Jags’ Minshew on playing Texans: ‘It’s definitely a big one’

The first time Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew played the Houston Texans, many were not sure what they were going to see out of the sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. It was Minshew’s first career start, and for most of the game, the Jaguars’ offense struggled. Then, the fourth quarter came along, and Minshew was able to lead Jacksonville on two scoring drives. However, with an opportunity to take the lead on a two-point conversion late in the game, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was stopped short of the goal line, and the Jaguars would lose to the Texans 13-12 in Week 2.

On Sunday in London, Minshew will get another opportunity to beat the Texans, as the Jaguars face Houston for the second and final time this season.

“I think you get confidence from playing a team and seeing them before,” Minshew said on Wednesday. “You get a little understanding. But we also know it’s going to be a different challenge, they have a lot of things different, as do we.”

This is a big game as far as the AFC South is concerned. Right now, the Texans(5-3), who are in second place behind the Colts(6-2) in the division, are one game up on the Jaguars(4-4), and If Jacksonville loses on Sunday, the Texans would essentially be three games up on the Jaguars because they would have swept the season series. Therefore, the Jaguars have to beat Houston on Sunday.

“I think this is too big of a game to really think about anything else,” Minshew said. “We’re sitting at a pivotal point, 4-4, playing a divisional opponent. This will be the last time we get to play them, so it’s definitely a big one.”

The Jaguars have eight games left, and the next three games for Jacksonville are against division opponents, so this stretch will probably determine whether the Jaguars make the playoffs in 2019, and a win against the Texans would be a great way to start this pivotal stretch for Jacksonville.

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