Jaguars: What We Learned Against the Texans

This is our weekly segment following a Jaguars game in which we take a look back at what the most important things going into the game were, and what we learned during the contest.

Five most important things:
    1. Don't fall in. After a slow start the Jaguars answered the bell in a big way, rushing for 244 yards and taking control over the injury plagued Texans. The Texans were outmanned and in year's past, this game could've gone either way. The Jaguars appear to have finally matured.

    2. Impose your will. The Jaguars imposed their will in a big way rushing for a season high 244 yards while mostly facing eight-man fronts. The Jaguars were the much more physical team that controlled the line of scrimmage.

    3. Take some deep shots. There weren't many deep shots to be had as the Texans secondary did a great job of not allowing anything down the field. The Jaguars took what the Texans gave them in the passing game, and pounded them up front.

    4. Contain Matt Schaub. The Jaguars did a great job of this, as Schaub is a very good passer while on the move. Schaub has solid stats at the end of the day--19/31, 259 yards, 0 TD's/1 int.-- but he couldn't put points on the board when the Texans needed them.

    5. Cover Owen Daniels. Owen Daniels finished with five catches for 79 yards, but none of them meaningful. The Jaguars have been giving up a lot to opposing tight ends this season, and it doesn't get any easier with Indianapolis and Dallas Clark coming to town.

What to look for:
    1. Look for a dance by Maurice Jones-Drew. Not only did Jones-Drew score once, but he scored twice. MJD was the player of the game for the Jaguars, as he finished with 125 yards rushing on just 12 carries, and he added 59 yards receiving on 4 catches.

    2. Look for a big play by Andre Davis. Missed on this one, sort of. Brian Williams shut down Andre Davis for much of the day, but Davis had a big play early on when he fumbled the ball just inches before scoring a touchdown that would've given the Texans a 10-0 first quarter lead.

    3. Look for a big day by Mario Williams. Not on this day. Williams had exactly two tackles and was not a factor in the game while being handled and handled well by Jaguars left tackle Khalif Barnes.

    4. Look for another big day by David Garrard. Garrard was solid and efficient, and at times he was nearly spectacular. Garrard finished with 22/34 passing, for 221 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Garrard hasn't thrown a pick all season long, and he indeed finished with a quarterback rating of over 100 for the fourth consecutive game (102.7).

    5. There will be a big special teams play in this game. Hit the nail on the head with this one. The Jaguars tried and recovered a surprise onside kick immediately after they scored their first touchdown. This allowed the Jaguars to score a field goal right before the half, and they never looked back.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius NFL Radio, and Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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