made his first career start in Week 2 in Houston.
Will today's game in London be his last of the season?
is scheduled to come off injured reserve next week, and as NFL.com suggested, there are $30.7 million reasons why he'd be reinserted as the starter once he's ready.
Minshew has made a compelling case in his absence, however.
He has arguably been the NFL best offensive rookie while leading Jacksonville to four wins in six games since losing to the Texans. Moreover, his pristine 13:2 TD-INT ratio is the fourth-best in the league, behind guys like Russell Wilson
, Aaron Rodgers
and Patrick Mahomes
Rookie QBs have historically struggled in international games, with none of the six starters throwing more than one touchdown. Minshew has thrown at least two five times this season. He's played so well that head coach Doug Marrone figures to have a tough decision to make after next week's bye whether or not Minshew guides them
to a third consecutive win.
And NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reiterated on Saturday that no decision has been made.
"When the Jaguars say they haven’t decided on Minshew or Foles as their QB after the bye, they mean it," Garafolo reported.
Today, Minshew gets the chance to make one final on-field argument for keeping the job. ...
Meanwhile, the Jaguars' rushing offense ranks fifth in the NFL. So does the Texans' rushing defense.
The latter will be without J.J. Watt, whose numbers weren't on par with previous seasons but presence still commanded constant double teams. The Texans, as you would expect, haven't been nearly the same team over the years when the perennial All-Pro is out of the lineup.
Houston will likely lean on a committee of defenders to fill the void.
Watt's torn pectoral muscle came at a particularly bad time, as Leonard Fournette
is in the midst of a renaissance season.
The Jaguars bell cow is second in the NFL with 791 rushing yards. He also remains one of the toughest players to tackle, leading the league in yards after contact (626), per Pro Football Focus. The Texans have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.
Things could get especially interesting in the red zone, as Fournette has just one touchdown.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Matthew Berry points out the Texans allow a league-high 43.1 PPG to opposing WRs this season, and an individual WR has scored at least 18 points against Houston in four straight games.
In fact, Berry added, multiple WRs have scored 18-plus points against the Texans each of the past two weeks.
So we know at least one pass-catcher is likely to go off in this game, and logic dictates it'll be D.J. Chark
"Since Week 4," Berry wrote, "Chark owns the 11th-highest target share in the NFL (25.9 percent, ahead of Stefon Diggs
, Odell Beckham
Jr. and Mike Evans
, among others). He went 7-55-1 in his first game against Houston this season, and he has a good shot to improve upon it in London."