Jacksonville came into this game on a severe cold streak. While rookie quarterback Jake Luton provided a spark, ultimately, he didn’t provide enough fire to snap the losing streak. The Jags fall to 1-7 after a 27-25 loss to the Texans in Jacksonville.
The formula to the Jaguars has been simple so far this season. If the opposing team can put up 30 points, or even just the 27 needed to win this game, then the Jags have no chance. The Texans had only one win coming into this game, same as the Jags, yet it was almost guaranteed that Jacksonville would not be able to match their offensive pace. The Texans are now 2-6 on the year, and their only wins have come at Jacksonville’s expense.
Jake Luton stepped in for an injured Gardner Minshew, taking the reins of an offense that scores most of its points in garbage time, and actually moved the ball. Yet despite boasting over 400 yards of offense, the Jaguars offense failed to deliver at key moments, sealing their fate. A missed PAT by Josh Lambo and a failed two-point conversion at the end of the game were the difference between the Jags and a chance at overtime.
Luton was 26/38 passing for 304 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. James Robinson had 25 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. Luton connected with 8 different receivers but DJ Chark Jr. recorded the lion’s share of yards, posting 7 catches for 146 yards and 1 touchdown, including a 73-yard hookup on the third play of the game.
While this game broke the streak of 6 straight games with at least 30 points surrendered, the 27 given up by this Jacksonville defense is still hard to stomach. This team continues to allow itself to be scored on regularly by any opponent on the schedule, a trend that will surely be exploited next week by an Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay team that has scored less than 30 points in only 2 games so far this season.