Wide receiver Calvin Ridley is coming off a monster game against the Tennesee Titans. The Jacksonville Jaguars will need him to shine for the second straight week if they want to avoid being swept by the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Jags have had trouble beating Houston in recent years. Since 2018, these division foes have played 11 times, and Jacksonville has won just once, last season in Week 17. It's fair to say that this doesn't even feel like a rivalry, given how lopsided things have been.
Earlier this year, the Jags lost 37-17. The game wasn't close, with Trevor Lawrence and the offense frequently shooting themselves on the foot and struggling to move the ball. The defense wasn't much better. They put no resistance to rookie sensation C.J. Stroud and witnessed what arguably was the breakout game of first-year receiver Tank Dell.
The Texans are 6-4 after starting a 0-2 start. They've gained steam in recent weeks and could seize the No. 1 place in the AFC South with a win over the Jaguars in Week 12. Jacksonville, on the other hand, is trying to start a winning streak after beating the divison foe Tennessee Titans last week. They're currently in a four-way tie (before tiebreakers) for the second playoff seed in the conference.
Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley must show out in revenge game vs. Texans
Although the Jags finished Week 3 with 408 total yards, they couldn't capitalize on the opportunities they had. Drops and turnovers plagued the offense. Calvin Ridley, for his part, was a non-factor hauling in three catches for 40 yards. Moreover, he had three drops that day, including two in the end zone. To his credit, he acknowledges that he didn't play well, and he'll need to show out in Week 12.
"That's how we should look at it, we should look at it like that. At least, that's how I look at it," Ridley told reporters Wednesday when asked if this was a revenge game. "I played bad that game, I'm ready to get them. The way that today went, we're going to go over there, we're going to be a good team that day."
Ridley went on to say that he isn't interested in going back and watching the Week 3 loss to the Texans but vows to "be ready this weekend." Here's the clip of his comments, via Mia O'Brien of 1010 XL.
Working in the Jaguars' favor is that wide receiver Zay Jones will play Sunday. His return to the lineup, after missing several bouts, gave the offense a huge boost and led to Ridley's outstanding performance against Tennessee. Although Jones popped up on the injury report with a knee injury, he should be able to go. He missed the team's first bout against the Texans and should be a huge impact this time around.
Also, the offensive line, at least for one game, has played much better. Rookie Anton Harrison is hitting his stride and Walker Little is setting at left guard. If the group can give Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw, they should be able to keep up on the scoreboard.
Ridley has shown he can take over games. The Jacksonville Jaguars will need another big performance from him if they want to avoid falling to second place in the AFC South.