Sunday, January 2, 2011
Wrap-up: Texans 34, Jaguars 17
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Texans' win against the Jaguars at Reliant Stadium.
What it means: The Jaguars finished 8-8 on a day when a win and a Colts’ loss could have landed them the AFC South title. Houston improved to 6-10, matching the worst record of the Gary Kubiak regime.
What I liked: The run games. The Jaguars pounded out 35 carries for 198 yards and a touchdown without Maurice Jones-Drew. But the Texans topped them with 37 carries for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Of that, 180 yards and two scores came from Arian Foster, the league’s rushing leader for the 2010 season. Houston's better balance was a big difference.
What I didn’t like, Jaguars edition: No sacks, no takeaways, no game-swinging special teams play. They needed more in those areas to offset a minimal passing game with Trent Edwards at the controls. They were just 1-for-10 on third down, though 3-of-3 on fourth down helped offset it a bit.
What I want to know: How extensive will the changes be? Reports say Gary Kubiak will remain in place, and I expect the Jaguars will stick with Jack Del Rio. But both teams need changes outside of that to get in better position to challenge the Colts in the division.
What’s next: Both owners will need to address the status of their coaches. Then we’ll hear about offseason surgeries, staff adjustments and plans heading towards a lockout and the draft.