Jacksonville Jaguars fans almost saw a rare comeback against the Houston Texans, but the Jags fell apart once again.
From the interception by Blake Bortles to the odd fumble off a backward pass to T.J. Yeldon, the Jacksonville Jaguars just weren’t sharp enough to take down the AFC South-leading Houston Texans in Week 10.
The mistakes that plague the Jaguars are costly and they continued for the team. In addition, the offense struggled to get going, particularly with some big misses deep to Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. Still, the Jags managed to out-gain the Texans 327 to 273.
The Texans managed to punish the Jags rush defense, posting 180 yards on the ground. It was a terrible display of gap discipline and missed tackles for the Jags defense that has rarely been seen in 2016. This was only the fourth game in which the defense has allowed more than 100 yards on the ground.
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It was a rough game through and through, even with the Texans keeping the Jags close with two missed field goals by kicker Nick Novak. The Jags just couldn’t answer until it was too late with around 3:00 left in the fourth quarter. Bortles hit Allen Robinson for a big touchdown and repeated it for a two-point conversion, but the team couldn’t stop the Texans on the ensuing drive.
From special teams mistakes (allowing a monster punt return) to defensive struggles to the usual offensive miscues, the Jaguars just aren’t executing well enough to win the close games. This was on full display in Week 10’s losing effort.
Hopefully the offense and defense can rebound moving forward, but this is simply a continued trend that doesn’t seem to be fixed no matter what the coaching staff says it is doing to address the situation.