Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wrap-up: Texans 24, Jaguars 14
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Houston Texans’ 24-14 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium:
What it means: The Texans maintained their lead in the AFC South, improving to 5-3. They had some poor stretches but did what a good team should do against a division opponent who is not as well-rounded. The Jaguars fell to 2-6, which is two games better than the last-place Colts, but well behind both the Titans (4-3) and Texans.
What I liked, Texans: The Texans knew that a solid defensive day against a limited offense led by rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert would set the stage for a win, and they got it. They held Maurice Jones-Drew to 18 carries for 63 yards, allowed Gabbert to complete just 33 percent of his passes, surrendered one play of more than 12 yards and allowed the Jaguars to cross midfield on only three series.
What I didn’t like, Jaguars: Other than the anemic offense we just covered in the previous section? The defense took away two fumbles, which is good, but allowed Arian Foster to take 33 carries for 112 yards and a score. And when your quarterback is hitting on only a third of his passes, holding Matt Schaub to 53 percent doesn’t wind up being something you can celebrate.
Major contributor: Texans tight end Joel Dreessen has done his share to help the Texans be OK without Andre Johnson. He caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive week.
Stat to compare: Jacksonville was 5-for-14 (36 percent) on third down. Houston was 10-for-17 (59 percent).
What’s next: The Texans get a visit from the Cleveland Browns, which would figure to be an easier AFC North draw than the two they’ve had so far. The Jaguars have reached their bye week.