The Jacksonville Jaguars will be challenged in Week 1 against the Houston Texans who have been in control of the AFC South for the past two years. Both teams have different players that fans are excited to see play. The Jaguars picked up a bunch of producing players through free agency and the draft and the Texans are getting back J.J. Watt on the defense and will have a new quarterback in charge.
Both teams have a great chance to win the division and Week 1 could be a preview of who may end up winning the division. What key matchups should fans keep any eye on during the game?
Blake Bortles vs. Texans defense
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles could be on his way out if he doesn’t produce this year. He has plenty of weapons around him and he now has a reliable producing running back in Leonard Fournette so Bortles should be able to lead the offense. The Texans defense will get J.J. Watt back so he may cause problems for Bortles all game long, unless the offensive line can contain Watt.
Leonard Fournette vs. Texans defensive line
The rookie will make his official debut against a tough division opponent. Fournette will go up against Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt who are known to cause damage once they are in the backfield. With Fournette being a power runner who has speed, it will be interesting to see if he can make an impact against a tough defense that always show up to play.
The Jags secondary vs. Texans wide receiving core
The Jaguars picked up Barry Church and A.J. Bouye in free agency to go along with Jalen Ramsey. They should be tested against a receiving core that should do better than last year. With the Texans having Tom Savage as their starter, we could see DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller make an impact for the passing game. The Jags secondary looks strong, but this game is a good test for them.