The clock couldn’t expire fast enough in Jacksonville. The host Jaguars routed the visiting Houston Texans 45-7, but the score appears closer than the actual devastation.
Blake Bortles nearly pitched a perfect game despite missing his top three weapons, while T.J. Yates could do little to manufacture any offense for Houston.
Here are four quick takeaways from the Texans’ brutal loss.
Lifeless Texans offense embarrasses in first half
The drive chart says it all. Houston netted just four first downs, three on the same drive. That was the only Texans possession that gained more than eight yards,
That’s how a team falls behind 31-0 at halftime, ladies and gentlemen . . .
DeAndre Hopkins still excites
Houston’s lone bright spot was wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. “Nuk” did as much as he could to help the anemic Texans offense.
Hopkins finished with four receptions on 13 targets, netting 80 total yards and the Texans’ only score. His two receptions on the scoring drive were the only Houston plays to gain more than 15 yards all game.
More offensive line woes
Injuries have been a recurring theme for the Texans offensive line, and this game was no exception. Two starters left the game with injuries. Center Nick Martin rolled his ankle, while Jeff Allen suffered a concussion and did not return.
Even when fully healthy, the Texans offensive line rides the struggle bus. In its dilapidated condition, the glaring holes up front are even more exposed.
Worst loss ever?
There have been some bad losses in the past, but this might be the worst in Texans history. It’s certainly the most disheartening of the last several seasons, even worse than the prime-time blowout losses to the Patriots.
From the opening drives for each team, there was no doubt the Texans had very little chance to compete. The Jaguars gained nearly 300 yards more than the Texans, forced 11 punts from Shane Lechler and sacked T.J. Yates four times. The 38-point margin is handily the biggest in the Bill O’Brien era.
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