By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans is the latest NFL fixture to be hosted in the UK and Wembley Stadium is the venue this time. Last week saw the LA Rams overpower a toothless Cincinnati Bengals team, but this match-up should be a lot closer, with some stars of the game on show. We preview Sunday’s game and guide you through the best bets.
Injury affecting both sides
Unfortunately for both the Texans and NFL fans, All-Pro Defensive End JJ Watt is out for the rest of the season and Houston will need to rely on star quarterback Deshaun Watson more than ever.
Jacksonville’s quarterback situation is remarkable. Sixth round draft pick Gardner Minshew II has stepped in due to Nick Foles’ injury and gone from strength-to-strength. His fearless style of play, coupled with his magnificent moustache, has seen a swell of support for the Jags. Their defence has also performed well recently, holding the Saints, Bengals and Jets to 45 points combined in the last three weeks.
Jacksonville enter as slight underdogs at 21/20, while the Texans are 4/5. The Texans are actually putting together a nice streak, winning three of their last four, but the loss of Watt could be huge for their defence.
Deshaun Watson is capable of a miracle play and in DeAndre Hopkins he has one of the best wideouts in the game. This duo alone could be good enough to beat most teams, but the Jags have a balanced offense that is happy to grind out the clock through a power run game and this is where Watt will be missed most.
Leonard Fournette is a dangerous runner and on his day he can be nigh-on unstoppable. Without Watt, the Texans run defence is already weakened and the Jags can easily feed Fournette the ball all day without missing a step. D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook have formed a formidable receiver tandem and Minshew isn’t afraid to take shots, especially to the 6ft 3in Chark.
Jacksonville look a more rounded team and could cause a minor upset in London. The Jags to win by 7-12 is 6/1 and this could be another chapter in the legend of Gardner Minshew II.
The points spread sits at a high 46.5, but NFL London games usually deliver. Two very good teams, combined with the occasion, should see plenty of high-octane action. Back the over at 10/11.