Texans-Jaguars final score
The Houston Texans thumped the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, putting together a strong defensive display in spite of numerous injuries in the secondary. The Texans won by a final score of 26-3, with the defense forcing three turnovers and quarterback DeShaun Watson throwing two touchdowns.
QB Gardner Minshew had the worst performance of his rookie season, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. The Jaguars head into their bye with Nick Foles getting healthy and ready to return. Minshew has had some big moments as a rookie, but his struggles on Sunday might result in a switch at quarterback.
Carlos Hyde had a big day for the Texans, rushing for 160 yards. He would have had a touchdown as well, but he was stripped of the ball just before the end zone after a 58-yard run late in the game.
DeAndre Hopkins and Duke Johnson found the end zone for Houston, with the former catching the final score of the game, and the latter rushing one in.
Both teams are on bye in Week 10. Following the win, Houston is a half game back of the Indianapolis Colts, while the Jaguars are a game and a half back.
The NFL returns to London for a second breakfast kickoff! The Houston Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9 at Wembley Stadium, with kickoff set for 9:30 a.m. ET. The game will air exclusively on NFL Network. It’s a way too early start for west coast football fans, but one upside to this particular weekend is that it’s daylight savings time here in the United States. You get an extra hour of sleeper Sunday morning, so hopefully that helps a little bit.
We’re here to give you a hand however in preparation for the early matchup.
The Jaguars have made Dede Westbrook inactive. The wide receiver is dealing with a neck and shoulder injury that cost him the second half of last week’s game. Chris Conley will start in his place, while Keelan Cole will start in place of Marqise Lee. D.J. Chark is the team’s top starting wide receiver.
Jaguars: WR Dede Westbrook, RB Tyler Ervin, CB D.J. Hayden, LB Leon Jacobs, LB Quincy Williams, OL Brandon Thomas, DT Dontavius Russell
Texans: WR Will Fuller, S Tashaun Gipson, CB Lonnie Johnson, OL Greg Mancz, CB Bradley Roby, LT Laremy Tunsel, LB Tyrell Adams
Game Time/TV channel
It’s an early 9:30 a.m. ET start, which means inactives will arrive at 8:00 a.m. The game will air on NFL Network if you’re up and want to watch. The 9:30 start also means it should end just as we’re sliding into the 1:00 p.m. kickoff window.
Fantasy football start/sit advice
The early start means you’ll want to get your lineups settled the night before if at all possible. We get the extra hour of sleep with daylight savings time, but why risk it, especially if you’re on the west coast? One concern is Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He is questionable after getting knocked out of his Week 8 matchup, so he’ll be the big name to watch when inactives arrive.
Given how early the game is, you’ll want to set your lineup the night before in case you sleep in. Nobody wants to miss out on a key start because they didn’t feel like getting up for 9:30 a.m. football. This should be a fun matchup between two fairly prolific offenses. There are some obvious fantasy starts, but some question marks persist. From the group below, the “decent start” option will depend on your specific lineup situation. They’re not bad starts, but you might have better bench options.
Decent start: QB, Gardner Minshew, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Chris Conley (depending on Dede Westbrook), WR Kenny Stills, RB Duke Johnson, TE Darren Fells, K Ka’imi Fairbairn, K Josh Lambo
Sit: Jaguars D/ST, Texans D/ST
Pick against the spread
The Texans are currently laying 1.5-points at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Jaguars have their share of issues, but this game bodes well for Gardner Minshew and the offense. The Texans secondary will once again be without safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Bradley Roby, but they also will be without Week 8 starter Lonnie Johnson. Over 46.5 is also intriguing, but for now I’m inclined to take the Jaguars in this one, and even go money line.
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