entered the game ranked last in league in red-zone efficiency. They scored twice on 4 trips inside the 20 vs. Jets, making them 3-for-12 over last 3 games.
Minshew’s strong Week 8 effort followed his most inconsistent performances of the season. He completed less than 50% in games against New Orleans and Cincinnati, making many believe JAGUARS would switch back to Foles without much fanfare.
Two big plays provided JAGUARS with an early lead in Week 8, and two more put the game away. RB Leonard Fournette ran for 66 yards on the 2nd play of the opening series to set up Cole’s 6-yard score two plays later. Later in the first quarter, Minshew connected with Conley for a 70-yard score.
In JAGUARS’ Week 8 win, Fournette had 136 total yards (19-76 rushing, 7-60 receiving), Chark had 6-79-1 receiving on 12 targets and a long of 29 and Conley had 4-103-1 receiving on 7 targets one week after 3-83 receiving on 7 targets and long of 47 in Week 7 win over Bengals.
JAGUARS defense limited Jets to only 213 yards in Week 8 win, with 93 of those yards coming on their opening drive. LCB Tre Herndon had 2 INTs, RCB A.J. Bouye had an INT and 6 tackles and DEs Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen each had 2 sacks (Allen also had a FF).
Check status of JAGUARS WRs Dede Westbrook, who suffered a neck/shoulder injury in Week 8, and Marquise Lee, who left in 2nd quarter with shoulder injury; CB D.J. Hayden, who left in 4th quarter with a left-shoulder injury; S Ronnie Harrison, who left late in 4th quarter with a neck injury; and LBs Quincy Williams (hamstring), Najee Goode (toe; DNP in Week 8) and Leon Jacobs (hamstring; DNP in Week 8).
In JAGUARS’ Week 2 win over Jags, Minshew had 23-33-213-1 TD-0 INTs (97.2 QB rating) and 3 fumbles (one lost) while getting sacked 4 times and 6-56 rushing with a long of 21; Fournette had 15-47 rushing and a long of 14 and 4-40 receiving on 6 targets and a long of 20; Chark had 7-55-1 receiving on 9 targets and a long of 14; Conley had 4-73 receiving on 5 targets and a long of 31; and SS Ronnie Harrison had a sack and tied for team lead in tackles (8) with Williams.
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