March 19, 2018

The Rundown: Texans vs. Jaguars

Talk about one of the wildest games we have seen the Houston Texans involved in, but this shootout was one that Texans’ fans can be proud of. It provided 640 yards of offense for the Texans and a game for the franchise history book for Andre Johnson.

The defense had another off day but provided enough stops in overtime to put together a win to push the Texans’ record to 9-1.



The Rundown

– The Texans were the first team in NFL history to post two scores in an overtime game. They did it with a Shayne Graham 25 yard field goal and an Andre Johnson 48 yard touchdown pass to ice the game.

– Speaking of Andre Johnson, he had his best game of his career against the Jaguars. He posted 14 receptions for 273 yards and one touchdown. He did it every which way possible, going deep, across the middle, hitches and the beautiful screen pass to end the game. It is hard to say he has lost a step, and if you ask us he looks like he is just getting warm for the stretch run of the season.

– Darryl Sharpton’s return was great to see and him contributing on defense and special teams only makes the Texans better. He had seven total tackles (1 TFL) and he has added some speed back to the inside of the defense. It is apparent that Sharpton will be used from here on out, but adding him back to the roster will add some much needed depth.

– Danieal Manning had a game that he would like to forget. Despite knocking Blaine Gabbert out of the game which led to a fumble, he had issues the entire afternoon in pass coverage. If there is any real weakness of the Texans safeties, it is putting them in coverage and that is what the Jaguars did. Even Glover Quin was in chase mode when it came to Mercedes Lewis, who abused both Manning and Quin while catching passes. Hopefully they can get these issues cleaned up for the last 6 games of the season.

– Garret Graham is starting to get comfortable finding the end zone and he caught two touchdown passes today. He has three in the last two games, and Graham had 8 receptions for 82 yards. He is becoming another weapon the Texans can rely on when it counts.

– The Texans used four wide receivers for the first time this season with Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Lestar Jean and Keshawn Martin to open up the game.

– Keshawn Martin had a productive day for the Texans by catching his first career touchdown and having some big returns to set up great field position. Martin averaged 32.4 yards a kick return (5) and 38 yards on his punt returns (2) and totaled 238 return yards.  He looks like he is getting comfortable in the return game and seeing him catch the football to start the scoring is a good sign for the offense.

– It might have been his only pass deflection of the day, but Alan Ball filled in for an injured Johnathan Joseph and broke up a first down catch that would have kept the Jaguars’ hopes alive to win the game. It proved to be the biggest play in overtime because the Jaguars had the Texans on the ropes.

– The Texans’ defense gave up some big plays which is not like what we have seen from them before. They gave up three passes for 60+ yards (63, 67, 81), with two resulting in touchdowns.  Not giving up the big play has been one area the defense has done well since Wade Phillips has come to Houston.  It was almost unbelievable to see and gave some flashbacks of bad Texans defenses, but Chad Henne had the Texans’ number today.

– The Texans are going to have to look hard into the kicking situation especially with the limited range of Shayne Graham. Graham has issues from 45+ in field goals and does not consistently kick touch backs when kicking off. There will be a time when the Texans will need Graham to kick a long field goal, but there is little confidence that he can do it right now.

– Finally seeing Matt Schaub do what he did with the football leads us to believe he can win games throwing the football, if needed. Schaub was 43/55 for 527 yards and five touchdowns, plus two interceptions he wished he could get back. His poise was something to watch, not panicking with the clock going down in regulation and leading some big drives for scores. Schaub hit nine different receivers on Sunday and made the Jaguars scramble to where he was going. With this day, Schaub tied Warren Moon for the 2nd best passing day in NFL history, only trailing Norm Van Brocklin’s 554 yards.


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