After intriguing offseasons, this Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans matchup will give us a good indication of where both franchises stand in 2021. Let’s take a look at the current NFL odds, TV channel, how to live stream, and a prediction for the Jaguars vs. Texans Week 1 NFL game.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans | Week 1 preview and prediction
This game is notable, simply for the debut of 2021 NFL Draft No. 1 overall selection Trevor Lawrence. He will be the first Jaguars rookie QB to start in Week 1 in franchise history and will be looking to become just the fifth rookie QB selected first overall to win his first start.
For the Texans, we will see Tyrod Taylor once again looking to spark his NFL career in a new home. After losing his job in a bizarre incident in Los Angeles last season, Taylor has the chance to become a hero in Houston with a team that little is expected of in 2021.
We will also see two first-time NFL head coaches begin their careers in this Jaguars vs. Texans matchup. Urban Meyer has a history of success in college football, although it is marred by controversy along the way. Meanwhile, David Culley has been coaching in the NFL since 1994 but is getting his first shot as a head coach at 65 years old.
Jaguars vs. Texans prediction
The Jaguars should have the upper hand in this game. Lawrence is the more talented QB and has a better offense around him. However, Taylor will be no pushover and has some intriguing weapons at his disposal. This game could come down to which of these relatively unheralded defenses performs best.
Look for this one to be tight, but the Jaguars have enough to get the NFL careers of Lawrence and Meyer off to a winning start.
Prediction: Jaguars 20, Texans 17
How to watch Jaguars vs. Texans
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Start time: 1 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Hulu + Live TV
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Odds for Jaguars vs. Texans
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook.
Spread: Jaguars -2.5 (-120)
Moneyline: Jaguars -155, Texans +135
Over/Under: 44.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
The Jaguars being narrow favorites makes sense in this game. While the Texans lead the series 25-13 overall and have won the last six matchups, that has been with Deshaun Watson under center. The Texans could lack a spark with Watson absent, especially if their offensive line struggles to create holes in the running game.
The total at 44.5 is one of the lowest of the week. Still, the under feels like it should be in play here. Both offenses have new QBs under center, and while neither defense stands out, they should not be a complete disaster, either.