Jaguars trailing the Texans: Calvin Ridley at least is back on the field

Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley returns after briefly leaving the field
Sep 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0)
Sep 24, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) / Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently trailing the Houston Texans 14-0. However, they have enough talent and time to eventually get control of things and get ahead of the scoreboard. Having receiver Calvin Ridley back in the fold should most definitely help.

Ridley has dropped two catchable passes in the first half and he fell to the ground after the second one. He remained stretching and talking to the coaching staff on the sidelines before returning. Knowing he didn't leave was encouraging news for the Jags, who have for the second straight week struggled to get anything going on offense.

Jacksonville has done a better job of running the ball but that hasn't resulted in points. They reached Texans territory in their first drive but couldn't seize the opportunity and ended settling for a field goal, which Brandon McManus failed. The Jags punted in their second drive and McManus had his second field-goal attempt block. Surely, that's not the output they expected.

The defense, for their part, have done a solid job of keeping C.J. Stroud and the Houston offense on check. However, cornerback Darious Wiliams gave up a long touchdown reception to receiver Tank Bell. Also, Dameon Pierce has had success running the ball, so it looks like the Jaguars will have to tighten things up or else run the risk of trailing for more than 10 points.

The Jaguars have a steep hill to climb to beat the Texans in Week 3

The Jaguars were on paper the better team heading into the game but they haven't played like it so far. They were an 8-point favorite to win but are struggling to keep up with a Texans team that doesn't have several offensive line starters and several key defenders.

Jacksonville lost five of their last six games against the Texans but this game was supposed to be different. So far that hasn't been the case. They still have enough time to bounce back but they shouldn't be trailing by 14 points.

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