The Jacksonville Jaguars proved to many that their defense is probably the most underrated squad in the NFL.
The Jaguars demolished the Houston Texans in an impressive 29-7 victory in Houston this past Sunday, Sept. 10.
The reason why they’re underrated is because of how bad and illegitimate the team has been throughout these past couple of years.
Fortunately, the Jaguars won their first season opener since 2011 at the hands of their young defense. It was the first time that the trio of Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Calvin and A.J Bouye played together.
The Jaguars secondary did not let up on the Texans receivers the entire game. Texans best wideout Deandre Hopkins, only finished with 7 receptions for 55 yards and the only touchdown scored for Houston.
Surprisingly, the Jags’ defensive line was unstoppable with 10 sacks and two of them were accountable of being fumbles. Both fumbles were created by second year player Yannick Ngakoue and one of them was returned for a TD by former Gator Dante Fowler.
Furthermore, the defensive leader throughout the game was D-lineman Calais Campbell, who produced a franchise record of 3.5 sacks in the first 29 minutes of the game.
Blake Bortles seemed shaky to some but had some great play calls and execution that let him control the board.
Although the defense gave him a huge edge on the comfort radar, he performed well and finished with 11 of 21 completions for 125 yards and a TD.
Unfortunately, while the Jags received the win, they also suffered a pretty big loss when Pro Bowler Allen Robinson went down with a knee injury in the first plays of the game. With Robinson gone, they had to rely heavily on the rookie sensation from LSU, Leonard Fournette.
Fournette’s rookie debut was impressive, 100 yards with 26 carries. Some of those yards were off catches which is one of his best attributes. Things were just going his way this game, and to top it all off he achieved his first career touchdown.
HOUSTON “RALLIES” BACK
Although the Texans began with Tom Savage at QB, they couldn’t end with him. Savage was arguably at his worst when it came to the season opener, finishing with 7 of 13 completions and 63 yards.
The poor man was benched after the first half and was replaced by rookie college national title winner from Clemson, Deashaun Watson.
The star from Clemson came out confident and scored on his first career drive in the NFL to put Houston on the board. Let’s put this into perspective, Savage is beginning his fourth season in the NFL and has yet to score a single touchdown.
Watson looked promising, but the Jaguars defense wouldn’t let him shine again after the first drive. Was it the nerves? The Breaking down of the O-line? Or are the Jags defense the real deal?
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 12, 2017
The Jaguars face the Titans next Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Texans play Thursday Night Football against the Bengals.