The Jacksonville Jaguars are back to .500 after defeating the Jets 29-15 at home on Sunday. After losing Nick Foles to injury in Week 1 and dealing with the issues with Jalen Ramsey before trading him away to the Rams, Jacksonville(4-4) has faced a lot of adversity, but through it all, they battled, and now it’s off to London to face the Texans.
“You know, we don’t really get a lot of credit after Jalen [Ramsey] left, so hopefully we just keep earning it every day,” Jaguars corner A.J. Bouye said after the game. “But, that’s just a good job on the guys staying together. [DL Calais Campbell] has done a great job of just keeping us together in the locker room and everybody else.”
Jacksonville is on a two-game winning streak, and next Sunday’s game against the Texans(5-3) is huge for this team. The last time these two teams played was in Week 2 in Houston, which was Gardner Minshew’s first career start. Jacksonville lost that game in heartbreaking fashion to the Texans 13-12 after the Jaguars failed on a two-point conversion to take the lead late in the contest.
“We’re going up against a good team(Texans) in London,” Bouye said. “They’re in the run for the [AFC South] Division, too. We know what happened last game, so we’ve just got to stay ready this game.”
If Jacksonville wants to win the AFC South, they have to beat the Texans. A loss to the Texans would give Houston basically a three-game lead over Jacksonville because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Also, while Jacksonville is 1.5 games behind the first-place Colts(5-2) in the division, the Jaguars play Indianapolis two times in their final eight games, so if the Jaguars want to make their move in AFC South, the time is now.