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

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2013

A big night by running back Maurice Jones-Drew and a pair of timely interceptions allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to defeat the Houston Texans on Thursday night. 

Final Score: Houston 20, Jacksonville 27

Jacksonville Jaguars Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-C-
Run OffenseB+A-
Pass DefenseB-C
Run DefenseC-C+
Special TeamsBB-
vs. Texans Week 14



Game Analysis for Jacksonville

Pass Offense: Quarterback Chad Henne made some nice plays early in the game, including a pair of touchdown passes.

However, he was not especially efficient with the football and struggled to produce first downs late when the game could be put away.

Henne finished the game 12-of-27 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Only 31 of those yards were produced after halftime.

Run Offense: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew looked very much like his old All-Pro self in this contest, running hard and breaking tackles with frequency.

Unfortunately, he left the game in the fourth quarter after racking up 103 yards on 14 carries.

Pass Defense: Jacksonville did an excellent job of limiting and frustrating Texans quarterback Case Keenum, who was eventually benched in favor of veteran Matt Schaub.

Schaub racked up plenty of yards after entering the game, though a late interception likely cost his team a chance to win.

Keenum and Schaub combined to complete 33 of 58 pass attempts for 357 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Run Defense: Jacksonville managed to contain Texans running back Ben Tate early, though Tate did seem to grow stronger as the game wore on.

After falling behind big, Houston didn’t call Tate’s number much in the second half, which likely kept Jacksonville’s defensive front from having a long night.

Tate finished the game with 53 yards on 14 carries. Only four carries came after halftime.

Special Teams: The Jacksonville special teams unit produced a solid, if unspectacular night with no game-changing mistakes to speak of.

Kicker Josh Scobee made his two field-goal attempts, while Jordan Todman gained a respectable 24 yards per kickoff return.

Bryan Anger produced a pedestrian 38 yards-per-punt average.

Coaching: The Jaguars are playing more like a team in playoff contention than a team battling for draft position and this is a credit to head coach Gus Bradley and his staff.

Jacksonville was aggressive against the Texans, particularly on offense. Coordinator Jedd Fisch dialed up a number of nifty plays, including a double pass that resulted in a touchdown throw for receiver Ace Sanders.

Defensive coordinator Bob Babich does deserve some criticism for struggling to adapt after Schaub was inserted into Houston’s lineup. Fortunately, his unit did catch up and force a game-sealing interception.

First-Half Analysis for Jacksonville

Pass Offense: Quarterback Chad Henne continues to play like a veteran journeyman, providing a little good and a little bad.

Fortunately, there was enough good in the first half to earn a lead, including a pair of impressive touchdown strikes.

Henne finished the half 8-of-18 for 86 yards and the two scores.

Run Offense: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew might have finally remembered he is in a contract year, as he has played extremely well as of late.

His strong run continued in the first half of this contest. Jones-Drew ran the ball nine times for 47 yards in the first two quarters, while Henne added 23 yards on two scrambles.

Pass Defense: While Houston quarterback Case Keenum was allowed to make completions in the first half, the Jaguars did a respectable job of defending all-world receiver Andre Johnson.

Unfortunately, Keenum did a respectable job of finding other targets.

While Johnson was limited to just two receptions for 14 yards in the half, Keenum finished the half 12-of-19 for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Run Defense: Ben Tate topped the 100-yard mark last week against the New England Patriots and could be on his way to doing it again.

Tate was held in check early, but began to run more effectively late in the second quarter. He finished the half with 41 yards on 10 carries.

Special Teams: There was not a lot of action by the Jaguars special teams unit, though Ace Sanders did provide a bit of excitement on a nifty 17-yard punt return.

Bryan Anger averaged a solid 44 yards per punt, while kicker Josh Scobee nailed his only field-goal attempt.

Coaching: Head coach Gus Bradley deserves a ton of credit for keeping this team together throughout a disappointing and trying season. Jacksonville has hardly played like a three-win team through two quarters.

The Jaguars have been especially impressive offensively, where a mix of deep passing and tough running has allowed the team to sustain drives and score points. 


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