Tale Of The Tape: Jacksonville Jaguars At Houston Texans
- QuarterbackAfter recording their first victory in Week 10 vs. the Tennessee Titans, the Jaguars played well at home vs. the Arizona Cardinals at home for a half. However, they couldn’t sustain their play in the final 30 minutes and much of that was due to Chad Henne’s inconsistency. While he plays with excellent effort, Henne had lapses that allowed the Cardinals to pull away and win the game.Another game and another loss for the Texans. One of the most highly respected teams at the start of the season lost its eighth game in a row as they lost a home game to the Oakland Raiders. Case Keenum did not play badly, but he was replaced by former starter Matt Schaub in the second half. Neither quarterback was accurate enough with his passes to snap the skid.
- OffenseThe Jaguars have almost no running game. Maurice Jones-Drew is supposed to be sharp enough to run inside or outside, but he is coming off a 23-yard effort against the Cardinals. The Jaguars got a lift from unheralded receiver Ace Sanders, who caught eight passes for 61 yards and Danny Noble, who caught a 62-yard TD pass.You have to give full credit to backup running back Ben Tate who is playing hard and gained 88 rushing yards against the Raiders. Tate remains in the lineup despite playing with broken ribs. Wide receiver Andre Johnson had another solid statistical game, catching 10 passes for 116 yards. Tight end Garrett Graham is a solid third-down target who can also go downfield to make catches.
- DefenseThe Jaguars struggle badly on the defensive end as they rank 28th in yards allowed and opposing offenses generally have no problems dictating the pace of most games. They suffered a severe blow with the loss of middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, who was sidelined against the Cardinals because of a concussion. Russell Allen had seven tackles in his place.The Texans are having a solid statistical season on defense, but that doesn’t tell the true story because they can’t stop opponents at key moments. Defensive end J.J. Watt continues to play hard and is the dominant player on the team. He had two more sacks against Oakland and has 8.5 sacks on the season. Inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton has 36 tackles this season and continues to play aggressively.
- Special TeamsJosh Scobee has been one of the few bright spots for the Jaguars this season with his consistent placekicking. He missed a 60-yard attempt vs. Arizona on the last play of the half, and that was his first miss of the year. Punter Bryan Anger averaged 47.8 yards on eight punts against the Cardinals.The Texans continue to play poorly on special teams. Their punt coverage has been particularly poor, as they allow nearly three times as many yards as they gain per return. Randy Bullock is one of the most inconsistent placekickers in the NFL.
The Texans certainly have the statistical edge in most of the key categories, but this team has no confidence and they keep on losing. It may not end here even though they are playing the struggling Jaguars. -Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor