Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1p.m. EST
At first glance, you may be wondering why in the world I’m recommending that you watch this game. Reading the names, I understand where you’re coming from — but you’re not here for face value, you’re here to find the best games to watch. This is a matchup that likely holds the future of the AFC South (unless Indy can figure it out). The Jaguars added a boatload of talent this offseason in free agency and the draft and Houston did the same. I’m not ready to call either a Super Bowl contender, but they sport some of the best young talent in the league.
Keys to the Game
The Texans will need to wreak a little havoc on defense in this one. The Jaguars’ best weapon is likely going to be Blake Bortles at quarterback, who is improving with each season. He has a habit of connecting downfield with Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson for big gains and touchdowns. Lucky for Houston, they employ the league’s best defender in J.J. Watt and he likes to hit quarterbacks. Pressure in the backfield will force Bortles to get rid of the ball quicker than he’d like, limiting yardage and potentially forcing turnovers.
It’s time to put that new defense to the test. The Texans have some potent firepower on offense these days and they’ll test every angle of the Jaguar defense. If the Jags can get some early stops and force Houston into third and long passing situations, it would put them in a great position to attack Brock Osweiler. Let’s not forget how little experience he has on the field. Putting him under fire will go a long way in earning the Jags a division win.