It took the Jacksonville Jaguars three quarterbacks to reach the Houston Texans' end zone but they finally did it. With a touchdown run, rookie running back Tank Bigsby helped the Jags draw within 17-7 of the Houston Texans. One defensive stop and a field goal later, the score was a manageable 17-10 before fullback Andrew Beck took a muffed return to the Jaguars end zone to make it 24-10.
Jacksonville was able to move the ball with ease in their first drive of the third quarter. Once they got close to the end zone, they got a huge break when safety Jimmy Ward got flagged for pass interference, which moved the Jags to the Texans' one-yard line. Bigsby punched in the ball for the touchdown to cap a 67-yard, seven-play drive.
As of this writing, Bigsby has toted the rock two times for 10 yards while Travis Etienne racked up 18 carries for 85 yards. So far, the running game has been clicking. While they still need to erase a 14-point deficit, it's fair to say the approach is working. Here's the video of the score in case you haven't seen it.
The Jaguars defense must now step up, give the ball back to the offense
To tie the game and later get the lead, the Jaguars' defense must keep forcing stops and if possible, get a takeaway or two. Also, the offense must take advantage of those opportunities when they get the ball. Similarly, they can't afford any more turnovers, especially once they get onto Texans territory. Although they aren't in an optimal position they have more than one quarter to get back on track.
The Jaguars are slowly getting momentum in the third quarter. They must now play with a sense of urgency and take control of the game if they want to avoid losing two straight games and losing their slim grip on the AFC South.