The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Gardner Minshew is injured and would miss this weekend’s matchup against the Houston Texans. Instead of turning to Mike Glennon, Doug Marrone announced that Jake Luton would get the start. Interesting decision since Luton has been in street clothes for each game so far this season.
Jaguars fans relished last season through Minshew mania. Perhaps, 2020 season will be forever known as “Luton’s lucky year”. Why, because if Minshew hadn’t gotten injured, Jacksonville would play Minshew all season and then drafted a first-round quarterback in 2021.
Both Houston and Jacksonville are sporting similar 1-6 records. The Texans won the first meeting after dismissing their head coach in Houston. Minshew injured his hand in that previous matchup.
Both defenses have allowed over 2900 total yards each. Houston has given up 2923 yards & the Jaguars have allowed 2971 yards. Neither defenses can be called stellar or ferocious. This Sunday Houston could be even more vulnerable with three linebackers out due to covid-19.
Expect Jay Gruden to feed James Robinson to slow the pass rush down. Luton will throw short quick passes to establish his rhythm and find rapport with his receivers. Not to mention, to exploit Houston’s weakness at linebacker with finding a way to get the receivers matched up on their linebackers. Luton must take advantage of the opportunities.
Houston has better numbers offensively. They have gained 2573 total yards compared to Jacksonville’s 2401 total yards. Most of all, the Texans have their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. The Jaguars are starting a sixth-round rookie, by the way, is not named Tom Brady.
Currently, the Texans are lead by the rushing of David Johnson and the receiving skills of Brandin Cooks. Their tight end, Darren Fells, will cause coverage problems within the Jaguars to pass defense within the secondary. This can become an ugly game especially after JJ Watt’s comments per Ken Patra of nfl.com:
“…If your goal is not to win the Super Bowl, and your goal is not to do everything in your power to make that happen, and make your organization in the best possible situation for that, then that’s not going to happen. So that is my goal. That’s why the work goes in. That’s why I fought back from all these injuries. Because that’s the goal, and that’s what I’m still working towards.”
Houston should win easily on Sunday but there’s a chance for the Jaguars with their lack of linebacker depth. Luton better looks out for Watt, the man on a mission. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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