Texans vs. Jaguars: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Houston

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIDecember 6, 2013

Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

It was another devastating loss for the Houston Texans (2-11) on Thursday Night Football. Houston was beaten by the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) by a score of 27-20.

This cements Houston in the bottom of the NFL’s standings in 2013. This team has plenty of injuries to account for and plenty of holes to fill. It appears as though the Texans may be heading for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

However, there are still three weeks remaining in the season, as the Texans are set to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15.


Houston Texans: 20

Jacksonville Jaguars: 27

Houston Texans Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseCD+
Run OffenseCC-
Pass DefenseC+C+
Run DefenseDD-
Special TeamsD+D+
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Game Analysis for the Houston Texans

Pass Offense: Case Keenum continued to falter throughout the third quarter. He was benched for Matt Schaub, who began to play well once he entered the game. Schaub was able to lead the offense to 13 points and bring the game within four. However, a late interception sealed the fate of the Texans on Thursday.

Run Offense: Despite playing from behind, the Texans never were able to establish the run against the Jaguars. Ben Tate had a difficult time getting a rhythm going and was only able to muster 53 yards on 14 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. Houston rushed for just 83 yards as a team.

Pass Defense: Houston’s secondary contained Chad Henne nicely over the second half, as the quarterback struggled to place his passes in tight windows. However, they did give up a 21-yard touchdown on a trick play as wide receiver Ace Sanders connected with Jordan Todman in the end zone.

Run Defense: The Texans allowed Maurice Jones-Drew to gain over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season on Thursday. The defense had a difficult time containing Henne as well, as he was able to gash them for 33 yards on his first four carries. Jacksonville rushed for 149 yards as a team over the course of the contest.

Special Teams: It was not a busy night for Houston’s special teams units. However, they did allow Jacksonville some room to run on punt returns, as Ace Sanders averaged 12.5 yards per return for the night. This caused Shane Lechler to average just 43.8 yards per punt over the contest.

Coaching: The coaching staff made the right move by benching Keenum for Schaub in the third quarter. Keenum had not been producing throughout the contest, and Schaub was able to provide a spark. Unfortunately, their efforts came up short. An exorbitant number of penalties—14 for 177 yards—for an undisciplined team was one of the biggest reasons for this loss.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 5, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for the Houston Texans

Pass Offense: Case Keenum moved the ball around nicely during the first half, targeting eight different players. However, the Jaguars defense did not allow anything over the top, as Keenum had to settle for underneath routes. Keenum did put together a nice late drive, which culminated in a touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin to keep Houston in the game. Unfortunately, a terrible throw resulted in an interception late in the second quarter and dashed Houston’s hopes of tying the game.

Run Offense: Ben Tate got off to a rather slow start against the Jaguars on Thursday. He carried just 10 times for 41 yards in the first half, though he did average 4.1 yards per carry. Houston must make it a priority to establish the run and get Tate the ball more often over the duration of the game.

Pass Defense: Houston’s secondary was able to hold quarterback Chad Henne to just 8-of-18 passing for 86 yards during the first half. Unfortunately, it also allowed two red-zone touchdowns. This is an area of the field in which the defense needs to begin to clamp down.

Run Defense: As a team, Jacksonville was able to accumulate 83 rushing yards in the first half. Maurice Jones-Drew has been able to find space, gaining 47 yards on nine carries; however, Houston was unable to contain Henne as well, as he gained 23 yards on two rushes.

Special Teams: It was a rather uneventful half for the special teams units. Houston did allow a 17-yard punt return to Ace Sanders, which helped Jacksonville in the battle for field position.

Coaching: Houston’s coaching staff was able to maintain a close game heading into the second half of play. It's been a defensive struggle to this point, but the Texans must apply more pressure to Henne going forward, as they were only able to get to him once late in the first half. Penalties were a major problem, as Houston racked up 10 for a total of 115 yards over the first two quarters.


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