The Jaguars traveled over 4,000 miles to play their annual “home away from home game” and in the end, the outcome showed that they maybe should have just stayed home. This as, the Houston Texans completed a season sweep with a dominating 26 – 3 win at London’s Wembley Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson (above) threw for two touchdowns and running back Carlos Hyde, who was on the Jaguars roster a year ago, ran for over 160 yards, as the Texans were never threatened down the stretch in the win.
The Jaguars offense was mostly lifeless, as three total points would indicate. However, Jacksonville did have a couple of crucial scoring opportunities with the lead in range that could have kept them in the game.
First, trailing 9 – 3 to start the second half, the Jaguars put a drive together and got to the Houston 31 yard line. However, the scoring chance ended, when they botched the snap and punter/holder Logan Cooke was hit by the Texans and they recovered the fumble near midfield.
Houston drove themselves into field goal range and then Ka’imi Fairbairn made it from 42 yards and a 12 – 3 advantage.
Then, in the fourth quarter quarterback Gardner Minshew finally got a deep drive going but team was stopped on Downs. That’s when Minshew’s fourth down pass found the arms of Chris Conley, but was stripped away from him as he went to the ground.
Jacksonville’s coach Doug Marrone challenged the critical play but replay upheld the call, and Houston took over.
Then, the Texans basically put the game away when they went 79 yards in five plays and Duke Johnson powered in from a yard out and it was 19-3:
Duke Johnson ended this TD run with AUTHORITY. 😤 @DukeJohnson_8
— NFL (@NFL) November 3, 2019
Then, for the first time in his rookie season, Minshew finally unraveled turning the ball over three times in the final 7 minutes of the game with two interceptions and was stripped for another fumble on a scramble.
Houston held Jags running back Leonard Fournette to just 40 yards on 11 carries, as the Jaguars finished with their worst offensive of the year to drop to 4 – 5 at the bye.
Meanwhile, Houston got the win to improve to 6 – 3 continuing to lead the AFC South.