In a game that was even more one-sided than the score suggests, the Houston Texans trounced the Jacksonville Jaguars to the tune of 27 to 7. The Texans defense once again proved formidable, led by J.J. Watt with 1.5 sacks, five tackles, and a fumble recovery. The Jags were hopeless to move the ball and looked a lot more like the 2011 version of the team than the new-look 2012 version that was supposed to accompany the arrival of Mike Mularkey and Bob Bratkowski.
Until Chad Henne replaced Blaine Gabbert late in the fourth quarter, due to injury, the Jaguar offense did not eclipse 100 yards total. In two passes Henne had already gather 20% of the total yards that Maurice Jones-Drew and Gabbert had accumulated over 3.75 quarters.
The Texans looked like the division winners they are anticipated to be. They moved the ball methodically down the field, Arian Foster rushed for more than 100 yards and Ben Tate added another 75. Matt Schaub looked good, going 26/35 and 195 yards. The Texans could seemingly do no wrong and met the Jags head on in every aspect and came out on top. Further, the defense shut out wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
It was a rough day for the Jags and an eye-opening moment for fans who finally saw that the new offense isn’t good enough to hang with the big boys and the defense isn’t stout enough to hold off strong offenses. The rebuilding year continues for the Jaguars (0-2) while the Texans (2-0) continue to look to the Super Bowl.
– Luke N. Sims
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