What a wild game in H-Town between The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. This was a game, but the way it started that looked like Jacksonville was going to actually win. The Jags jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter after Blake Bortles ran it in from the 1 yard line.
The Texans would score on a bizarre safety play because of a penalty in the end zone and then would tack on a field goal towards the end of the half. 13-5 Jacksonville. The Texans would bench starting QB Brock Osweiler after his second INT and bring in Tom Savage.
After kicking a field goal to make it 13-8, Marqise Lee would run the ensuing kick off 100 yards, it’s now 20-8, and maybe just maybe this would be the day, the Jags snap the losing streak. It was the first Jaguars kickoff return for a TD since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2007.
With Savage not being fancy but led two drives which led to field goals, the Texans made it 20-14 with 7:54 left in the game. Then it became clear that the fate of the Jags could be inevitable.
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After Lamar Miller punched it in from a yard out with 2:51 left in the game and the extra point was good, the Texans took their first lead of the day 21-20.
Bortles could not get Jacksonville in FG range with two chances in the final three minutes. The last chance ending with an INT.
The Jags were unable to recover from blowing the significant second half lead and couldn’t get back on the board. Another tough day for Blake Bortles who went 12/28 for 92 yards and the INT. The team only rushed for a total of 67 net yards. Once again the defense did all they could to keep them in the game, but again it was not enough.
This is a franchise record 9th straight loss in the same season for the Jags. Now it is all about the draft positioning as well as the future of not only head coach Gus Bradley but also QB Blake Bortles.
Both could be looking for work in a few weeks.