The last time the Texans fell to the Jaguars was on December 5th, 2013 – when the Texans were on their way to the worst record in team history.
After four seasons and six games, the Texans finally lost to the Jaguars 29-7 off the legs of Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette. The 6’0”, 228 lb man came as advertised as he ran over the Texans’ front seven 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Jags’ o-line dominated in the trenches en route to 155 yards on the ground as a team and prevented the Texans Defense from sacking Blake Bortles, allowing only 2 QB hits all game long.
On the other hand, it seems that the Jags Defense is finally coming to be the defense they’ve been trying to become the past few years. Newly acquired Defensive Tackle Calais Campbell made his presence known immediately, contributing to four of the Jags’ 10 sacks.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Jags also forced four turnovers – three fumble recoveries and an interception at the hands of Tashaun Gipson.
Overall, it was a terrible team effort. The defense couldn’t bail out a (once again) rocky offense and special teams did not do anything to help.
If there is any bright side to this season opening demolishing, it was Deshaun Watson. This offensive line looked more like the ones David Carr worked with way back in the baby days of the franchise. After being sacked six times in the first half, Bill O’Brien did what he does best and subbed in Deshaun Watson for Tom Savage to start the second half.
The difference was noted immediately.
On the first drive alone, with Deshaun Watson under center, the Texans gained more yards than they did all of the first half and capped it with a beautiful play fake that ended with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
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Watson finished 12/23 for 102 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Although the stats don’t seem to pop out, the story extended beyond the paper. He looked poised and comfortable with great pocket presence. Watson’s greatest attribute is his mobility and it was at full display.
After the two-or-so seconds the offensive line was able to give Watson, he often felt the pocket collapsing and used his mobility to scramble and attempt to complete a pass.
On top of that, he was also much more gutsy than Tom Savage, as he was not afraid to let the ball rip and connect with DeAndre Hopkins on multiple occasions – something Savage was most notable for in relief of Osweiler last season.
Yes, a loss on any day is unfortunate. Yes, a loss like this to the Jaguars hurts ever-so-slightly more than usual, however, it was only the first game of the season and the Texans have no time to ponder over the loss.
The Texans will travel up to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals for Thursday Night Football with kickoff at 7:25 PM.