JACKSONVILLE @ HOUSTON | 12/30 | 1:00 PM EST
Can anyone explain why this spread has shrunk 2.5 points? Surely, it cannot be from Jacksonville restoring Blake Bortles as starting quarterback. He has written himself out of the Jaguars’ plans with substandard play. Could be an ailing DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), the peerless Houston WR, but he appears good to go. Ditto rusher Lamar Miller (ankle), who has been rehabbing. The Jags are down to seeds and stems at offensive tackle, with several hurt, and running back Leonard Fournette (ankle/foot) is doubtful. To top it off, Houston can improve its playoff seed.
Pick *HOUSTON -6.5