The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't panicking after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. However, they know that they need to play much better, especially on offense, if they want to get back on track. Next on the Jags' schedule is a Houston Texans team that is highly motivated to get their first win of the year.
On paper, this is a favorable matchup for the Jaguars. Houston will be without cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who could miss several weeks with a hamstring injury. Also, left tackle Laremy Tunsil is dealing with a knee injury and there's a chance he won't be 100 percent Sunday.
That said, the Jaguars can't uncork the champagne just yet. They'll need to show up Sunday and prove that last week's underwhelming performance was an outlier and not the norm. With that in mind, here are three storylines to keep an eye on in Week 3.
3. Josh Allen's availability and the general state of the Jaguars pass rush vs. the Texans
Outside linebacker Josh Allen is currently day-to-day with a shoulder injury. The good news is that it looks like he'll play if he doesn't have any setbacks before Sunday. So let's say he does suit up, the question then becomes how much of an impact he'll have against the Texans.
In the opener, Allen had three sacks but only one against the Chiefs. Then again, he consistently applied pressure up front and had a huge hit on Patrick Mahomes when he threw an interception to safety Andre Cisco.
If Allen isn't at full strength, sophomore Travon Walker and K'Lavon Chaisson, who had his first sack of the season in Week 2, will need to step up. But right now, it looks like the Jaguars' pass rush is in good shape heading into the game.