AFC South: 2013 Week 12 JAC at HOU Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans

November, 24, 2013

HOUSTON -- Some thoughts on the Houston Texans' 13-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium:

What it means: I polled Texans fans during this game to ask if they wanted the Texans to win. Some said yes. Some said no, for the draft pick. Some said no, hoping a loss would lead to changes on the coaching staff. The Texans are the most disappointing team in the NFL given their talent and expectations. Coach Gary Kubiak's seat gets hotter and hotter. There is no justifying losing to a team that's content in its rebuilding process. That's nine straight losses.

Stock Watch: Case Keenum struggled big time today. His protection wasn't great all the time, but Keenum needs to learn how to step up in the pocket better. His throws were frequently off target, even with sufficient time, and more than once, Jaguars defensive backs were upset at missed opportunities for interceptions. This time, rather than pulling Keenum, Kubiak allowed the young quarterback to tough it out. It helped that the Jaguars' pass rush is the weakest the Texans have faced. The game ended with a Keenum interception.

Defense struggled: Against an offense that hasn't done much this season, the Texans' defense struggled. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 84 rushing yards and 60 yards receiving. He also scored the only touchdown of the game.

What's next: The Texans will face the New England Patriots next. The game's at home, though that hasn't helped Houston in the past two weeks.

Rapid Reaction: Jacksonville Jaguars

November, 24, 2013

HOUSTON -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 13-6 victory against the Houston Texans.

What it means: The Jaguars are on a roll after Sunday’s victory. That’s two victories in their last three games and they’re entering a stretch of winnable games in December: Cleveland, Houston, Buffalo and Tennessee. Part of the success is due to an easier schedule in the second half of the season, but the Jaguars have also played better against the run in the three games since their bye week.

Stock watch: The Jaguars’ running game, which has been the worst in the NFL all season, showed up in a big way against the Texans. The Jaguars ran for a season-high 120 yards, the first time they have rushed for more than 100 this season. Maurice Jones-Drew also had his best game of the season against the Texans. He ran for a season-high 84 yards and caught six passes for 60 yards to give him a season-high 144 total yards. His previous best was 71 yards rushing against the Denver Broncos and 122 total yards against the San Francisco 49ers.

Passing grade: One week after giving up 419 yards passing to Carson Palmer, the Jaguars clamped down on the Texans and quarterback Case Keenum. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 130 yards and no touchdowns. Receiver Andre Johnson, who came into the game second in the NFL with 72 catches, had just one catch for 15 yards until less than two minutes remained.

Ugly answer: The Texans took the opening possession of the second half and drove 83 yards in 6:34 and kicked a field goal to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 10-6. The Jaguars’ answer was less than impressive. They drove the ball from their own 20 to the Houston 31, but had to overcome three penalties and had a pass that was almost intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Chad Henne also simply dropped the ball while he was bringing his arm back to throw and the drive ended when Josh Scobee’s 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Plus, they got a first down in the middle of the drive when Antonio Smith was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Henne.

What’s next: The Jaguars will play at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.