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Post-Game Recap: Texans 7, Jaguars 29

The Texans’ offense falls on its face repeatedly as the Jaguars take the season opener.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans opened up the season with a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars today in a game that brought back memories of last year’s terrible offense.

The Texans’ defense began the game struggling to find a consistent groove, and the Jaguars’ offense pounced, using rookie RB Leonard Fournette to generate consistent offensive yardage despite losing star WR Allen Robinson early during the first quarter. While the Jags made progress moving the ball, they struggled to get in the end zone against the Texans’ red zone defense. The Jags did keep the scoreboard ticking over with two field goals to put them ahead 6-0.

Meanwhile, Houston’s offense struggled mightily, unable to get the ball moving due to the consistent pressure that the Jaguars defensive line generated, frequently with nothing more than a four-man rush.. The Jaguars eventually got into the end zone via Fournette to put them up 12-0 and added a defensive score, thanks to a Tom Savage fumble, to head into the half up 19-0.

The Texans were unfortunately burdened with losses at TE with Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz, and eventually Stephen Anderson all going down with injuries. The Texans’ offense looked horrendous, and Bill O’Brien benched Savage for Deshaun Watson at the beginning the second half. Watson’s introduction did seem to inject some life into the offense as a whole with his ability to escape from pockets and situations that led to sacks earlier in the game. Watson threw his first TD pass (to DeAndre Hopkins) to cut the deficit to twelve points. It didn’t last. The Jags added another touchdown with a Tommy Bohanon receiving score.

I’m not going to pass any further comment about this game. The longer I dwell on it, the unhappier I’m going to be so. Instead, I’m just going to post this and wish you all a good evening.

The comments are all yours.