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Rapid Recap- Jaguars impressive in rout of Texans

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If you need another of the endless reminders of the meaninglessness of preseason, we submit: Jaguars 29, Texans 7.

The Jaguars endured an August that included everything from benching QB Blake Bortles and then re-installing him as starter, Leonard Fournette show promise but have a foot injury and a first team defense that looked suspect.

Well in week one, it all came together in Houston, as the Jaguars pounded their AFC South rivals with a franchise record ten sacks and four takeaways for an easy win.

One of those turnovers was a strip sack of Houston starter Tom Savage late in the first half that was scooped up and raced to the end zone here:

Dante Fowler’s 46 yard return for his first NFL TD was a back breaking moment, and it sent Savage to the bench in favor of first round pick Deshaun Watson out of Clemson.

Watson showed some promise with his first career TD pass in the third to DeAndre Hopkins, but later, Fowler sacked him and recovered yet another fumble, which led to the next Jacksonville score.

Bortles flipped that to FB Tommy Bohannon for a 26-7 lead.

The game was the first for Houston since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding two weeks ago. But, they never really got going.

Defensive free agent stud Calais Campbell had 3 1/2 sacks, in the first half alone, as the Jaguars pass rush was overwhelming.

Oh, and we theorized who might run the ball for the Jags to begin the season? It was mainly Fournette who pounded between the tackles for 100 yards on 26 carries and his first NFL score, as well:

The victory was the first, as now permanent head coach for Doug Marrone. He also won his debut as the interim coach last Christmas Eve against Tennessee.

Speaking of the Titans, they will be the Jaguars opponent, when they open at Everbank Field next week. Tennessee fell to the Raiders in week one, 26-16.

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