The injury-ravaged Jaguars (17 players on IR) compiled just 255 yards of total offense against a Houston squad that’s dealing with some serious injury problems too.
Jacksonville (3-8) got on the board early when newly-acquired cornerback Ashton Youboty recovered an Arrian Foster fumble and brought it back 38 yards for a score. Youboty was brought in a week ago to replace Rashean Mathis, who was placed on IR.
Houston responded the following drive with running back Foster redeemed himself by ripping off a 43-yard run. He then scored from one yard out to tie the game at seven in the first quarter. Foster finished with 65 yards on the ground.
The Jaguars got some momentum going in the second quarter when Blaine Gabbert led his team to first and goal at the three-yard line. Gabbert delivered a nice pass to a wide open Marcedes Lewis in the end zone, but the tight end dropped it. Gabbert then misfired on third down and the Jaguars had to settle on a field goal to go up 10-7.
Houston took an insurmountable lead—any lead is insurmountable against the Jaguars—when Matt Leinart connected with Joel Dressen for a 20-yard touchdown. Neil Rackers then made field goals of 33 and 53 yards to put the Texans up 20-10 at the end of the first half.
Leinart, who was starting for the injured Matt Schaub, sustained a shoulder injury at the end of the half and rookie T.J. Yates filled in for him the rest of the way. Houston was only able to compile 215 yards of total offense.
Jacksonville’s offense had another typical performance. Gabbert was under duress all game and took a beating, getting sacked seven times. When he wasn’t getting plastered, he was watching his wide outs drop catchable passes.
Gabbert finished with 136 yards and a pick on 13-of-29 passing before Luke McCown was brought in in the fourth quarter. The veteran led the Jaguars down the field and Josh Scobee made a 35-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the game, but it was too little, too late.
Maurice Jones-Drew went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 99-yard rushing performance. Once again, he was the only bright spot for the Jaguars’ offense.
Tags: Ashton Youboty, Blaine Gabbert, Football, Houston Texans, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Leinart, Maurice-Jones Drew, NFL
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