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Jaguars vs Texans How to watch Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars: NFL live stream, TV channel, kickoff time, The final London game of the 2019 NFL season might be the best matchup of the four contests.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) once again return in the international series, this time facing one of their AFC South rivals in the Houston Texans. And while the showdown won’t be the first in London between two teams with winning records⁠—it could have significant ramifications within the division—which is the only one that currently does not have a team with a losing mark⁠—as well as the playoffs. Houston won the first matchup in Week 2 by denying Gardner Minshew on a last-minute two-point conversion that would have given Jacksonville the lead.

Here’s everything to know for Sunday:

The final London game of the 2019 NFL season might be the best matchup of the four contests.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) once again return in the international series, this time facing one of their AFC South rivals in the Houston Texans. And while the showdown won’t be the first in London between two teams with winning records⁠—it could have significant ramifications within the division—which is the only one that currently does not have a team with a losing mark⁠—as well as the playoffs. Houston won the first matchup in Week 2 by denying Gardner Minshew on a last-minute two-point conversion that would have given Jacksonville the lead.

Here’s everything to know for Sunday:

Time: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET, Wembley Stadium, London

TV: NFL Network

Live stream: fuboTV

betMGM line: Texans by 1.5

Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars in London: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online

The Houston Texans lead the Jacksonville Jaguars by one game on the AFC South. The tightness of the race increases the importance of the game when the Texans face the Jaguars on Sunday (6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network, DirecTV) in a Week 9 game.

The Texans (5-3) suffered a major blow when star defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle during their win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 8. Watt’s absence will weaken the Texans’ pass rush, which is anchored by Whitney Mercilus. The Texans are terrible against the pass and allows an average of 5.9 yards per play (21st in NFL).

With rookie backup quarterback Gardner Minshew playing so well, the Jaguars (4-4) will have to make some hard choices when Nick Foles – who is now practicing- is ready to return. Minshew threw three touchdown passes in the win against the Jets in Week 8. Minshew has thrown 13 touchdown passes and two interceptions since taking over for Foles in Week 1.

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JACKSONVILLE – Each Saturday during the 2019 season, nine Jaguars experts – Rick Ballou, Tony Boselli, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Ashlyn Sullivan – will break down the following day’s Jaguars matchup.

Up this week:

The Houston Texans at Wembley Stadium in London.

Rick Ballou, Jaguars sideline reporter

The Jaguars will win if: They get pressure on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Jaguars had eight sacks last week against the Jets and forced three turnovers. Houston’s offensive line is beat up, which sets up beautifully for Sacksonville.

The Texans will win if: They hold Jacksonville to field goals. Houston scores a lot, but also gives up many points. If it’s that type of game, the Jaguars need to get touchdowns.

As Ballou sees it: Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II will take advantage of the depleted Houston secondary and throw for three touchdowns as the Jaguars win their third consecutive game before the bye.

The Jaguars will win if: They can run early and exploit through play-action a beat-up, average secondary. There will be opportunities for Minshew and the young Jaguars wide receivers for big plays because of the issues in the Texans secondary. But the Jaguars’ offense is still at its best when running back Leonard Fournette has success on the ground – and finishing drives will be critical for the Jaguars’ offense. They can’t afford to settle for field goals in the red zone. Defensively, the Jaguars cannot allow Texans running back Carlos Hyde to have a big day rushing. They must keep Watson and the Texans’ offense behind the chains and let the defensive line get after an average offensive line.

The Texans will win if: They have balance offensively and play with a lead. The Jaguars’ defense has been great with the lead, so the Texans must get Hyde going and find an early score. This will keep the Jaguars’ defense honest and slow the pass rush. Defensively, the Texans must get to Minshew early. They don’t want him comfortable and playing in a rhythm. If the Texans can take away Fournette and force Minshew to execute in long down-and-distances, that will be to their advantage.

As Boselli sees it: The Jaguars are playing in their second home and will roll into the bye week with a victory. Let’s not forget: They were a two-point conversion from beating the Texans Week 2 in Houston, and that was Minshew’s first start. Two defensive stars who played in the first game will miss this one, with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt out for the year with pectoral injury and former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey now playing for the Los Angeles Rams. Both offenses will find it a little easier because of their absences. Look for a higher-scoring affair then the first matchup. The Jaguars will win, 31-24.

The Jaguars will win if: They start fast, as Houston gets acclimated to how the game in London is different – the field a bit slippery, etc. The Jaguars must score early and get Fournette involved early. And they must harass Watson. He tends to hold the ball, but he also makes big plays. The Jaguars must get an early takeaway, and Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye must play well if he’s matched often against Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

The Texans will win if: If they keep it close early and get adjusted to the setting. Teams playing at Wembley for the first time can get intimidated and feel out of sorts and wind up trailing early in the game. They also must contain Fournette.

As Frangie sees it: This one will be closer than some think. The Texans are very good and could slow the momentum the Jaguars’ clearly are building. The key for Jacksonville is get off to a good start and the Jaguars should be fine.

The Jaguars will win if: They control Watson, a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate. Watson is a threat with both his arms and legs, presenting a unique challenge. The Jaguars have done a great job over the last three weeks limiting running backs’ success and must continue to do so in order to put as much pressure as possible on Watson.

The Texans will win if: They run effectively, allowing Watson and Hopkins to move the sticks on manageable down and distances. The Texans’ offensive line has some issues and needs a strong running game to hold off the Jaguars’ strong pass rushers.

As Lageman sees it: The Texans have some issues. Injuries in the secondary, Watt on injured reserve and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney traded to Seattle earlier in the season leaves them without many playmakers on defense. Fournette will have a workman-like day, allowing Minshew and the receiving corps to take advantage and make the looming quarterback decision one to look forward to. The Jaguars’ experience of traveling to London is a huge advantage. This Jaguars victory will make the upcoming division games huge in the race for the AFC South title.

The Jaguars will win if: They score 27 or more points. Houston can score; the Jags can, too. The Jaguars must finish in the red zone with more efficiency and not waste opportunities with field goals instead of touchdowns. If they do, they likely will play from ahead and create turnovers.

The Texans will win if: They keep Minshew in the pocket. The only team that really has been able to do that is New Orleans. Minshew has been magical extending plays and the receivers have made big plays because of it. The Jaguars are hitting on a lot of explosive plays and Minshew has been turning nothing into something. Expect a game plan from Houston to keep Minshew trapped in the pocket.

As Martineau sees it: I think the Jaguars are going to win this one. I’m not a big believer in the London experience, but it might count for something. The Jags have a good vibe and are playing good football. They also still have plays to be made. This would be a huge victory for the Jaguars. It’s going to be close, but I think the Jags will win 30-24.

The Jaguars will win if: The offense and Minshew play well against a beat-up Texans defense early. If they do that, they will get the lead that this defense needs to play its style. That style? An offense-wrecking pass rush capable of dominating any line in the NFL – and capable of pressuring Watson into a difficult day on the slick Wembley pitch.

The Texans will win if: They run effectively with Hyde. That could be enough to keep the Jaguars’ defense from getting into pass-rush mode. The Jaguars’ defense has thwarted the running games of the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets the last two weeks. Doing so against the Texans will be a tougher task.

As Oehser sees it: The Jaguars will win Sunday and move firmly into the AFC postseason conversation. The key is getting a lead. If the Jaguars do that, the matchup of the Jacksonville defensive front versus a beat-up Texans front should give the Jaguars enough of an edge to win.

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