Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Live Score, Video and Analysis
Final score: Texans 27, Jaguars 7
The Jaguars lost to Minnesota in an overtime nail-biter in Week 1, while the Texans looked listless for much of the first half against the Dolphins before tuning up the machine and scoring three times on three consecutive turnovers to close out the half.
For the Texans to be successful against the Jaguars—and really, this applies for every game this season, not just today's game against Jacksonville—they'll need the kind of performances they got in Week 1 from Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt, a second-year player who has become one of the absolute best defensive players in the league. And Cushing has become the de facto leader of the defense, almost solely by virtue of his intensity and ferociousness on the field.
MJD is one of the best running backs in the league—once you start referring to a dude by his initials, you know he's pretty good—but he's still warming up after missing most of the preseason due to a contract dispute. Still, he managed to rush for 77 yards on 19 carries in Week 1, so he'll be a threat the Texans must contain.
I firmly believe the Texans will have an easier time than the odds indicate, but that's why they play the game. Also, I'm terrible at actually predicting scores, so consider this a warning not to put too much stock in the numbers I'm about to write down.
PREDICTION: Texans 28, Jaguars 13
I'll see you back here at 11:45 a.m. CST for the start of my Texans/Jaguars live blog.
Here are a few Texans vs. Jaguars previews to get you prepared for the game—that's if you haven't already started drinking and are beyond the point of reading comprehension at this point, of course.
And of course, a few essential Twitter accounts to follow:
Texans go for it on 4th and 2, and Forsett carries the ball up the middle for the first down.
The Texans kneel the ball and run out the clock. Impressive performance from the AFC South leaders, and an absolutely dismal performance from the Jaguars.
Texans move to 2-0, while Jaguars will drop to 0-2.
That's it for today's coverage. Thank you for joining me, and be sure to follow me on Twitter.
Forsett already has 34 yards on 5 carries. Not bad for mop-up duty, right?
We're at the two-minute warning.
Henne completes another rifle pass for a first down, followed by a 17-yard run by Jones-Drew. But there's a flag on the play. It's unnecessary roughness called on the Jaguars, and that undoes the run from Jones-Drew.
But Henne fumbles the snap, and J.J. Watt jumps on it and it'll be Texans ball. That's actually the first turnover of the day, which is pretty impressive when you think about how bad the Jaguars have been overall.
Texans RB Justin Forsett takes the handoff and runs for the first down. We're under 5 minutes left in the game now and the Texans will emerge victorious.
Henne completes his first pass to Leron Robinson for 11 yards and a first down.
It's too little, too late for the Jaguars offense, but a good showing from Henne during the rest of the game will certainly make things more interesting around the Jaguars facilities over the next week or so.
After driving up the field, the Texans can't convert on third down and will bring on the field goal unit on 4th and 2.
Graham nails the field goal, his second of the game.
Texans 27, Jaguars 7
We've just been informed that Gabbert suffered a leg injury and will not return to the game.
Tate breaks off another terrific run, breaking tackles and spinning for a first down. Tate has 74 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Schaub completes a pass to Walter for 15 yards and a first down.
The Jacksonville fans appear to be streaming out of the stadium en masse now. They're clearly not happy. And it does look like we'll see Henne take Gabbert's place at QB when the Jaguars take the field again.
Texans facing a 2nd and 9 at their own 25 yard line. Schaub goes for a deep bootleg and somehow finds Owen Daniels for a first down. That was quite the play.
Foster goes over the 100-yard mark with a 2-yard carry.
Texans have 355 total yards, while the Jaguars have been able to manage just 78.
Schaub goes long to Lestar Jean, but CB Aaron Ross panics and grabs Jean. Pass interference is called, and the Texans will move up the field in a significant way.
Jaguars backup Chad Henne is now warming up on the sidelines. Looks like there may be a QB controversy brewing in Jacksonville.
J.J. Watt sacks Gabbert for his second of the game. Gabbert follows up by throwing a terrible pass to Marcedes Lewis, and they'll be forced to punt again.
The Jaguars fans are booing heavily now. The Jaguars have gone 0 for 9 on third down conversions.
Here are the offensive stats for both teams at the end of the third quarter:
Schaub completes a pass to Foster, but he can't scramble all the way for a first down. He's about 3 yards short, so the Texans will punt. Mike Thomas returns the 45-yard punt 11 yards and Gabbert will attempt to make something happen for the Jaguars.
The third quarter ends with Schaub throwing a 3-yard pass to Foster. It'll be 3rd and 12 as the Texans and Jaguars begin the final frame of play.
Jaguars go 3 and out. Yes, again.
Jaguars punter Brian Anger is going to have a really tired leg after all the punting he's doing today. That was the 8th punt of the day.
Holliday muffs the punt, but it luckily rolls out of bounds. Holliday has these moments where he can't seem to decide if he wants to catch the punt or not, and then he can't get away quickly enough once he decides not to take it. He'll need to improve that aspect of his game.
Tate carries the ball up the middle for an easy touchdown, and the Texans once again go up by 17 points after Graham converts the extra point.
That's Tate's 2nd touchdown of the game. I feel for those of you who play fantasy football and have him on your bench.
Texans 24, Jaguars 7
Schaub completes a pass over the middle to backup tight end Garrett Graham for a Texans first down, followed by Foster running up the middle for 8 yards. Foster runs up the middle again. He's a little slow to get off the ground, and he'll head to the sidelines, replaced by Ben Tate. But that doesn't last long, as he comes immediately back in before another play is run.
The Jaguars defense is beginning to look a little bit worn down at this point, mostly because the Texans keep rotating Foster and Tate.
Foster barrels up the middle for a short gain and the first down.
Schaub completes a pass to Andre Johnson for 11 yards and a first down.
Johnson has already surpassed his total catches from the entire first half.
Foster runs for a gain of 6 on first down.
Ben Tate runs for 7 yards and the Texans have another first down. That's their 16th first down of the day, while the Jaguars have just 5.
Schaub completes a short bootleg to Andre Johnson for a 3 yard gain, then gets an incompletion on a pass to Owen Daniels. Schaub then misses Johnson on another pass, but a flag is down.
It's an offsides call against the Jaguar's Andre Branch, so the Texans will have a 3rd and 2.
Foster runs up the middle for a first down. That gives him 76 rushing yards for the day.
Trindon Holliday takes the Jaguars kickoff and returns it 28 yards. The Texans offense will take the field.
Gabbert goes downfield for a complete pass to LeRon Robinson. That's a 32-yard completion, and Gabbert gets a first down at the 5-yard line.
Gabbert then scrambles and completes a lofty pass to Jones-Drew for the touchdown. There was an excellent adjustment by Jones-Drew to get into position to catch that pass.
Josh Scobee converts the extra point.
Texans 17, Jaguars 7
Texans can't get anything going on their first drive of the second half, and they'll punt after going 3 and out.
This was the first series of the game where the Jaguars defense looked effective.
Jaguars take the 44-yard punt and return it 18 yards, so they'll start with outstanding field position on this drive.
An interesting stat that also tells the story of this game: The Jaguars have gone 3 and out 5 different times.
Jones-Drew runs for five to kick off the second half. You still get the feeling that he hasn't been able to kick things into high gear yet.
Gabbert throws an incomplete pass to Justin Blackmon. Jaguars at 3rd and 5, and Gabbert throws an errant pass, so the Jaguars go 3 and out and will punt the ball yet again.
The Texans safeties and corners are doing a stellar job of just shutting down Jacksonville's WR core.
Holliday fields the punt and gets a nice, albeit return, but it's nullified due to a illegal blocking call on the Texans Quentin Demps. 10 yard penalty, and the Texans offense will take the field.
The total team offensive stats tell the story of this game at halftime.
Texans: 242 total yards
Jaguars: 43 total yards
The Jaguars had a completely anemic first-half performance on offense. I've mentioned it before, but they'll need to turn it around if they have any hope of getting back in this game.
Jaguars will receive the ball to start the second half.
The rain has stopped in Jacksonville.
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