The Jacksonville Jaguars are nearly double-digit favorites over the Houston Texans in the NFL odds this week. The over-under opened at 44 points.
Jacksonville still finds itself as sizable favorites despite scoring just nine points in their 17-9 loss to Kansas City. Houston remains winless, but the team’s offense appeared to find its footing against Indianapolis in Week 2.
Rookie quarterback CJ Stroud shined in a losing effort, throwing for 384 yards and two touchdowns while completing nearly 64% of his passes against the Colts. Trevor Lawrence had the opposite experience against the Chiefs as the quarterback was held to 216 passing yards while the Jaguars failed to score a touchdown.
— Harley Dugan (@TheLead_HOU) September 17, 2023
Why You Should Be Bullish on the Texans
There is reason for optimism in Houston, which has not happened since Deshaun Watson was at his peak and leading the Texans to playoff runs. The question is how soon Houston will see results from what looks to be a strong 2023 draft class led by Stroud and Will Anderson.
Even this week, it is plausible to see the Texans hanging with the Jaguars. Few people are talking about an underrated Texans receiving group. Nico Collins, rookie Tank Dell and Robert Woods all topped the 70-yard receiving mark against Indianapolis in Week 2. Stroud is not only talented but has a trio of receivers that can grow around him in the Texans offense.
Aside from the Jaguars having a deeper roster, there is also the reality that Jacksonville is coming off a frustrating loss to the Chiefs. The Jags are likely looking at this Week 3 matchup as a “get right” spot after failing to find the end zone against Kansas City.
Texans vs Jaguars Game Information
- Game: Texans vs Jaguars
- Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville
- Day/Time: Sunday, Sep 24 @ 1:00pm EST
- Texans vs Jaguars Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Prop Bets Today: Take Tank Dell to Score TD (+350)
Dell exploded onto the NFL scene in Week 2 with seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, already becoming a favorite target of Stroud. I like the rookie wideout to once again find the end zone against the Jaguars.
All offseason, the buzz was that Stroud was developing an immense amount of chemistry with Dell. It is already showing and the odds are in your favor to bet Dell to score a touchdown against Jacksonville at +350.
Didn’t take long for Texans rookie WR Tank Dell to showcase the exciting skillset he displayed as a prospect and translate it to the next level
The versatile playmaker led the Texans in targets (10) posting a 7/72/1 line
Dell looks here to stay
— Joe O’Leary (@TheHQNerd) September 17, 2023
Texans vs Jaguars Betting Lines
Texans vs Jaguars Best Bet
What are the implied NFL odds to win for the Texans in this clash with the Jaguars? Houston can absolutely win this game, but I still find the spread to be a more realistic bet than the Texans on the moneyline.
These NFL odds appear to be giving Jacksonville credit for its postseason run last season. Yet, the Jags have not shown me anything to start the season that makes them a lock to pull off a nearly double-digit victory over the Texans.
Smart money is on the Texans to cover the nine-point spread and give the Jaguars a run in this AFC South clash.
NFL PICK: Houston Texans (+9)