The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Houston Texans 30-16 in Jacksonville. The week 15 loss drops the Jaguars to 2-12 on the season while the Texans improved to 3-11.
The whole league was rooting for Jacksonville this week. Well, the whole world minus Houston Texans fans. In a game steeped with emotions, it was the Texans who would come away victorious, despite the Jaguars showing marked improvement following the dismissal of head coach Urban Meyer.
The Jags kept the deficit to one score for most of the game but couldn’t find the endzone enough, or keep the Texans from scoring. They did some things well that they seemingly couldn’t execute under Urban Meyer. They got solid usage out of running back James Robinson, a player that Meyer didn’t seem to want to trust. The receivers showed better ball–catching abilities and Trevor Lawrence seemed to do better at finding them.
Houston would score first on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Davis Mills to Brandin Cooks. The Jags cut the lead to 7-3 with a 22-yard field goal by Matthew Wright. The Texans immediately responded with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tremon Smith to bump the lead to 14-3.
The second quarter started with a 10-play, 75-yard drive by the Jags that would end in a one-yard touchdown run by James Robinson. The Texans kicked two field goals in the second, a 52-yard kick and a 51-yard kick as time expired, both by Ka’imi Fairburn.
The only scoring in the third quarter was a pair of field goals, one for each team. The Jags would kick one last field goal in the fourth, cutting the lead to 23-16. That was the closest they got. Mills and Cooks connected one last time for a 43-yard touchdown to put the Jaguars away.
Now, I understand that playing well against a team as weak as the Houston Texans isn’t a large feat by any stretch. That being said, I want to touch on a few things that impressed me about the Jags level of play today.
They outgained the Texans in total yardage, 296-281. They converted more first downs, 21-13. They won the turnover battle, Mills threw one interception while the Jags didn’t turn the ball over at all. Perhaps the most impressive to me, there was almost an exact even split in time of possession. Houston had the ball for 30:07 compared to 29:53 for Jacksonville.
Trevor Lawrence went 22 of 38 passing for 210 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions. James Robinson led the ground game with 18 carries for 74 yards and one score. James O’Shaughnessy led all Jacksonville receivers with 60 yards on four catches. Laquon Treadwell had six catches for 57 yards.
The Jags head to East Rutherford, New Jersey in week 16 to take on the New York Jets. The Jets have had a rough season, but don’t let them fool you, they know how to score points if given the opportunity. This matchup is exciting for both teams, and both teams will be hungry for a win. It’s certainly possible the Jags get their first post-Meyer victory in the winds of MetLife Stadium