The Jacksonville Jaguars clobbered the Houston Texans in Week 1, 29-7. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and the final score.
The Jacksonville Jaguars came out of the gate with one thing in mind: making life miserable for Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage in the pocket. Jacksonville would have a ridiculous six quarterback sacks of Savage in the first half. Free agent acquisition Calais Campbell had 3.5 alone.
While it was all Jaguars in the first half, leading 19-0 into the break, it wasn’t all great, as star wide receiver Allen Robinson had to leave the game with an injury. Quarterback Blake Bortles game managed well in the first half, opting to let rookie running back Leonard Fournette pound the rock. He would find pay dirt for the first time in his NFL career on a one-yard scamper.
Really the difference in the first half was the great pressure by the Jaguars front-seven. Abry Jones and Dante Fowler Jr. had strip sacks of Savage. Fowler was able to find awesome pay dirt on a defensive touchdown late in the second quarter. That was not the first half Houston had hoped for at all.
It was so bad in fact for the Texans that head coach Bill O’Brien pulled the plug on Savage and put rookie Deshaun Watson in there for the rest of the game. Though Watson would lead the Texans into the end zone, Jacksonville completely dominated this game.
Jacksonville forced four turnovers and didn’t lose a single one themselves. If this is the Jaguars team we’ll be seeing the rest of the year, this could be the best team in the AFC South. The Tennessee Titans came out flat against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Do we really think the Indianapolis Colts are going to be okay with quarterback Andrew Luck for a month?
Jacksonville throttled the Texans, winning 29-7 in a laughter. Maybe we have to take the Jaguars seriously this year? Then again, we’ll need a few more games before we can go all in. But well done for Doug Marrone and the boys.
- Calais Campbell: Campbell could not have had a better debut in the Black and Teal. He had six tackles, five quarterback hits, four solo, four quarterback sacks and two tackles for a loss of yardage.
- Myles Jack: Jack played out of his mind in the middle of that Jaguars defense. He had a game-high 14 tackles, eight solo and a tackle for a loss of yardage.
- Leonard Fournette: Fournette was the real deal in his Jaguars’ regular season debut. He had 26 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Fournette would also have three catches for 24 yards.
The Jaguars will host another AFC South division rival in the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. Kickoff from EverBank Field in Jacksonville will be at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. CBS will have the early afternoon telecast on September 17.
The Texans have a quick turnaround in Week 2. They will have to travel to the Queen City to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati will be at 8:25 p.m. ET. The NFL Network will have the broadcast on September 14.