With the exception of the matchup between Chicago and Oakland earlier this month, the clash between the two AFC South rivals is arguably one that carries the biggest post dense implications played in the British capital this year.
It may also be the most of the quartet, as the Texans approach the weekend with a 5–3 record, while the Jaguars stand at 4-4 in a game.
The Texans, who lost on their only trip to London in 2016, recorded a 27–24 home win over the Oakland Raiders while returning on their way to victory in Week 8, another sensational game from countryside Watson.
Houston’s signal-callers finished with 279 yards and three touchdown passes, the last of which also defied confidence by Watson’s lofty standards.
The 23-year-old threw a pass towards tight end Darren Fells in the end zone to achieve the crucial goal but did so when nearly unable to see after taking a clit to the face, resulting in a swollen left eye.
“I’m kind of blinding it,” the former Clemson quarterback told the Associated Press. “But I […] assumed where he was going and what kind of adjustments he made and guided my hand. I didn’t even watch the game until after the game.”
Watson missed the celebration before Game 7 of the World Series – he was scheduled to announce a “play ball” – so that he could rest his eye but would be fit to play in London.
“I feel it right. It looks bad. It looks really bad before it gets better, but I’m really good,” he told ESPN.
“This is definitely a great opportunity, a great moment that the Astros and the organization were giving me, but I think that’s the best way – especially as my season got underway and we had the chance to go to London.”
The Texans are likely to rely even more on their third-year quarterback after losing to Star Defensive and JJ.
While Houston has one of the elite quarterbacks in its hands, Jacksonville may have traced a rising star to Gardner Minshew this season.
The miscreants began their first careers in Week 2 when the Jaguars lost 13–12 to Texas and have since evolved into a cult figure, thanks in part to their trademark mustache, and the 1970s. Looked for an extra from the Hollywood blockbuster.
However, while Minswa’s facial hair has become a gold mine for the social media meme, it should not focus on the influence the cheaters have on the field.
The Jaguars signal-caller leads all rookie quarterbacks with 13 passing touchdowns and a 98.8 passer rating and their duel with Watson, who is ranked joint-first in the NFL with 13 touchdown passes and third in the passing ward. Because the two teams met in Week 2. An interesting subplot for the matchup.
Wembley is far more familiar to the Jaguars than it is to Texas. This weekend will be Jacksonville’s seventh trip to the UK – four more than any other franchise – and gives them a chance to improve their all-time record to 4-3 in the UK.
More importantly, a third consecutive win will open the AFC South race to a wider extent.