Jacksonville Jaguars vs Texans: 3 key matchups to keep an eye on
2. Jacksonville Jaguars secondary vs Texans wide receivers
As good as the Jaguars wide receiver corps, the Texans group is better and one of the team’s strengths heading into Week 9. Brandon Brooks leads the team with 34, but Will Fuller and Randall Cobb are more than capable receivers.
While the Texans likely miss wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the team’s passing offense hasn’t missed a beat. Quarterback Deshawn Watson has completed 166 of 239 passes for 2,095 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Fuller has caught five of Watson’s 15 touchdowns so we have an idea of who the signal-caller may favor in Week 9.
Since the Texans rank dead last in rushing yards and 30 in rushing touchdowns with four, they might rely on their passing game heavily. If that’s the case, the Jaguars secondary will be tested often, which isn’t encouraging.
The Jaguars rank 28th in passing touchdowns allowed with 15. Rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson is coming off one of his worst performances in the year and Sidney Jones left the Week 8 matchup against the Chargers with a rib injury. If this Jacksonville wants to stop the Texans’ passing game, both Henderson will have to leave his Week 8 performance behind and Jones will need to show he isn’t suffering any lingering effects from the injury.