Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnathan Joseph

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that they’ve won three of the last four games, the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t a joke any longer.

Unless you listen to the some of the comments from players on the teams they’ve beaten. Losing to the Jaguars is apparently the worst thing they’ve experienced in their careers.

That has some Jaguars players amused -- and a little miffed, too.

"It’s not annoying," guard Uche Nwaneri said. "It’s ridiculous. Really? Are we a high school team playing ya’ll? You have to apologize to your city because you lost to us?

"It’s the NFL. Every win is a hard-earned win. There’s rarely just easy sailing for any team throughout the course of the season so when you’re able to pull out a win you celebrate it. When you lose you try to be as gracious as you can in defeat but don’t trivialize our win because we came in here with a record that wasn’t as good as yours."

The Jaguars were 0-8 when they beat the Titans 29-27 on Nov. 10 in Nashville, Tenn. The Jaguars forced four turnovers and got a safety because of a holding penalty in the end zone, a play that turned out to provide the final margin.

After the game, tight Delanie Walker was almost in disbelief that the Titans -- who were 4-4 with a game against the Jaguars before one against the division-leading Colts -- somehow lost the game.

"It’s disgusting," he told Nashville media. "I’m disappointed. I’m embarrassed. A team that’s 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that’s 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on. ... Talking about first place? We just got whooped by the Jaguars."

It got worse two weeks later when the 1-9 Jaguars went into Houston and upset the 2-8 Texans 13-6. Running back Ben Tate said he was embarrassed for the city, cornerback Johnathan Joseph said there was no way they should have lost the game, and offensive tackle Duane Brown apologized to the city.

Receiver Andre Johnson called it the lowest point of his Texans career.

Cleveland’s players were much nicer after last Sunday’s 32-28 loss in which the Jaguars drove 80 yards to score the game-winning touchdown with 40 seconds remaining. But cornerback Joe Haden, who was beaten for the winning TD, went on an emotional, expletive-filled rant about being tired of losing -- the implication being the Jaguars were a team the Browns (4-7 entering the game) should have easily beaten.

"I don’t care what the opposing team thinks," said Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts, a Cleveland native who beat Haden for the touchdown. "It’s the NFL. You’re going to win or lose each week. You’ve got to bring your best that week. For us, we’re getting better.

"We’ve been 3-1 since the bye week so if they’ve got a problem with it come see us. That’s how I feel about it."

Not every Jaguars player was bothered by the comments made by the Titans, Texans and Browns. Linebacker Paul Posluszny just shrugged his shoulders.

"You know, it is what it is," said. "From their [the Titans’] perspective we were 0-8 so they think we’re the worst team in the league. What are you going to do? That’s not something we worry about.

"It’s an NFL team against an NFL team. Regardless of our record we still have Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis. We have Pro Bowl players. For them to say that to me it’s … just one of those things you blow off."

Not Nwaneri, though.

"There’s so many things that happen on the field, chitter-chatter in between players about so many different things, that it didn’t surprise me necessarily when they started talking," he said. "I was more like, this sounds like a child complaining because they can’t have their way."

Get to know the Houston Texans

November, 19, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars' poor season was expected. What has happened in Houston, however, was not.

The Texans started the season 2-0 but have lost eight consecutive games. Quarterback Matt Schaub, who threw for 4,008 yards last season, has been a mess in 2013. He set an NFL record by throwing a pick-six in four consecutive weeks and had nine interceptions before getting benched.

Running back Arian Foster, who has rushed for at least 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns the past three seasons, is out for the season with a back injury.

The Texans, a preseason Super Bowl pick by some experts, now have to win out just to have a chance to make the playoffs. It's an unlikely scenario, but they do get the play the Jaguars (1-9) twice in 12 days.

Kickoff for Sunday's game in Houston is set for 1 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Texans:

Record: 2-8.

Last week: lost to Oakland 28-23.

Coach: Gary Kubiak, eighth season (61-59).

Offensive coordinator: Rick Dennison.

Defensive coordinator: Wade Phillips.

Series record: Texans lead 13-9.


QB Case Keenum: He will make his fifth career start against the Jaguars. Keenum, an undrafted free agent from Houston, has thrown for 992 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception since taking over for Matt Schaub.

WR Andre Johnson: He has persevered through Schaub’s horrible year and the inexperience of T.J. Yates and Keenum and is on the verge of his seventh 1,000-yard season. He needs just 34 yards to reach that plateau. He’s also on pace to tie his career high of 115 receptions (2008).

RB Ben Tate: With Arian Foster done for the season because of a back injury, Tate is the Texans’ top back. His stats right now are nearly identical to Foster’s: Tate has 122 carries for 543 yards and one touchdown while Foster has 121 carries for 542 yards and one touchdown. Both are averaging 4.5 yards per carry. It’s the touchdowns, however, that are the problem. The Texans have rushed for only two all season.


DE J.J. Watt: He leads the team in tackles (47), sacks (8.5) and forced fumbles (three). However, he has not been as effective as he was last season when he knocked down 16 passes. He has just four knockdowns this season, three of which came in the first two weeks of the season.

OLB Whitney Mercilus: The loss of ILB Brian Cushing has been hard for the Texans to overcome, but Mercilus has done a solid job in trying to help replace Cushing’s production. He has 4.5 sacks, which is just 1.5 sacks shy of the 6.0 he had as a rookie last season.

CB Johnathan Joseph: The Texans' best corner has knocked down 11 passes and appears to be completely over the sports hernias that bothered him throughout 2012. He has been a factor in Kareem Jackson’s development as well.


Kubiak coached the team from the press box in the Oakland game in his return from a mini-stroke. … The Texans have forced just eight turnovers (four fumbles, four interceptions). … Opponents have scored a league-high eight touchdowns on returns. … The Texans’ eight-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history. Houston has won five in a row over Jacksonville. The Jaguars’ last victory in the series came on Nov. 14, 2010.