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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans Pick & Prediction OCT 11TH 2020

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In the aftermath of Houston Texans coach/general manager Bill O'Brien receiving a pink slip this week, rumors of internal unrest inside NRG Stadium were guaranteed to find the light of day.


The Texans (0-4) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) Sunday in dire need of a victory -- and something to change the narrative engulfing their ragged start.


Almost immediately after O'Brien was fired, reports surfaced that five-time All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt got into a heated argument with O'Brien at practice two weeks ago and that the argument served as the moment the team got away from O'Brien.


"I don't know," Watt said when asked if the reported confrontation contributed to the O'Brien dismissal. "I'm not going to talk about what happened at practice or what conversations were had or whatever it may be. The situation is what the situation is. We right now have a fresh start and we had a good practice (Wednesday). We're looking forward to Jacksonville."


Romeo Crennel, who served as defensive coordinator before moving into an associate coaching role, was named the interim head coach. He is familiar with the top job, having served in that capacity with the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. The circumstances yielding this promotion aren't ideal, but the Texans recognize that Crennel is experienced in the role.


While the Texans have their share of issues defensively, ranking 27th with 126 points allowed while having yet to force a turnover, unlocking quarterback Deshaun Watson is the foremost priority. Nothing statistically points to a clear regression, but Watson has yet to consistently flash the dynamism that underscored his back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2018 and last season.


Fundamental to helping Watson is getting an anemic running attack going. The Texans rank dead last in the NFL with 294 rushing yards.


"I think that we would like for Deshaun to be who we know he can be," Crennel said. "We're going to work to try to make that happen. I think that you're correct that if we can provide him with some tools, and the running game being part of it, that will help make him better. We're going to put an emphasis on our technique and fundamentals and try to get our running game going."


The Jaguars got banged up against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday and saw five players injured in the 33-25 loss miss practice Wednesday -- defensive end Josh Allen (knee), cornerbacks D.J. Hayden (hamstring) and CJ Henderson (shoulder), linebacker Myles Jack (ankle) and left tackle Cam Robinson (knee). Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone remained hopeful that everyone excluding Hayden could participate against the Texans this weekend.


Hayden was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.


The Jaguars have dropped three consecutive games. With their bloated injury list -- three others missed practice Wednesday -- and a defense that ranks in the bottom 10 in points and yards allowed, Jacksonville is in no position to take the rudderless Texans lightly.


"We've got enough turmoil going on our own," Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II said. "We've got to figure our (expletive) out first. So, hey, we're fired up and we're ready to go."


--Field Level Media


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Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans

Player Position Lineup
Dakota Allen primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Taven Bryan primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
A.J. Cann primary: Right Guard Starter
DJ Chark Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tre Herndon primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Abry Jones primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Brandon Linder primary: Center Starter
Gardner Minshew II primary: Quarterback Starter
Andrew Norwell primary: Left Guard Starter
James O'Shaughnessy primary: Tight End Starter
Cam Robinson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Dawuane Smoot primary: Defensive End Starter
Jawaan Taylor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jarrod Wilson primary: Free Safety Starter
Josh Jones primary: Strong Safety Starter
Joe Schobert primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
K'Lavon Chaisson primary: Defensive End Starter
Laviska Shenault Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Claybrooks primary: Left Cornerback Starter
James Robinson primary: Runningback Starter
Bruce Miller primary: Fullback Starter
Sidney Jones primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Keelan Cole Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chris Conley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Logan Cooke primary: Punter Substitution
Will Richardson Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Tyler Shatley primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Brandon Watson primary: Safety Substitution
Quincy Williams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Andrew Wingard primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Eifert primary: Tight End Substitution
Cassius Marsh Sr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Davon Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ben Bartch primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Shaquille Quarterman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Daniel Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
Collin Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Davis primary: Tight End Substitution
Doug Costin primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ross Matiscik primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chris Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Substitution
Caraun Reid primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dare Ogunbowale primary: Runningback Substitution
Stephen Hauschka primary: Kicker Substitution
Josh Allen primary: Defensive End Not active
Myles Jack primary: Linebacker Not active
Dede Westbrook primary: Wide Receiver Not active
C.J. Henderson primary: Cornerback Not active
Josiah Scott primary: Cornerback Did not play
Jake Luton primary: Quarterback Not active
Luq Barcoo primary: Cornerback Did not play
Mike Glennon primary: Quarterback Did not play
Daniel Ekuale primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Senio Kelemete primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Brennan Scarlett primary: Linebacker Starter
Laremy Tunsil primary: Left Tackle Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
David Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive End Starter
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
DeAndre Carter primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dylan Cole primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Substitution
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Roderick Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Max Scharping primary: Guard Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nate Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jonathan Owens primary: Safety Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Michael Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Substitution
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Not active
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Not active
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Not active
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Benardrick McKinney primary: Inside Linebacker Not active
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans

  • Match Start
  • Period 2
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 44 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Darren Fells
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keelan Cole Sr.
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Hauschka
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 3
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 28 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Brandin Cooks
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Hauschka
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Pass Receiver: Collin Johnson
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: Will Fuller V
  • Match End


Last 10

W 0% L 100%
0 10
  • @Indianapolis L 14 - 28
  • Chicago L 41 - 17
  • @Baltimore L 14 - 40
  • Tennessee L 31 - 10
  • @Minnesota L 24 - 27
  • Cleveland L 27 - 25
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
  • @Green Bay L 20 - 24
  • Houston L 27 - 25
  • @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20

Last Meetings

  • Texans @ Jaguars 27-25
  • Jaguars @ Texans 14-30
  • Texans @ Jaguars 26-3
  • Jaguars @ Texans 12-13
  • Jaguars @ Texans 3-20
  • Texans @ Jaguars 20-7
  • Texans @ Jaguars 7-45
  • Jaguars @ Texans 29-7
  • Jaguars @ Texans 20-21
  • Texans @ Jaguars 24-21

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries