The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t in the cellar this week.
If the Houston Texans have a better record than the Jaguars, why are they sitting at the bottom of this power ranking? Simple, they haven’t done much of note since the season opener, when they beat Jacksonville in a dominant fashion.
The Texans haven’t done much since their Week 1 victory. In fact, they have regressed and the Jags have improved since then. In case you don’t remember, quarterback Tyrod Taylor went 21-of-33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns in that game. However, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a Grade 2 strain on his hamstring the following week.
With Taylor on the shelf, Houston’s offense has experienced a significant dropoff in production the last two weeks. Last week, they only mustered nine points and were shut down 40-0 by the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
Against the Bills, the Texans posted just six first downs and totaled 109 yards on offense. Also, they went 1-of-9 in third-down opportunities. You won’t win many games with that kind of offensive output. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills went 11-of-21 for 87 yards and a staggering four interceptions. Things won’t get any easier for Houston in Week 5, when they take on Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
The Hoodie will talk all week long about how much he respects the Texans, and how they will be an opponent the Patriots won’t look down on. However, he’s got an excellent track record against rookie quarterbacks, and Mills could struggle once again in Week 5.