Both the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars will be trying to bounce back from Week 1 losses when they square off at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday afternoon.
Insult to injury
These two AFC South rivals are undoubtedly heading into Week 2 at different confidence levels despite both coming off losses. Jacksonville not only got blown out at home by Kansas City but also saw new quarterback Nick Foles go down with a broken collarbone. Foles was replaced in the first half of his team’s 40-26 loss to the Chiefs by Gardner Minshew.
Foles will be out at least two months and is targeting a Week 11 return and was placed on the IR. That means he must miss at least eight games. It also means Minshew is the starting quarterback for the moment.
Minshew threw for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception after hitting on his first 13 attempts.
“Fearless … fearless,” wide receiver DJ Chark told the Florida Times-Union. “He went in and did his thing. We were upset Nick was out but there was never a point when we said, ‘dang … now we have to go with Gardner.’ We knew we had to elevate our play and make him feel comfortable and he made us feel comfortable.”
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“It’s not the way you want to start your time here,” said Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in March. “Sometimes things don’t happen like we expect them to, but we just have to have faith that it’s for a reason.”
Linebacker Myles Jack was ejected in the second quarter after taking a swing at Chiefs receiver Demarcus Robinson. Jack had to be restrained by team officials and was essentially dragged off the field. It started when Jack and receiver Sammy Watkins got into a shoving match after a fumble, and then Robinson came in and shoved Jack in the back. That did not help the Jaguars’ chances of slowing down Patrick Mahomes and company, and they did nothing of the sort. Kansas City cooked up 491 yards of total offense in its victory.
The Texans went into New Orleans on Monday night and battled the Saints until time expired. Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass in the final minute to give Houston a 28-27 lead only to see Saints kicker Will Lutz boot a 58-yard field goal as time expired. Thus it will be a long week (figuratively) but also a short week (literally) as the Texans now prepare to bounce back and face division rival Jacksonville.
"It's going to be a fun matchup."
S Tashaun Gipson Sr. is looking foward to facing his old team. pic.twitter.com/EckKKe2ZVO
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 12, 2019
”That’s on us,” star defensive end J.J. Watt said, pinning the loss on the defense. ”There’s a lot of things that are on us. To hold them to three points in the first half and then give up 27 in the second, that’s just terrible. And for our offense to give us the lead with 40 seconds left, or whatever it was, and not win the game, we’ll take 100 percent of that blame–as we should.”
It certainly was not on Watson, who completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception. The former Clemson standout also kept it four times for 40 yards and another score.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are:
- 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 overall
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven road games
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against the AFC South
The Houston Texans are:
- 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games against the AFC
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against teams with losing records
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a loss