Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars – September 16, 2012 Replay
Week two is the week Houston fixed the problems I saw from week one. At least for the game against the Jaguars. In week one, the offense had some trouble sealing the deal after a full drive downfield, and really only scored off of mistakes by the Dolphins. The offense did well, but just didn't seem to put the final piece to the puzzle on offense with points.
This week, the offense took it to the ground in a big way, working the twin running attack of Arian Foster and Ben Tate in a great way. I'm not sold on the 3 Foster:1 Tate formula that's been talked about. It seemed like more of a 2:1 approach worked really well this week, as the different running styles really kept the defense of the Jags off balance, allowing for some serious running yardage.
I know you D&D, I mean, Fantasy Football guys want your points to come from Foster, but for me as a Texans fan, I don't mind the numbers spreading out a bit.
Defensively, the Texans continued to be dominant, with JJ (S)Watt knocking down another couple thrown balls, and getting to Gabbart as well. This is a big, fast defense, that's really good at getting their hands up in the air when the QB begins his motion, so they're going to be tough to get balls through. Which is good, since the secondary seemed to leave some holes sometimes that gave the Jags receivers a little room. All in all, a solid defensive performance.
One thing the Texans couldn't get off the ground this week was Andre Johnson. But you could see him getting double-teamed so hard, sometimes he wouldn't even make it off the line! If the offense can get the field spread more to open up Johnson and the tight end Daniels, they can really begin to dominate the scoreboard and avoid the pitfalls from last year where they gave up solid early leads at the end. Which they will need, going up against Peyton this coming weekend.
In case you missed the game, don't worry, we have the recap of what happened, a video recap and pictures from the game. Check out ESPN's preview of this week's coming matchup against the Denver Broncos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All those boos last week just seem silly now.
No sluggish start. No moments of concern. No need for a barrage of turnovers to get going.
The Houston Texans dominated AFC South rival Jacksonville from start to finish and in every phase Sunday.
The Texans improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season. The Jaguars started 0-2 for the third time in the past five years, and have lost four straight in the series.