The Jacksonville Jaguars had a prime opportunity to show in Week 3 that their subpar performance against the Kansas City Chiefs was an outlier and not the norm. However, they proved that something is not right when they lost 37-17 to the Houston Texans.
The Jags are now 1-2 and no longer in control of the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Texans got their first win of the year. All things considered, this was an embarrassing loss when you take into account that Jacksonville simply has too much talent on both sides of the ball to have the same record as their division foe.
In the end though, you are what your record says you are and the Jaguars are not very good right now. With that in mind, here are three observations, one sort of positive and two about the team's underwhelming performance.
3. The Jaguars finally got the running game going vs. The Texans
On a day in which nothing was seemingly working, the Jaguars managed to get the running game going. Travis Etienne broke off a few long runs and also contributed in the passing game. Similarly, rookie Tank Bigsby got a few carries after not getting any in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The duo combined for a respectable 100 yards (88 by Etienne, 12 by Bigsby).
Bigsby, like the tank he is, got into the end zone in the third quarter to give the Jaguars their first touchdown of the game. Also encouraging was the fact that he didn't make any costly mistakes like he did in the opener. Moving forward, expect him to get more chances.
Going back to Etienne, he got help from the Jags' offensive line. While the Texans' defensive front isn't nearly as good as Kansas City's, they did a good job (for the most part) of protecting Trevor Lawrence and opening running lanes.
From the get-go, it looked like the Jaguars wanted to establish the run. Unfortunately, the approach didn't lead to a win. That said, Etienne's and Bigsby's effort shouldn't go unnoticed. They did their part, and the offense's inability to score points cannot be pinned on them.