Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview and Predictions 11-03-2019

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The Houston Texans will head to London this week for a Sunday matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars without their defensive leader and with a star quarterback nursing an eye issue. Defensive end J.J. Watt was lost for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle in last Sunday's 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders, during which quarterback Deshaun Watson was kicked in the eye.

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Watson will play but has scaled things back a bit this week, including missing out on an appearance prior to Game 7 of the World Series in Houston. "I feel fine. It looks bad. It's going to look worse before it actually gets better, but I'm actually good," Watson told reporters. While this marks Houston's first ever game in London, the Jaguars will be playing overseas for the seventh consecutive season. They enter this one a game behind the Texans in the crowded AFC South after winning their last two games, including last Sunday's 29-15 triumph over the New York Jets.

TV: 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Texans -1.5. O/U: 46

ABOUT THE TEXANS (5-3): Watson, who has had to limit his exposure to light this week and could wear a visor Sunday, threw a touchdown on the play in which he was kicked and enters Week 9 tied for second in the NFL with 16. Carlos Hyde (544 rushing yards) leads the league's sixth-ranked ground game while star wideout DeAndre Hopkins has 20 catches for 215 yards over the last two games. Watt was second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss, trailing linebacker Whitney Mercilus in both categories.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (4-4): Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 279 yards and three TDs in the win over the Jets as he seemingly solidifies his role as the starter with veteran Nick Foles (collarbone) set to return in a few weeks. "This is too big of a game to really think about anything else," Minshew told reporters when asked of the Foles situation. "We're sitting at a pivotal point, 4-4, playing a divisional opponent. This'll be the last time we get to play them, so it's definitely a big one." Minshew had 213 passing yards and a TD while running for a team-high 56 yards in the first meeting, a 13-12 win for Houston on Sept. 15.


1. Jacksonville ranks fifth in the league in rushing yards per game (136.5, fewer than three yards more than Houston's average) but last in rushing TDs with one.

2. Houston's next three opponents are division leaders with a combined record of 18-4.

3. The Texans have won 14 of the last 18 meetings.

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Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • C.J. Board

    day-to-day | questionable

    Board sat out the previous game with a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Week 8 versus the Buccaneers.

  • Carl Davis Jr.

    day-to-day | questionable

    Davis Jr. sat out the previous game while going through the concussion protocol, and it is unknown if he will be cleared for Week 8 versus the Bills.

  • Jarrod Wilson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Wilson was absent from the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Week 9 against the Texans.

  • Chris Thompson

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thompson has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will take for the symptoms to subside.

  • Sidney Jones

    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones exited the previous game with a back injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Texans in Week 9.

  • Dede Westbrook

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Westbrook has been shuttled to the injured reserve list with a knee injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Devine Ozigbo

    day-to-day | questionable

    Ozigbo sustained a hamstring injury in the last game, leaving his status against the Texans in Week 9 hazy.

  • Abry Jones

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has landed on the injured reserve list with injuries to his ankle and hamstring. It remains to be seen when the team will take him off the IR.

Houston Texans

  • Bradley Roby

    day-to-day | questionable

    Roby exited the last game with a knee injury, and his return is unclear against the Jaguars in Week 9.

  • Kyle Emanuel

    day-to-day | questionable

    Emanuel was lifted from the last game due to concussion-like symptoms, and it is undetermined if he will face the Jaguars in Week 9.

  • Jordan Akins

    day-to-day | probable

    Akins has missed the previous three games due to a high-ankle sprain and a concussion, but it is projected that he will be ready for Week 9 versus the Jaguars.

  • Isaiah Coulter

    day-to-day | I-R

    Coulter has been sent to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a neck strain, and it is uncertain if he will be activated in time for Week 9 versus the Jaguars.

  • Senio Kelemete

    Prob Sun | probable

    Kelemete is nursing a knee injury, but he is projected to take part in Sunday's contest versus the Packers.

  • Justin Reid

    Prob Sun | probable

    Reid is bothered by a shoulder injury, but he is expected to participate in Sunday's tilt versus the Packers.

  • Laremy Tunsil

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tunsil is hampered by a shoulder injury, but it is not anticipated to affect his status for Sunday's clash with the Packers.

  • Buddy Howell

    Prob Sun | questionable

    Howell has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday versus the Packers.