The Houston Texans took down the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-17.
Houston’s win marked the first of DeMeco Ryan’s head coaching career, as the defending AFC South champions were dominated in all three phases of the game.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 24, 2023
The most promising aspect of the Texans’ victory on Sunday was the impact of their rookies. With 280 yards and two touchdowns on 66.7 percent passing, No. 2 overall pick C.J. Stroud continued his historic start to his NFL career. In his first three games, Stroud attempted 121 passes without an interception. Warren Moon held the previous record with 103 back in 1984.
With receptions of 46 and 68 yards, Tank Dell showcased his big-play ability with five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. The University of Houston product was able to make both of these long gains by getting behind the Jaguars’ secondary.
CJ ➡️ TANK ARE YOU KIDDING pic.twitter.com/t0TLxy1Cru
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 24, 2023
The Texans took an early 14-0 lead thanks to a blocked field goal by No. 3 overall pick, Will Anderson Jr. They led by at least a touchdown for the remainder of the game, with Anderson blocking his first field goal.
Houston’s 37-17 rout of Jacksonville also featured 255-pound fullback Andrew Beck returning a kickoff for a touchdown. The rookie fumbled the kick, but Beck picked it up, broke five tackles, and outran several defenders for an 85-yard touchdown.
It was another week of squandered opportunities for the Jaguars – at least during the first half. Week 3 saw a defense that struggled for the first two games wilt as the offense struggled as much as it did on Sunday.
A missed field goal ended one Jaguar drive in the Texans territory and a blocked field goal ended another. A penalty on offensive lineman Brandon Scherff forced a punt on another, and Jamal Agnew lost a fumble ending another drive.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel across the pond to London for a “home” game against the Atlanta Falcons in Wembley Stadium.