Jaguars have chance to rebound vs. Texans: Odds and prediction for Week 5

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles but they will have a chance to bounce back against the Houston Texans in Week 5. While it’s true that the Jags haven’t had much success against Houston in recent years, it looks like the tide could turn in 2022.

The Texans swept Jacksonville last year but they’re currently 0-3-1 and are arguably the worst team in the NFL. On the other hand, the Jags are currently 2-2 and considerably better than they were in 2021. With this in mind, here are the odds, the spread, and a score prediction for Week 5.

Jaguars vs. Texans Odds for Week 5

The Jags are a 7-point favorite with a moneyline of -320, per Betsided. To win $100, you must place a bet of $320 for a total payout of $420. Meanwhile, the Texans’ moneyline sits at +260. Bet $100 on them and if they beat Jacksonville, you will win $260 for a total payout of $360.

It’s worth noting that this is the first time in 2022 that Jacksonville enters a game as the favorite. The over/under for this one is set at 44.5 points.

Jaguars vs. Texans Prediction for Week 5

The last time the Jags beat Houston, Bill O’Brien was their head coach and Deshaun Watson was just a rookie. That’s how long it’s been since Jacksonville managed to defeat their division foes.

Last season, the Texans won four games and two of them came against the Jaguars. Sure, a win is a win but you could make the case that they weren’t much better than Jacksonville. Moreover, they didn’t make as many upgrades as the Jaguars did this past offseason.

Spearheaded by running back Dameon Pierce, Houston’s rookie class is promising. Left guard Kenyon Green could become a mainstay of their offensive line for years to game while safety Jalen Pitre had a two-interception game against the Chicago Bears.

Having said that, the Texans are still in rebuilding mode and are still lacking difference-makers in most position groups. Quarterback Davis Mills hasn’t particularly stood out and hasn’t improved as much as Trevor Lawrence.

Speaking of Lawrence, he had a subpar performance against the Eagles, turning the ball over a concerning five times. However, it’s highly unlikely that he will have as many turnovers in consecutive weeks. Moreover, the Jags should get wide receiver Zay Jones back, after missing last week’s contest.

Simply, the Jaguars have more talent and a better head coach than the Texans. While head coach Doug Pederson isn’t underestimating their division rivals, don’t count on Houston to pull off the upset at TIAA Bank Field.

Final Score: Jaguars 27 – Texans 17

Trending. 3 takeaways from the Jaguars' loss to the Eagles. light