The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t go into their Week 1 game thinking they were going to lose. But they surely weren’t prepared for everything the Houston Texans threw at them. In the end, the Jags were outmatched and couldn’t keep up with a team that looked less talented on paper.
Credit where credit is due, Texans head coach David Culley prepared his players for Sunday’s game while the Jaguars looked undisciplined and slow. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played mistake-free football, throwing for two touchdowns with no interceptions and Houston’s defense did a good job of neutralizing the Jags’ offense. On defense, Jacksonville had no answer for the Texans’ skilled-position players and let wide receiver Brandin Cooks, running back Mark Ingram and tight end Pharaoh Brown run amok.
After the game, quarterback Trevor Lawrence told the local media the Jaguars need to build on the positives and look at everything that went wrong and fix it, which is the reasonable thing to do. The coaching staff and the players can’t let the loss linger. Keep in mind that teams are still reading the terrain at this point of the campaign. It’s not an excuse for the Jaguars’ inadequate performance against the Texans but a dropping one game won’t make or break their season.
As Lawrence pointed out, the Jags did some good things in Week 1. Of course, the negatives outweighed the bright spots. Otherwise, they would have won the matchup, but this Jacksonville team can win a few games if they play up to their talent moving forward. For the time being, here are the studs and the duds from the Jaguars’ disappointing Week 1 loss.