Texans beat Jags, move to 7-6
Dec 7, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) in the second quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Today the Texans put together their second back to back wins of the season and beat the Jags to move to 7-6. The last time they managed to win back to back was the start of the season against the Redskins and the Raiders. The good news is that the Texans handily beat the Jaguars. The bad news is that the Texans have only won back to back games against teams with terrible records. Between the four teams the Texans have beaten they have a sum total of 8 wins. The Texans face the Colts in Indianapolis, a place they have never won and a match up against the Ravens at home.
Tempering the reality of a good win against another bad team. The Texans struggled in the first half, failing repeatedly to convert on third down and had a very scary moment when Andre Johnson was just nailed by the Jaguars Telvin Smith in a helmet to helmet collision. For a moment Johnson was on his back with his arms up, a classic sign of being knocked unconscious. The good news is Johnson was able to get up on his own and walk off the field. Concussion protocols prevented his return, but after a blow like that it’s good he stayed out.
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The Texans thankfully did not need Andre as Arian Foster rung up another 100+ rushing game finishing with a nice 24 for 127 yards. DeAndre Hopkins was fairly quiet leading the Texans on the receiving side of the ball with 4 for 49 yards. While the first half was atrocious the second half saw the Texans really take over and pick apart the Jags.
The momentum changed with a nice interception by D.J. Swearinger. It was only a 6 yard gain but really seemed to take the wind out of the Jaguars offense. J.J. Watt had another regular day at this office for him. Adding 5 QB hits, a pass knocked down, 4 tackles for a loss to go with three more sacks. With three games left Watts sitting on 14.5 sacks for the season raising his bid for MVP another notch.
The Texans have a good plan ride back home, but that plane ride comes knowing the Colts came from behind and beat the Browns today. Knowing they have to travel to Indianapolis and win in a building that seems to hold a curse on the Texans. Two good wins, a good rhythm going in the Texans have to step up now. No more 2 win teams.
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