While Jacksonville was getting ready for it’s home opener, Houston was getting ready for business as usual. The Jaguars were understandably pumped for this game, ready to follow up their Week 1 effort with more fire, passion and determination. And more importantly, to emerge with a result more acceptable than the valiant, yet disappointing overtime loss to Minnesota.
Before last season, Houston was a great house guest, as the Jaguars went 4-2 against them in their last six before Blaine Gabbert’s rookie season. But, once the Texans got a taste of the finer things (like the playoffs and a playoff win, both firsts for the franchise last season), they have been determined to not go back to the kiddie table. So, for the second year in a row, Houston marched into Jacksonville, kicked the door down, ate the groceries, slept on the couch and basically left when they felt like it.
The Jaguars of Week 1 were immediately old news as Houston dictated every facet of the game. Their offense not only moved up and down the field, but they also forced the Jaguars defense to stay on the field much longer, nearly tripling the time of possession that the Jaguars had.
Shaub may not have topped 200 yards passing, but Arian Foster and Ben Tate made up for it by combining for 174 rushing on 40 carries. As the Texans running game wore down the line, the Jaguars offense could only watch.
Some days, the stats can be taken and twisted and contorted into a positive for the home team, but this was not some day. Houston simply looked like a team on a mission, and the Jaguars played like a deer in the headlights – at home, no less.
While Jacksonville recovers from the siege that Houston laid on them, the Jaguars can focus on a team that did what it could not do in Week 1 : beat Minnesota. Indianapolis was on the right side of the score as they beat the Vikings by a field goal, and now Jacksonville will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to face a team with momentum – and Andrew Luck.
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Written by Michael Reid