Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, 14:30 GMT
Live on BBC Two
Minshew-mania hits London
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a big move in the offseason, signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles to lead a new look offence. Unfortunately for Foles, he broke his clavicle in the first quarter of the first game of the season, reportedly he is almost back to full fitness but whether or not he'll be put back in the lineup is up for debate.
Rookie Gardner Minshew has been a revelation in relief and has made a very strong case to retain the starting role even after Foles is fit.
The sixth round pick from Washington State has become a cult figure in Jacksonville, throwing 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions as he has kept the Jags within sight of a playoff spot. Minshew will benefit from the fact that the Texans will be without J.J. Watt, who is now out for the season, look for Jacksonville's QB to continue his impressive 2019 and lead his team to a victory. .
Watson will be on the run
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is an exceptional talent capable of doing things few others in the league would even try, last week he threw a touchdown while effectively blind after taking a boot to the face. He will need to be at his best in London as the best part of Jacksonville's defence matches up with Houston's biggest offensive weakness.
The Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league and have allowed Watson to be sacked 24 times already this term, a number that would be higher if Watson wasn't such a mobile player, Jacksonville boast one of the best pass rushes around and that will be key to Sunday's game.
The Jaguars bullied Jets QB Sam Darnold last week, sacking him eight times, and forcing him in to trouble. Watson is good enough to play through much of the pressure he will be under but with the likes of Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell chasing him he may well be a better running, than passing threat in London.
Receivers will light up the scoreboard
The Jacksonville Jaguars are effectively the NFL's London franchise, they have visited every year since 2013 and are starting to build a decent fanbase in the UK. In recent years they've started to have more success on their trips too, Jacksonville are 3-1 in their last four visits to the capital and the games have usually been high scoring.
A 44-7 victory over Baltimore in 2017 was the Jags' high-point, but most of their trips have ended in close games with teams consistently having offensive success.
Both sides have playmakers who can score from anywhere, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best in the league while the Jags will be hoping DJ Chark can continue his breakout year and add to the six touchdowns he has already managed in 2019. Add to that Will Fuller and Dede Westbrook and we should see a few passing touchdowns on Sunday. I'm backing both Chark and Hopkins to score a touchdown in a Same Game Multi.