Houston (CBS Houston) – Romeo Crennel, as he does with every opponent, is taking Jacksonville’s offense seriously.
Jacksonville’s offense is widely considered as a unit that racks up points and yards only in garbage time. This season, even that notion is too much a compliment to the Jaguars’ offense.
This season, Jacksonville ranks 17th in the league in yards per game with 345.4, while ranking 28th in the league in points with just 19.1.
The Texans know that their offense does posses weapons that can present problems. Starting with the receiving unit of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and the emerging Marqise Lee.
“They are dangerous guys, so we’re going to have to do a good job. They have three of them,” Crennel said.
Jacksonville’s running game has been atrocious, ranking towards the bottom of the league. T.J. Yeldon has not been as productive as they would have liked when they drafted him in the second round last season. They signed Chris Ivory in the offseason to provide stability at the position, but Ivory was banged up at the start of the season and has been slow to get on track. Ivory may have had the game to get him going last week when he ran for 107 yards against Kansas City.
“He’s a hard running, down hill style guy, breaks tackles,” Crennel said.
Finally, Blake Bortles, the quarterback for Jacksonville has had a terrible first half of his season. At the beginning of the year, Bortles was thought of to be coming into his own, that perhaps he would emerge into one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. That’s been far from the case. Bortles has the sixth worth quarterback rating for those that qualify, and is ahead of only Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Brock Osweiler, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Despite his poor play, he’s still a dual threat weapon that can beat you with his legs.
“It’s hard to catch him when he decides to run. We have to do a good job of rush lane discipline, and not give him those scramble lanes,” Crennel said. “If it’s not open down the field, then he’ll tuck it and take off and he’s hard to tackle and hard to catch and usually when he does that he runs for a first down.”