The Jacksonville Jaguars came into this week hoping they could pull out a win, and give the fans at Everbank Field something to actually cheer about. Instead they did what they've done six times already this year.
The day didn't start out particularly great for the Jaguars, as Blake Bortles was intercepted on an out route by Kareem Jackson, who took it the house, giving the Houston Texans a 7-0 lead.
The Jaguars actually responded with one of their better drives of the year. A 13-play, 75-yard drive was capped off by five-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas. One of his better throws of the whole year tied the game up at 7-7.
The Texans responded accordingly, highlighted by a 45-yard run my Lamar Miller, who was impressively chased won to the 1-yard line by Myles Jack. However, the Jaguars couldn't keep the Texans out of the end-zone, as Brock Osweiler threw a 1 yard pass to Ryan Griffin, giving the Texans a 14-7 lead.
With hopes to respond with another touchdown drive, maybe the most Jaguars play of the year happened. Bortles attempted to throw the ball away, throwing it at T.J. Yeldon's feet on an attempted screen. In a complete Jaguars fashion, the ball bounced off Yeldon's foot about eight yards, right into the hands of Whitney Mercilius.
The Jaguars defense held strong after the turnover, forcing the Texans into attempting a field goal. Nick Novak missed the 49-yard field goal wide left, giving the Jaguars the ball back.
On the ensuing drive, the Jaguars had the same chance for three points the Texans did, but Jason Myers was able to nail the 54-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 14-10.
The Texans responded with another drive down the field, resulting once again in another missed field goal by Nick Novak, this time a 50-yard field goal.
With 1:06 left on the clock, the Jaguars' hope to create some of the last 1st half magic they have had earlier this season. Unfortunately they stalled out, turning it over on downs.
The second half started at well for the Jaguars, as they forced the Texans to go three and out, a first of the day.
The next drive for the Jags was less than impressive, highlighted by an overthrow by Bortles on a play that would have been an easy touchdown to Allen Hurns. This was a huge swing, as the Jag went from a potential game leading touchdown, to being forced to punt on the Texans 40 yard line.
The bad play continued for the Jaguars, as they want three and out on their next possession, followed by a 57-yard punt return allowed to Texans returner Tyler Ervin, who set up a first-and-goal..
The Texans took no time taking advantage, as Osweiler threw his second touchdown pass of the day on a play action boot play to Stephen Anderson. This gave the Texans a 21-10 lead.
The Jaguars followed the drive with a scoring drive of their own, only it being a field goal by Jason Myers to cut the lead to 21-13.
The following drive, the Jaguars defense has the Texans right where they wanted them on a 3rd and 16, only to allow a 17-yard run on a draw play, which allowed the Texans to keep their drive going. This would prove to be costly, as the Texans were able to extend their lead with a 52-yard field goal by Nick Novak, giving them a 24-13 lead.
In desperation mode, and under 4 minutes left in the game, the Jaguars offense drove the ball down the field on a eight-play, 92-yard drive to get them back in the game. With a successful two point conversion, they pulled within three points with a little over two minutes to play.
Deciding to kick it off to the Texans instead of attempting an onside kick, the Jags hoped to force a three and out. Forcing the Texans into a third down situation proved not to be enough, as Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was able to get open and end the game.
The Jaguars fall to 2-7 on the season.
They also fall to 14-43 in the Gus Bradley era.