Texans Correct Offensive Flaws During Rout Over Jacksonville
(CBS Houston) – So much for the hard-fought, close games the Texans and Jacksonville have usually played.
But more important, so much for any lingering concerns about the Texans offense from opening week. The Texans offense rolled over Jacksonville en route to a dominating 27-7 to win over their AFC South rivals Sunday afternoon at EverBank Field.
The Texan improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season and they did so in convincing fashion this time around. They overwhelmed the Jaguars in all facets in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score in a game that marked the Texans fourth straight victory in the series.
A week after putting forth an anemic effort on the ground against Miami, the Texans rebounded behind Arian Foster and Ben Tate on Sunday. Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown while Tate came off the bench to add 74 yards and two rushing touchdowns to help the Texans amass 216 rushing yards on a franchise-best 48 rushing attempts.
Quarterback Matt Schaub had an efficient day using the short passing game to keep the Jaguars off balance. He completed 26 of 35 passes for 195 yards on the day.
In all, the Texans put forth 411 yards of offense and ran 83 plays while accruing 28 first downs and holding a 43:17 to 16:43 time of possession edge. Their time of possession also established a new franchise record.
But as dominant as the Texans offense was, the defense might have been even better as they came close to shutting out the Jaguars (0-2). They certainly set Jacksonville’s offense and second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert back an entire season.
Jacksonville, which trailed 17-0 at halftime, mustered a franchise low 117 yards largely because the Texans and J.J. Watt dominated the line of scrimmage. It had looked as though Gabbert had turned a major corner in Week 1 but against the Texans he may have looked worse than at any pointing during his disappointing rookie campaign.
Gabbert completed just 7 of 19 passes for 53 yards and one touchdown while being sacked three times before giving way to Chad Henne early in the fourth quarter. The official reason he missed most of the fourth quarter was an injury but it just as well could have the ineffectiveness of the offense.
The Jaguars couldn’t move the ball on the ground with running back Maurice Jones-Drew or threw the air. They managed just nine first downs and were 0 for 9 on third-down conversions.