Texans miss last-minute field goal, Jaguars survive Week 12 bout: 3 observations

• The Jaguars disposed of the Texans in Week 12

• The outcome wasn't always clear but the Jags came on top

• Here are 3 observations from the well-earned win

Nov 26, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) looks for an open
Nov 26, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) looks for an open / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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2. The Jaguars offense did a better job of moving but still missed opportunities

One of the biggest storylines in the first half of the season was the Jaguars' inability to finish drives. They would either stall out or turn the ball over. But they took a step in the right direction against the Tennessee Titans. Not only were they able to score at ease, finishing 34-14, but they also avoided turnovers.

That was just one game, and it was going to be interesting to see if Jacksonville was going to take advantage of every opportunity they had. They kind of did but also missed several opportunities. For example, Calvin Ridley couldn't reel in a pass in the end zone early in the game.

Near the end of the second half, wide receiver Christian Kirk had a 57-yard catch that got Jacksonville to the Texans' one-year line. But instead of playing it safe and kicking a field goal, they went for a touchdown. The decision in itself wasn't bad. As the old adage says, future favors the bold, and the Jags were going to get the ball to start the second half, so if there was a good time to bet on themselves, that was it.

The Jags ended up letting Travis Etienne carry the ball. The Texans stuffed him and he fell short. You could make the case that Jacksonville should've tried a quarterback sneak, or attempted a pass. On the other hand, it looks like he took a wide angle, and could've gotten in if he had made a cut straight to the end zone.

That said, nobody would have second-guessed the choice to go for it if Etienne had gotten in. That said, it doesn't seem like it was a popular decision. On the bright side, it didn't come back to haunt them later. Had the Jags lost, it would be the talk of the town the next few days.