Jaguars Earn Third Straight
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have long gone from the worst team in the NFL to the hottest team in the AFC.
And they're experiencing it.
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman obtained on some trickery and the Jaguars held on to defeat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday evening.
The Jaguars (4-9) gained their third straight – their fourth triumph in five games since a bye – and continued to show signs of improvement under first-year coach Gus Bradley. They possess the longest winning streak in the AFC.
"Four out of five, yeah, you're feeling good," Henne stated.
Jacksonville furthermore won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
"Our guys just really believe," Bradley mentioned. "The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we're carrying out. We're a young team that's learning how to perform this."
Houston (2-11) prolonged its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could direct the franchise to fire trainer Gary Kubiak.
"It's already been a gut-wrenching encounter," said Kubiak, whose group has lost eight games by seven factors or less. "We've already been in therefore many close online games."
Kubiak and the Texans appeared as if they would end the streak after the quarterback modify, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub's pass with 2:08 staying to seal Jacksonville's very first series sweep since 2009.
Schaub arrived off the bench and carved up Jacksonville's secondary in the 2nd half.
He replaced starter Case Keenum late in the third quarter and led the group to a touchdown and a field goal in his first two possessions. The Texans were in the reddish colored zone again, but failed to convert a fourth-down play with 3:37 remaining. Jacksonville picked up a huge initial down that flipped the field – not amazing that it arrived on a penalty – but punted.
Hayes picked off Schaub's next complete, a floater over the center.
The Jaguars milked the clock from there, and Josh Scobee's 39-yard field goal provided some insurance policy. The Texans acquired one final chance – they needed to proceed 77 yards in 20 seconds and without a timeout – but Schaub was sacked to finish the sport.
Jacksonville gamers ran on the field to celebrate.
"For what they've eliminated through and to stick to it and have some results go their method, it's pretty awesome," Bradley said. "Our team continues to show that they're sticking to it, believing and producing plays at critical occasions."
Schaub completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards, with the touchdown and an interception. Andre Johnson captured 13 passes for 154 yards.
Still, the Texans walked off the industry with an all-too-familiar feeling.
Turnovers had been a issue again for Kubiak's group. Penalties were an actually bigger problem.
Houston was flagged 14 periods for a team-record 177 yards – many of them extending drives.
"They were massive penalties," Kubiak stated. "That's on me. It's ridiculous. It's inexcusable. It can't take place."
Jacksonville's opponents might really want to start expecting technique plays.
Unpleasant coordinator Jedd Fisch dialed up a double pass that led to a rating and a 24-10 lead in the third one fourth. Henne threw behind the range of scrimmage to receiver Ace Sanders, who then heaved a deep golf ball across the industry to running back Todman.
No defender had been near Todman as he camped under Sanders' throw. Rookie D.J. Swearinger pushed Todman just as he hauled in the 21-backyard TD reception.
It has been the second consecutive week a non-quarterback threw a TD pass for Jacksonville. Maurice Jones-Drew tossed an 8-yard score to college teammate Marcedes Lewis in a 32-28 win at Cleveland last week.
Sanders and Jones-Drew will have as a lot of TD passes this season as benched Jaguars beginner Blaine Gabbert.
Henne finished 12 of 27 passes for 117 yards. He hooked up with Lewis for a 1-backyard scoring hit in the first quarter and found Cecil Shorts III for a 6-yarder in the second.
The Jaguars took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for the team's fourth opening-drive touchdown in its last five games.
Houston punted on its very first three possessions, creating more momentum for the home team.
Henne's second TD move offered Jacksonville its largest business lead (14 points) of the season. Henne strike Shorts out of bounds on a second-down enjoy, but went right back again to his leading receiver on the following snap. Shorts beat Johnathan Joseph on a fast out.
Jones-Drew carried 14 times for a season-high 103 yards. He left the game late in the 4th with a hamstring injuries, but said he would be great.
The Jaguars are savoring a modest turnaround after starting the period 0-8. Two victories came against Houston, which includes a 13-6 punt-fest 11 days ago.
"It's been incredible," Jones-Drew said. "Gus offers done a great work."
The Texansa season-low 218 yards within that 1, prompting some gamers to apologies to the town. Johnson called it the "lowest stage" of his 11-yr career.
What will they say right now?
Another reduction surely will raise the possibility of modifications in Houston, which enhanced its chances of landing the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
(mind) left the video game and did not come back… Scobee is 19 of 21 on field goals this season, getting one blocked and missing a 60-yarder… Texans were 2 for 5 in the red area, continuing a season-long craze.
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