HOUSTON | Carried by a takeaway- and sack-happy defense and a starring debut by rookie tailback Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars defeated the Houston Texans 29-7 Sunday at NRG Stadium. Chris Ivory rotated with Fournette and had 42 yards on nine carries.
When the Texans had the home crowd behind them last season they allowed an average of 87 yards a game opposed to what they give up on the road which is 108.2 yards a game.
Robinson was injured just 72 seconds into the game, shortly after catching a pass for 17 yards. He ranked sixth in the AFC with 1,073 rushing yards last season and has three seasons in a row with 1,250 scrimmage yards. "There were a lot of great guys who did a lot of great things for that city and our prayers go out to everybody in Houston who suffered from that hurricane".
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz - As mentioned above, the Jaguars provide some serious firepower at the cornerback position, meaning that the outside receivers for the Texans could be limited. Before that, Jacksonville won two straight, both with Chad Henne at quarterback. The Texans were 5 of 14 on third down.
Sunday's game against Jacksonville will be Watt's first since September 22 after his second back surgery forced him to miss the final 13 games of last season.
The team says it made a decision to stay at least an extra day "in consideration for the safety of our players, coaches and staff". The next season, he totaled 61 tackles and five sacks. He should be heavily amped up for this game after raising over $20 million for Houston as part of Hurricane Harvey relief.
Quarterback Tom Savage will be making his first start at quarterback entering a season.
One problem for the Texans is that Watt is not the only player dealing with an injury. There is speculation that he will eventually lose the starting job to emerging rookie Deshaun Watson, whom they traded up in the 2016 NFL Draft to select at No. 12. Maybe we have to take the Jaguars seriously this year? "I visualize it. I try to get the players to visualize it and teach them". "We have our work cut out for us".
"Obviously, you never want to be replaced", Savage said. But I don't regret or wish anything else happening.
In six-plus seasons of working together, the duo has combined for an 0-4 playoff record, one that has Bengals fans extremely disappointed.
Here are three takeaways from Jacksonville's first victory of the year. Houston leads the all-time match up 19-11. We had a really good first half shutting them down but our captains told us we needed to finish.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Quarterback play will be a significant focus in this game.
Fournette started the game and rushed 26 times for 100 yards. "The way they put this team on their backs and kept us going ..." There had been concern that the team would return to Jacksonville after the game Sunday be stranded because local bridges might be closed.