The Houston Texans had a new quarterback under center on Sunday but it made little difference on the road in Jacksonville. Houston gave up 31 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.
Bortles Picks Apart Texans Defense
Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles has faced some criticism this season as to whether he can lead the Jaguars to the postseason. On Sunday, he answered the call in a big way by throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Jaguars are heading back to the postseason in a big way and Bortles was a big part of it on Sunday.
Simply put, very little went right for the Texans on Sunday. T.J. Yates struggled in his first start of the season, the offense picked up only nine first downs and the team just looked lifeless for most of the day. But, the one moment of the game that summed up the struggles came late in the first half.
Already down 24-0, the Texans elected to try and throw the ball with under a minute to go in the first half. That play turned into a Yates interception that the Jaguars would cash in for a touchdown at the end of the half. That summed up the struggles of the day for the Texans.
Record For DeAndre Hopkins
The one bright spot from Sunday’s game was the lone score of the game, a 25-yard touchdown catch by DeAndre Hopkins in the third quarter. It was the 12th touchdown of the season for the veteran receiver, which sets a new franchise record.
It’s a testament to Hopkins that he is still able to put up some impressive numbers even with all the rotations at quarterback this season. He’s been a bright spot in what has been a disappointing season.
The Texans will now look to play out the stretch of the season and will see what’s in store going into next year. There will be questions about Bill O’Brien’s future as head coach, but Houston will have to get through one last home game at Pittsburgh and a road game to Indianapolis to close out the season.
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