Blake Bortles has thrown a lot of interceptions.
The opportunistic Houston Texans defense has caught their fair share, and created just as many fumbles.
Heading into this weekend’s matchup with Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, safety D.J. Swearinger knows they’ll have chances to make big plays.
“We’re licking our chops,” Swearinger said on Wednesday. “We’re hoping to force a lot of turnovers like we’ve done in the past.”
Bortles, the third overall pick this year, has taken his lumps in his rookie season, particularly with ball security. His 15 interceptions lead the NFL, and it’s a number he’s amassed despite starting only 10 of Jacksonville’s 12 games. Last week’s 21-point comeback win over the New York Giants was Bortles first game without an interception.
“He’s had some struggles with that,” Swearinger said. “We’ve got to take advantage of it.”
It’s something the Texans have done well in 2014. After being one of the worst takeaway teams in the NFL in 2013, they’ve forced 28 turnovers, most in the league, and 15 interceptions, tied for the fourth-most.
Despite the struggles of Bortles and a green Jaguars offense, Swearinger knows the parity of the NFL, and said he has a lot of respect for their opponent.
“We don’t care about the record, we don’t care about how they’ve been playing,” he said. “Our focus is on getting the next W. Whatever we’ve gotta do to get the W, it doesn’t matter who’s next.”
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