Texans’ defense held up, but more is needed
Houston’s defense stepped up and held the Jaguars to only six points, the lowest they have had all season, and it’s fitting since Houston hasn’t lost to them since 2017. The Texans continued to dominate the division rival Jags and made Trevor Lawrence make terrible decisions, leading to two interceptions.
Derek Stingley had his first interception of his career, picking off Lawrence in the end zone, making a crucial play by saving a potential score. Houston held Jags running back James Robinson in check but struggled against Travis Etienne, allowing him to rush for 71 yards and 43 yards receiving.
Houston struggled to stop Marvin Jones, who caught seven receptions for 104 yards, but the Texans held Christan Kirk to only one reception for a season-low 11 receiving yards.
The Texans failed to record a single sack all game. The pass rush must step up. Houston is fortunate that Lawrence could not take advantage of the lack of pressure by the Texans’ front.
Still, if the Texans want to continue to win, the entire defense must improve, which begins with the pass rush, but they must improve tackling considerably.
Yes, the tackling was better than in previous weeks, but it needs to be elite if the team wants to hold opponents to low-scoring games to allow the offense to have a chance.