Recap: Texans Overpower Rival Jacksonville On Way To 2-0 Start
Overview: The Texans took advantage of a powerful rushing attack and dominating defensive performance to stomp all over Jacksonville en route to a thorough 27-7 win on the road on Sunday.
The Texans now have two 20-points wins to start the season and are 2-0 for the third consecutive year.
Defensively, the Texans were led again by second-year defensive end J.J. Watt who dominated the line scrimmage. Watt recorded a team-best five tackles which included 1.5 sacks and two pass deflection during a day when the Texans defense gave Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert no room to work or breathe.
The Jacksonville offense was limited to just 117 yards and was held to 0 for 9 on third down conversions for the entire game.
The Texans, meanwhile, bounced back from a subpar rushing performance in Week 1 against Miami to gain 216 yards on the ground. Houston also put up 411 yards of offense on a day when they pretty much pushed their AFC South rivals around on their own field.
The Texans have now defeated Jacksonville four straight times.
Who Did Well: After week after not being able to get much going on the ground, Texans running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate bounced back in a big way. The duo combined for 185 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead an attack that amassed 216 yards on the ground and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
The entire defense played well, holding the Jaguars to just 43 total yards in first half and 117 yards for the game. But defensive end J.J. Watt stood out for the second straight week, finishing with a team-high five tackles, which included 1.5 sacks to go along with 2 pass deflections and a fumble recovery.
Who Struggled: It’s hard to say Andre Johnson struggled but the Texans star receiver certainly didn’t put up the kind of numbers we have come to expect from arguably the game’s best receiver. He caught just three passes for 21 yards. He did extend his consecutive games with a catch to 84.
Standout Players: Running back Arian Foster was superb in every facet Sunday, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown while catching six passes for 37 yards to ignite the offense. Ben Tate also had a strong day off the bench, rushing for 74 yards and two touchdowns while a third score was called back when he stepped out at the 2-yard line.
The Texans entire starting offensive line had a dominating performance. They consistently pushed the Jacksonville off the line of scrimmage and they kept quarterback Matt Schaub clean all day. It is largely because of the front five’s effort that the Texans held the ball for a franchise-record 43:17.
Tight end Owen Daniels had a big day catching tying a team-high with six receptions for 47 yards on the day.
Schaub didn’t throw for a touchdown but he was efficient all day, completing 26 of 35 passes for 195 yards while completing passes to seven different receivers.
Interesting Stat: The Jaguars ran just 38 plays compared to 83 by the Texans.
He said It: “Just a great all-around team effort. We played good physical football, road ball. Protected the ball all day.” – Texans coach Gary Kubiak
Up Next: The Texans will try to improve to 3-0 on the season facing a familiar foe in Peyton Manning, who tormented them for years with Indianapolis and now he is leading the Denver Broncos attack. The Broncos won in Week 1 with Manning at the helm for the first time and they face Atlanta in the Monday Night game.