Texans vs. Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert Leads a Pathetic Offensive Effort
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I'm not sure what was just on television for the past three hours, but I heard it was the Jacksonville Jaguars' home opener against the Houston Texans.
What I watched was a game with a negative amount of passing yards by the Jaguars in the first half.
I also watched a game in which their rookie sensation, Justin Blackmon, didn't have a single yard.
Jacksonville's quarterback, who was supposedly coming along and turning into a decent NFL player, led the Jaguars to a franchise-low 117 yards of total offense.
All in all, the Jaguars played a horrible game on Sunday as the Houston Texans defeated them 27-7.
It started bad, ended bad, and really never gave any insinuation that the Jaguars had a chance to beat the Texans.
Blaine Gabbert left the game in the fourth quarter with apparent toe and hamstring injuries after completing 7 of 19 passes for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Despite not throwing an interception, Gabbert's performance was very similar to last season's games against Houston.
With negative four yards passing in the first half, the Jaguars could not handle the Texans defense from the get-go.
Should the Jaguars start Chad Henne at quarterback?
J.J. Watt is slowly turning into one of the elite lineman in the NFL as he batted down two balls. Watt also added a sack in the second half.
Maurice Jones-Drew played well, but did not get any chances to make a big impact on the game. Jones-Drew was the only bright spot on offense, finishing with 67 yards and a touchdown.
Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon, Mike Thomas, Cecil Shorts, and Marcedes Lewis combined for four catches for 61 yards.
The offensive line played much worse than a week ago. After being added to the team this week, Herb Taylor was inserted as the starting left guard. With Eben Britton being inactive, Guy Whimper also was put in to the starting lineup.
A question this week will be why the Jaguars started Taylor over Mike Brewster, who played quality football a week ago when he needed to come in and replace Eben Britton.
On defense, the Jaguars were once again without Derek Cox and Daryl Smith, leaving Kyle Bosworth and William Middleton to start for the second consecutive week.
Perhaps the most important mishap of the game came in the third quarter after the Jaguars scored to make the score 17-7.
Andre Branch was called for being offside on a third down, which had initially resulted in an incomplete pass by Matt Schaub.
Branch's error in judgement gave the Texans another chance, which they converted into a first down and eventually led to a touchdown. Not to say this was a real game-changer with the Jaguars lack of offense, but it sure didn't help.
Gabbert was never able to make anything happen as he took a monster step back in his development.
After watching three-and-a-half quarters of non-existent offense, the Jaguars took Gabbert out due to injuries and replaced him with Chad Henne.
Henne's time in the game was short-lived after he fumbled a snap from Brad Meester on the fourth play of the drive. He did complete two passes, equaling nearly half of Gabbert's total yardage.
Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined to run for 184 yards on 40 carries and three touchdowns. Schaub finished with only 195 passing yards.
The Jaguars were unable to establish any kind of pass rush, finishing with no sacks or forced turnovers.
The Jaguars have an interesting week ahead while waiting for the MRI results on Gabbert.
Gabbert showed very little and has taken the air out of all Jaguars fans who thought he was starting to develop into a quality starter.
The receiving corps has a lot of work to do as no one could create separation or catch toughly-defended passes.
The score didn't turn out horribly, but the Jaguars offense was absolutely terrible.
Jacksonville has a lot of work to do and now head to Indianapolis against a Colts team that was able to defeat the same Vikings team that took down the Jaguars a week ago.
Too early to panic, but not a promising start for the "all-in" Jaguars.
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