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As well as having all the reason in the world to go all out for the win here, Houston have two great playmakers in Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins on offence.
They haven’t been helped by a series of injuries – Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Demaryius Thomas, Lamar Miller – but still make enough plays to keep them in any game. See Watson’s heroics last week in almost turning a 13-point fourth quarter deficit into a Division title sealing win.
Hopkins, meanwhile, vies with Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas for the best receiver in the league title from week to week.
The Jaguars do have a secondary that could take him away, and if he’s limited, you wonder where their offence will come from, but I’d expect a star like Hopkins to blow up when it counts. The Jags have nothing to play for, and that makes the Texans appeal even more, especially when they’re being asked to cover less than a touchdown at 2.00.
Bortles is a better option than Kessler, but that’s not saying much. Fournette was limited in practice again this week. The Jags haven’t been heavy scorers all season, and the Texans D will be up for this. They have injuries in the secondary, which makes me more cautious, but if there’s a total play in this game, it’s under on the Away Team Points at 5/6 on the Sportsbook.
With so many injuries at receiver, there are opportunities for less heralded names to get in on the touchdown action for Texans. Vyncint Smith’s an undrafted rookie name who was bandied about in the preseason as one to watch. It hasn’t happened for him since the real football started, but last week he turned his one catch into a score, and with Thomas gone now, he’ll likely see a bit more action, especially if Keke Coutee remains out.
Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller is “good for go” for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Bill O’Brien said Friday.
Miller missed last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after injuring his ankle the prior week against the New York Jets.
The Texans’ leading rusher this season, Miller has 917 yards with four touchdowns on 193 carries.
Houston would win the AFC South with a win over Jacksonville and could earn a first-round bye or home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs based on how the Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers fare this week.
While the playoff picture in the NFC is relatively clear, the AFC’s is more complicated than the pattern on your average Christmas jumper, with the youngest franchise in the league central to the postseason permutations.
Last week’s nerve-jangling two-point loss to the Eagles saw them slip back behind the New England Patriots and into the third seed having looked set for a bye. Nick Foles, somehow, worked his late season magic one more time to dig out a win that keeps the defending champs in the hunt for at least one more week, and that makes Houston’s match up with Jacksonville full of consequence for Bill O’Brien’s team.
Put simply, Houston are already guaranteed a playoff spot, but which one is anyone’s guess.
With a win on Sunday, they could climb as high as the AFC first seed, and that would bring home field advantage and a bye next week.
A loss though, and the AFC’s sixth spot is a possibility, meaning a Wildcard Weekend away day at a Division winner and a very tough path for any Super Bowl run.
And there are plenty of other landing spots in between those two extremes.
Making it simpler for them, they do know a win against the Jags secures the AFC South crown and, at the very least, a home game next weekend.
They also know that, should they lose, they’re almost 100% certain to drop from the division’s top spot, as Indy and Tennessee meet on Sunday night and the winner would jump ahead of Houston if they lose. Only a tie in that game would save them from slipping into the Wildcard spot.
All of which is to say the Texans have about as much motivation as any team are ever likely to have to win on Sunday.
That counts for a lot in week 17 when you’re betting, as you should get maximum effort from this team on their home turf, against a divisional rival who has little to play for beyond bragging rights and knocking back their opponent’s playoff hopes.
I hadn’t watched the Jaguars in a while. They’re horrendous for a variety of reasons. They lost their entire offensive line, Leonard Fournette missed the majority of 2018, the power run game they needed to shorten games didn’t exist, Blake Bortles lost all ability to throw the ball downfield with accuracy and defenses caught on to the empty backfield quick crossing route offense, the receivers dropped a bunch of passes, and the pass defense regressed to the mean and was no longer an all-time great pass defense that could carry the offense to wins all on its own. Jacksonville was a tightly knit sweater. A thread came loose. And with a yank they were the blue album, undone, naked and dying and all alone.
So I went back to catch up with an old friend. It’s always hard to pick back up with someone who’s going through actual hard times, while everything is alright with yourself, and dare I say it, things are going pretty good! So while Deshaun Watson is scrambling and making sublime downfield throws, and Jadeveon Clowney is obliterating offenses all on his own, the Jaguars are facing 4th and 46 and averaging 1.0 yards per pass attempt during certain parts of the game. I’m finally debt free, but the Jags are mired in quick cash loans to fix the car to get to work that doesn’t pay enough to pay back the loan. I’m eating spinach for lunch everyday and fasting on purpose, while the Jags are starving and digging change out of old jackets to become a dollarmenuaire.
It’s all very sad. I wish they were doing better. I care about them. I was dying for this game to be an AFC SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, but it isn’t. The Jags are miserable for now. The Texans are trying to lock up the division and keep me from getting what I’ve always wanted. Oh well, maybe one day. A boy can dream, until he becomes a man and learns that hopes and dreams are just things no one ever sees.