March 24, 2018

Digging Deep: Jacksonville Edition

The Texans moved to 2-0 for the third season in a row, defeating the Jaguars 27-7. The Texans took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a relatively easy victory over a division rival. This win is also their first step to a 6-0 sweep of the division, a feat that seems quite manageable after the first two weeks of the season.



The Texans ran the ball 48 times for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns. They averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Last week I said that the Texans needed to improve on their 2.4 yards per carry from the Miami game, and they did exactly that. The success of the running game allowed them to get off to a faster start and they were never really in too much jeopardy to lose the game.


The number of turnovers the Texans committed, as well as the number of times Matt Schaub was sacked. The offensive line obviously played well as the Texans ran the ball well and didn’t get sacked. The Texans also did a good job of taking care of the ball, not giving a lesser team like Jacksonville a chance to get back into the game through turnovers.


The Jaguars’ third down efficiency on Sunday. They did not convert on third down on any of their nine attempts all game. The Texans’ defense getting off the field on third downs allowed them to have a huge time of possession advantage, controlling the ball for

43:17 minutes compared to 16:43 minutes for the Jaguars.




The Texans’ red zone efficiency on Sunday. They got in the red zone six times, but only scored touchdowns on three of those trips. When the Texans start facing better teams (this Sunday at Denver), the 4 points that they give up by settling for field goals could end up being costly.


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