AFC South: 2011 Week 12 Rapid Reaction
November, 27, 2011
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thoughts on the Texans’ 20-13 win against the Jaguars at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Texans moved to 8-3 with the win and remain in complete control of the AFC South. But in his first game replacing Matt Schaub, Matt Leinart didn’t make it into the third quarter, suffering a left shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game and meant rookie T.J. Yates was operating the offense. Is Leinart out for an extended period of time? Are the Texans being run by a rookie? We have to see what they say when we talk to them in a bit.
What I liked: The Texans played with complete confidence that they were better than the Jaguars, which they are. But Leinart didn’t really throw anything of length and when Yates took over, the rest of the team simply stuck with the main ingredients. The run game was good enough, as was the defense, particularly after halftime.
What I didn’t like: Even as they strung together some big plays, the Jags simply couldn’t score. No, we shouldn’t put too much on one play. But after what might have been the Jaguars’ most effective drive of the season, with plays of 31, 25 and 14 yards, tight end Marcedes Lewis dropped an easy TD pass and the Jaguars only pulled ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter. Not exactly a confidence builder for the home team.
What I want to know: What was the Jaguars’ rationale for pulling Blaine Gabbert in favor of Luke McCown with the score at 20-10 with about 7 minutes left in the game? There have been plenty of moments when a quarterback change may have been an option for the Jaguars. Why did coach Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter pull the trigger this time?
What’s worthy of applause: Houston’s Andre Johnson just became the second-fastest player to reach 700 catches in NFL history. Marvin Harrison needed 114 games to reach the mark for Indianapolis, and Johnson needed 120.
What’s next: The Texans host Atlanta while the Jaguars welcome "Monday Night Football" for the second time this season, this time for San Diego.