Jacksonville Jaguars blow out the Houston Texans 45-7: Quick Notes

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Peyton Thompson /

With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Jacksonville Jaguars put together a complete performance in blowing out the Texans.

Celebrate Jaguars fans – for the first time in a decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to the playoffs.

In reality, fans have probably been celebrating since the late second quarter because the Jaguars put an absolute whooping on the Houston Texans this week in a 45-7 win.

Blake Bortles had a masterful performance and led the Jaguars to a 31-0 lead by… before halftime.

Defensively, the Jaguars had no problems containing T.J. Yates, holding him to less than 200 yards passing and under 50% completion for the day.

Here are a few more notes from today’s historic win:

  • This was a dominant performances on every front for the Jaguars, but once again the play of Blake Bortles was the story of the day. For the third straight game, Blake was outstanding. His statline was his best of the season – 21 of 29, 326 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 143.8 rating. Even after losing his number one receiver in Marqise Lee, Blake was finding open receivers all over the place. His ball placement was outstanding, as he consistently put the ball in places where his receivers could catch it and run. We’ve been saying it for a while now, but if Blake continues playing at this level the Jaguars can beat anyone.
  • Jalen Ramsey was visibly upset on the sideline after giving up a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins – outside of that, the defense was essentially perfect. T.J. Yates couldn’t get anything going for most of the day and the Texans offense could not handle the Jacksonville pass rush. Even when the Texans kept a 6th and 7th guy in to protect Yates, they couldn’t stop Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Dante Fowler Jr.