Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.0) @ Houston Texans
The first matchup I want to take a closer look at this week is an AFC South matchup between the 7-3 Jaguars and the 6-4 Texans. This may be my most anticipated game of the weekend as both of these teams have been playing some of their best football of the season and CJ Stroud has separated himself from the rest of his rookie QB class.
Jacksonville had been the hottest team in the league until they got steamrolled 34-3 coming out of their bye by the 49ers. The Jags did bounce back last weekend in another AFC South matchup dominating the Titans 34-14. This game has major playoff implications as both teams are jockeying for position in a loaded AFC.
Houston has been the best story in the NFL this season, led by Stroud’s remarkable play as a rookie winning 4 of their last 5. This will be another massive test for the rookie who has stepped up in every test that’s been thrown at him this season. I expect this to be a close game throughout, the Texans won the first matchup 37-17 in week 3. Jacksonville will be feeling the pressure in this one as they need to hold onto the number one seed and split the season series.