1. What's next for the 1-2 Jaguars after losing to the Texans?
This was a team loss. Putting aside the running game and a handful of individual performances, the Jaguars were outplayed in every phase of the game: Coaching, offense, defense, and special teams. The Texans showed up at EverBank as an 8-point underdog, kept their head down, got to work, and did more than enough to get their first win of the season.
Kudos to head coach DeMeco Ryans, who got his players ready for the challenge. Conversely, the loss should fall on Doug Pederson's shoulders. It all starts with the head coach and Pederson said that the team had a good week of practice. That wasn't reflected on the field or the scoreboard.
The offense, for its part, wasn't in synch. They were flagged for false starts and illegal formations twice. Some of that falls on coaching and another part on execution. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley dropped two passes early in the game. One might've led to a touchdown. Trevor Lawrence went 27-of-40 for 279 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Not bad stats but he threw an ugly pick in the second game that killed whatever momentum the offense had when the game was still within reach.
The defense couldn't stop couldn't defend the backfield and was susceptible to the Texans' passing game. Some of that was due to the lack of pass rush and another one to underwhelming play by the secondary. Add Brandon McManus' poor performance (1 missed FG, 1 blocked) and it's easy to see why the Jags loss.
Simply, this isn't the Jaguars team fans expected before the season. The sky isn't falling just yet but things aren't good either. Whatever's not working, the Jaguars must identify it and fix it if they want to extend their losing streak to three games.