Instant Replay: Texans swept by Jags

Instant Replay: Texans swept by Jags
December 5, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Johnson after the Texans' 11th straight loss

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There’s really no question anymore. The Texans are absolutely the worst team in the NFL.

Despite a late-game comeback from the Matt Schaub-led Texans, they still fell 27-20 to the Jaguars in Jacksonville in a nationally-televised game on Thursday night.

With their 11th straight loss – seventh straight by one-score – the Texans (2-11) took a big step toward earning the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft. They lost both games against Jacksonville this season.

Schaub entered the game in the third quarter and gave the Texans a much-needed spark. Schaub replaced Case Keenum with the Texans down 14 but couldn’t finish the comeback.

In the fourth quarter, down four points, Schaub guided the Texans down the field before their 4th-and-2 pass fell incomplete. Andre Johnson was open but Schaub was forced out of the pocket. They did get the ball back with just over two minutes left, but Schaub threw an interception.

The Texans had a really good shot of going into halftime with the game tied at 14-14 but instead made a few bonehead mistakes.

First, Keenum threw an awful, underthrown pass to Johnson that was picked off by former Texan Alan Ball. Then, rookie D.J. Swearinger drew an inexcusable penalty when he taunted a Jaguar after an incompletion. Then the rookie was called for a hold to negate an interception by Eddie Pleasant.

The Jags kicked a field goal to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room. The Texans were penalized 10 times in the first half.

The turning point
The Texans had just cut the lead to seven points in the third quarter and had some momentum. Chad Henne threw a pass short of the sticks and Johnathan Joseph was called for an unnecessary pass interference to extend the touchdown drive.  

What it means
The Texans inched closer to earning the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft. They still have the fewest wins in the league, while the Jaguars picked up their fourth win.   
 
Offensive hero
It doesn’t matter who throws him the ball, Andre Johnson is still great.  
 
Offensive zero
Keenum was ineffective again. Keenum was 16-for-19 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception before getting pulled for Schaub in the third quarter.
 
Defensive hero
J.J. Watt showed up. At least someone did.  

Defensive zero
Rough game for rookie D.J. Swearinger. He actually made some plays early in the game but took a dumb taunting penalty and drew a few flags on the evening. He was also late to give help on the trick play touchdown in the third quarter.  

Key stat
The Texans were called for 14 penalties for 177 yards.  

Did you know?
Johnson had his 10th career game with 10-plus catches and 150-plus yards.
 
Who's next?
The Texans are on the road next week to take on the division-leading Colts in Indianapolis. After that, they’re back for one more home game against the Broncos before finishing the season on the road against the Titans.

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