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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans Preview and Predictions 09-15-2019

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The line between moral victory and demoralizing loss can be fine in the NFL, but the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars firmly were on opposite sides of it in Week 1. The AFC South rivals aim to rebound from season-opening losses when they square off Sunday in Houston.

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The Texans squandered a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback on Monday as they lost 30-28 at New Orleans on a last-second field goal. Will Lutz's 58-yard kick came after Houston had gone 75 yards on two plays to take the lead with 37 seconds left. The Jaguars, on the other hand, were encouraged by their second-half surge in a 40-26 loss to Kansas City, especially considering rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew replaced injured starter Nick Foles and impressed in his NFL debut. "He's one of the few guys I've been around who can go from the classroom and really take it right onto the field," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone told reporters. "The other day was an unbelievable indication of that. I don't know how many people - especially rookies - can go out not having done anything during the week and play like that."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Houston -9.5. O/U: 43.5

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (0-1): Foles is out until at least Week 11 with a broken collarbone, but Jacksonville has confidence in Minshew, who completed his first 13 passes and finished 22-of-25 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his debut. Minshew benefits from a workhorse back in Leonard Fournette and a receiving corps that showed off its newfound depth against the Chiefs. Jacksonville's defense was humbled by Kansas City's high-powered attack, allowing 491 total yards, and will have to do a better job of pressuring the quarterback against another high-powered offense.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (0-1): Houston has a dynamic duo in the passing game with quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, but the newly constructed backfield tandem also got the job done last week. Carlos Hyde rushed for 83 yards just nine days after being acquired from Kansas City and Duke Johnson recorded 90 yards from scrimmage in his debut for the Texans. The defense surrendered 510 total yards to the Saints and had a hard time getting pressure in the backfield, recording just one sack and no tackles for loss.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Hopkins has made seven or more catches in four straight home games against the Jaguars, including 12 grabs for 147 yards in the most recent meeting.

2. Jacksonville DE Calais Campbell has registered 7.5 sacks in his last four games against Houston.

3. Texans DE J.J. Watt has notched 16 sacks versus the Jagaurs, his second-highest total against any opponent.

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Last Injuries

Houston Texans

  • A.J. Moore Jr.

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Moore has been placed on the injured reserve list with a left hamstring injury, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • Peter Kalambayi

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kalambayi has been held out of the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Vikings.

  • Duke Johnson

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Johnson has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, and he it is unclear if he will be ready for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.

  • Jonathan Greenard

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Greenard has sat out the past three games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Zach Cunningham

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cunningham exited the last game due to a leg injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Vikings.

  • Laremy Tunsil

    Elbow
    Prob Sun | probable

    Tunsil is dealing with an elbow injury, but he is projected to line up against the Steelers on Sunday.

  • J.J. Watt

    Groin
    Prob Sun | probable

    Watt has a groin injury, but he is likely to face the Steelers on Sunday.

  • Kenny Stills

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Stills is suffering from an unspecified illness, but he is expected to take the field against the Steelers on Sunday.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Andrew Wingard

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wingard left the last game due to a minor groin strain, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Bengals.

  • Brandon Wright

    Groin
    I-R | I-R

    Wright has reverted to the injured reserve list after clearing waivers with a groin injury.

  • Brandon Linder

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Linder missed the last game due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Sunday against the Bengals.

  • Leon Jacobs

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Jacobs has wound up on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • DJ Chark Jr.

    Chest
    Prob Sun | probable

    Chark Jr. sat out the previous game with chest and back injuries. It is likely that he will be available against the Bengals on Sunday.

  • Stephen Hauschka

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hauschka is bothered by a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Bengals on Sunday.

  • Brandon Wright

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Wright was removed from the last game with a groin injury, and his status for Week 4 versus the Bengals s in question.

  • Josh Lambo

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lambo has been designated with a left hip injury, and it has yet to be established when the team will take him off of the IR.