Savage starts for the Texans

05 November 2017 05:33:38 GMTPlus11

Tom Savage will be under center for the Houston Texans this week after the team lost rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson for the year with a torn ACL.

Savage opened the season as the starter, but was benched at half time in the first game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars with Watson taking over.

The loss of the former Clemson quarterback illustrates once more that in the salary cap era the need for a capable back up and for that position to be moved outside of the salary cap to allow for long-term continuity and success.

In a year where the NFL is seeing their ratings drop and the networks actively question the value of the television rights, it is this drop in quality when a back-up plays that is one of the most overlooked issues.

Back on the field and a game behind the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars, currently tied for first in the AFC South Division, the Texans welcome in the woeful Indianapolis Colts to the NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday.

The Colts are 2-6 on the season and their two victories come against the winless Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, each by three points.

Over in Nashville the Titans will entertain the Baltimore Ravens while the Jaguars are also at home as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field.

Jacksonville remains one of the more interesting teams in the league with a stifling defence that leads the NFL in points allowed per game at 15.7 per game.

Defence wins championships and while no one is projecting the Jaguars to do so this year, they could be a formidable opponent should they make the postseason.

The Jaguars are 23.00 to win the Super Bowl, while the Houston Texans are 151.00 and the Seattle Seahawks are 13.00.

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