The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Week 5 as a 6.5-point favorite but they struggled to reach the end zone and are currently tied 6-6 with the Houston Texans at halftime.
Even though the Jags logged 236 total yards, they’re 1-of-6 on third downs in the first half. They’ve been able to run the ball efficiently, racking up 99 yards on 16 carries. However, Trevor Lawrence went 11-of-19 for 137 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
On the other hand, Jacksonville’s defense deserves credit for containing running back Dameon Pierce and a Texans’ offense that has totaled just 120 yards.
Near the end of the second quarter, guard Ben Bartch got hurt and had to leave the game. On the bright side, he was able to exit the field on his own, so hopefully, it isn’t that serious. Similarly, outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson is questionable to return with a knee injury.
The Jaguars’ moved the ball but couldn’t score TDs in the first half
The Jaguars’ offense was dormant for most of the first half. They won the coin toss and chose to defer. Their defense forced a three-and-out but the offense couldn’t capitalize and punted in their first possession.
Running back Travis Etienne had back-to-back big runs in the Jaguars’ second drive. The first one went for 18 yards and the sophomore gained 30 yards in the second one. However, they stalled and once again had to punt.
Etienne was just getting started though. In the Jags’ third drive, he caught a pass for 20 yards that got them into the Texans’ territory. Jacksonville’s offense stalled again once they got into Houston’s red zone. Running back James Robinson had a 1-yard run and Lawrence went 0-of-2, which paved the way for Riley Patterson to make a 23-yard field goal.
The Jags had no trouble moving the ball early in their fourth offensive drive. After picking up a first down, Lawrence connected with wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. for a 37-yard pass. Unfortunately, they once again couldn’t get it done. They attempted a pass on fourth down at Houston’s 37-yard line but cornerback Desmond King batted it down.
This was supposed to be an ‘easy game’ for the Jaguars. On paper, they had the better roster but they’re having trouble containing the Texans. They’d better regroup and make the necessary adjustments at halftime if they want to win their third game of the 2022 season.