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Gameday- Jaguars try to upset Texans playoff plans in Houston

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Who: Jaguars (5-10) at Texans (10-5)

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston

Spread: Texans by 7 points (Courtesy of

As the Jags conclude their season in the “Lone Star State” Sunday, here’s what to watch:

Return of Bortles

As we have well-documented, Blake Bortles will start once more in the final game Sunday. This decision being made in part, because Cody Kessler suffered his shoulder injury in last week’s upset win at Miami. The embattled Bortles gets one last chance to lead the Jaguars.

It’s the first time for Bortles will start a game in five weeks, since the loss at Buffalo. He did relieve Kessler for a couple of separate series in the win over the Fins last week.

However, it’s fairly apparent that he is not in the future plans. So, no matter what happens, good or bad, it’s not going to make much difference for him in this offseason. The Jaguars are going to be in the market for a new signal caller.

Texans explosiveness

Led by quarterback DeShaun Watson, Houston has quick strike capability. Although receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been slowed by injury, he is still one of the best in the NFL.

Further good news is running back Lamar Miller who missed last week’s game with Philly with an ankle injury, is healed enough to give it a shot in this one.

As for Watson, he has been taking a physical beating for much of the season, but is still an explosive dual-threat quarterback who needs 69 yards Sunday for 4,000 passing. And, he has run for another 400+ yards this season. The Jaguars will have their hands full with him on defense.

How hard will the Jags fight?

There’s nothing on the line for Jacksonville in this one, except to try to mess up playoff seedings for the Texans. Houston secures the AFC South and a home playoff game with a victory. The Texans can also end up being as high as the number two seed in the AFC.

The Jags defense has been solid over the last month and it’s helped them win a couple of games.

How hard will they battle against a highly motivated opponent, especially if they are down early in this one on the road?

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