Texans vs. Jaguars: Houston's Biggest Winners and Losers
Complete and total domination.
The Texans controlled every facet of the game and it was clear who the better team was this game. The Texans broke a franchise record for time of possession in a single game, holding onto the ball for 43 out of 60 minutes.
The defense was dominant and the offense had no trouble moving the ball against a supposedly great Jacksonville defense.
It's tough to find losers in a game where the whole team played almost perfectly, but I'll try my best to throw one or two in there.
Here are the biggest winners (much more of them than losers) and losers of the Texans' Week 2 game against the Jaguars.
Winner: Arian Foster
Arian Foster's performance against the Miami Dolphins last week was certainly not an encouraging one for one of the best running backs in the NFL. His measly 3.0 yards per carry was extremely lackluster for a team that attempts to establish the run in each and every game.
Guess what Texans fans? There's absolutely nothing wrong with Foster.
Foster looked like his usual self against the Jaguars, waiting patiently behind his blockers and hitting the hole with explosive force.
Foster allowed the Texans to hold onto the ball and move it all game long and he was a major component in an absolutely authoritative performance by the Texans.
Loser: Trindon Holliday
Trindon Holliday has not done anything so far in the regular season to warrant the choice made in faith by Gary Kubiak to place him on the 53-man roster.
Although he did have an explosive 36-yard punt return that set the offense up with excellent field position, that was the lone bright spot in another mediocre performance.
Last week, Holliday muffed an easy kickoff catch. This week, he muffed a punt.
He has not turned the ball over yet, but this is not a trend that can continue from week to week. The Texans learned last year just how much a single turnover in the return game can affect an entire season.
Holliday needs to prove that he can be a reliable weapon for the Texans. Until he does that, he will warrant a concern.
Winner: Ben Tate
Like Arian Foster, Ben Tate bounced back from an even more disappointing Week 1 performance. Tate had five carries for six yards, and he did not provide the usual change of pace that he normally does.
Against the Jaguars, Tate look just as, if not more, impressive as Foster.
He pounded the ball all game, picking up key yards in the red zone and also huge chunks of yards in the open field.
Tate is essential to the Texans' offense. Whenever Foster has to come out for a short break, Tate makes sure that defense has no chance to breath a sigh of relief.
He allows the Texans to continuously wear down the opposing defense, and whenever he performs at a high level, the Texans are able to run the ball much more effectively at the end of the game.
Also, Tate was much more efficient in red zone situations against the Jaguars than Foster was. Foster got stalled several times, and Tate was able to come in and score two touchdowns in the area of the field where the Texans struggle the most.
A great performance for the Texans running game. A great performance for Tate.
Loser: Keshawn Martin
Keshawn Martin, after all the offseason hype, has not been able to make any type of impact in the Texans' first two regular season games.
Unlike his counterpart Lestar Jean, who has at least done something for the Texans this season, Martin has done nothing but disappoint.
Martin was targeted twice on Sunday, but he failed to make a single reception.
The Texans' desperately need a third receiver to step up outside of Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter, especially considering Johnson's injury prone nature, and right now that man appears to be Jean.
Winner: J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt or J.J. "Swatt", whichever name you prefer to call him by, has clearly been the MVP of the Texans so far this season.
His stat line after two weeks: five tipped passes, three sacks, eight tackles, five quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.
It's rare for a defensive player to make such a noticeable impact all by himself, but that is what Watt has done so far this season.
He does it all for the Texans.
He gets the crowd excited, inspires the defense, makes incredible plays, and allows for the Texans' defense to play like its true dominant self.
Watt led the Texans in tackles against the Jaguars and, in addition to his constant quarterback pressure, he was a key part of the Texans' run defense.
Watt is playing like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate and the Texans definitely found themselves a gem in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Winner: Kareem Jackson
Last season at this time, Texans fans were disappointingly discussing Kareem Jackson's poor performances. He was displaying his age-old tendencies of not locating the ball in mid-air and he was unable to effectively play man coverage.
So far this season, however, the opposite has been the case.
Jackson has the potential to be the Texans' unsung hero on defense, and he has the ability to make the defense nearly unstoppable.
Last season, Jackson's assignment was usually an escape route for quarterbacks under pressure, but that certainly has not been the case this season.
Against the Jaguars, Jackson showed a type of confidence that Texan fans have not yet seen from him and his coverage was excellent.
He rotated his head consistently on long passes and he was draped over his assignments all game long.
If Jackson can perform like this all season, opposing quarterbacks will not have an escape route when they are under pressure.
Winner: Offensive Line
Anytime a team rushes for 216 yards, one can quite easily figure that that team's offensive line was gelling.
Furthermore, Matt Schaub hardly felt any pressure at all and he was not sacked the entire game. However, that could also be that the Texans were throwing short passes all throughout the game.
The offensive line, though, played exceptionally well against the stout Jaguars defense. The right side and left side of the line both allowed some major runs to develop and the running game was cruising all game long.
The line's performance in Week 2 was certainly an encouraging one after they struggled to play consistently in Week 1.
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