Deshaun Watson shines, Minshew Mania fizzles in London

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Two AFC South teams with exciting young quarterbacks battled in London today, but only one of those quarterbacks showed he’s ready for NFL stardom.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was excellent, while Jaguars quarterback Gardnew Minshew struggled as Houston won 26-3 to deliver Jacksonville a big blow in the playoff race.

Watson, playing despite an eye injury suffered last week, was outstanding, feeling the pass rush, using his feet to escape and making big plays with his arm. Watson is showing he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Minshew, on the other hand, got off to an accurate start but struggled for most of the game as the Texans’ defense let him complete some short stuff but largely held him in check. Two badly overthrown interceptions and a lost fumble ended any chance the Jaguars had in the fourth quarter.

The win improved the Texans’ record to 6-3 on the season and kept them in very good shape to make the playoffs. The loss drops the Jaguars to 4-5 and raises questions about whether they’ll be able to make a run down the stretch — and if so, whether it will be Minshew or Nick Foles leading the way.

14 responses to “Deshaun Watson shines, Minshew Mania fizzles in London

  1. I think the Steelers should play every year in London.
    Roethlisberger could stand around and tell people what time it is.

  2. Minshew did much better than expected, but you go with the proven champion until proven otherwise. Foles all the way.

  3. To be fair, it’s hard for any QB to do anything with that offensive line. It’s arguably the worst offensive line in football and has been for most of the last decade. Have no fear though, I’m sure the Jags will use both their first round picks on linemen–defensive linemen again–while ignoring the offensive line and wondering why their offense is so bad.

  4. Not much the kid can do with such a bad O-line. Think he should remain the starter the rest of the way for the Jags.

  5. Mineshew’s numbers hurt by a few key drops and that OL is bad. (not as bad as Jets or Washington but still rancid)

    He was good in general but not so good Foles should sit.

  6. I mean, the 6th round rookie finally has his first bad game, and everyone wants to bury him? What did they expect, he’s gonna have an .800 winning percentage for the rest of his career?

  7. I think the mustache could be great for Jacksonville, if they could only build around him. My only issue with him is after he threw the two picks and fumble’d the ball he appeared to be upset with himself alone on his bench which is understandable yet not what you want your QB1 to be. Hopefully losing his starting job doesn’t crush his confidence.

  8. Minshew stunk the joint up vs the Texans, go with Foles. The jags do not have a bad OLine Minshew just comes from the same spread attack as Mayfield, makes them erratic in the pocket. Jags are wasting Leonard Fournette, if yall cant make the playoffs trade him to someone who actually can.

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