The converse about the Texans has been all about Deshaun Watson all over the offseason, and rightfully so. But his lawful troubles aside, there is a person factor that we can be very certain about when it will come to Watson—he is not going to engage in in Week One particular.
But that does not necessarily mean the Texans are dead in the water.
A lot more than possible, the Texans will go with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. He’s cellular (not as much as Watson) and has a first rate arm. He is no Watson, but he is a good quarterback capable of guiding an offense down the industry.
It assists to have good items to perform with, and he will not have too many excellent ones in Houston. Brandin Cooks is a good receiver when he can keep on being balanced. Chris Conley is a decent No. 2 receiver. Anthony Miller will almost certainly crack into the lineup at some point, and Keke Coutee is not half-negative, either.
The Texans might have a respectable running match concerning David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram II, and Rex Burkhead. It would assist if the offensive line was a tiny much better (20th in accordance to PFF)—but it is much better than Jacksonville’s (23rd).
Defensively, the Texans were not significantly much better final season than the Jaguars were—but they ended up improved. Getting rid of JJ Watt stings much more from a general public relations perspective than it does a defensive a person. But the crew did not do much too considerably to boost the expertise stage, both.
It looks like they are putting their hopes for an improved protection in the palms of new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.
With all of the terrible press surrounding the Texans during the offseason, it is not tricky to understand why the general public is betting seriously on the Jaguars (71 percent of the bets 93 p.c of the deal with).
But from a expertise perspective, there is not a great deal rationale to believe the Jaguars are likely to win this match. Certainly, Jacksonville has an outstanding expertise in Trevor Lawrence. But section of what built him so excellent at Clemson was the workforce all over him.
In Jacksonville, that team all over him is not really great.
Houston, on the other hand, has a veteran in Tyrod Taylor. He is not a wonderful quarterback by any signifies, but he is superior sufficient to get the Houston offense shifting versus the Jacksonville protection.
Look for this one particular to not be far too entertaining and low-scoring (choose the below). As for who will win—neither group is great nor will be in 2021. But the Jaguars will be even worse in 7 days A single. Take the Houston Texans to earn in opposition to the distribute and/or by means of the moneyline.