Jacksonville Jaguars Defense Squanders Another Second Half Lead
There have not been many positives to talk about when it comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, but the offense gave fans something to be excited about in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
Unfortunately, the abominable performance by the Jaguars defense was the story of the game.
The Jaguars defense allowed a franchise record 640 yards and 39 first downs and allowed the Texans to erase a 34-20 deficit in the fourth quarter and eventually lost on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson. Both Schaub and Johnson had monster games against a Jaguars secondary that offered absolutely no resistance. Schaub had 527 passing yards on 43-of-55 passing and Johnson caught 14 of those passes for 273 yards.
This was the third time this season the Jaguars defense has blown a second half lead and been forced into overtime. The Jaguars have ended up losing all three of those games this season and now hold a 1-9 overall.
The Jaguars defense held their own against Texans running back Arian Foster, holding him to only 77 yards on 28 carries. They also forced two turnovers and got two sacks from defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, but the back seven looked absolutely lost when it came to stopping the pass.
The Texans offense had a field day against the zone coverage schemes that the Jaguars defense employed, especially a big hole the Jaguars defense was leaving over the short middle of the field that allowed the Texans tight ends to rack up 17 total catches. The Jaguars defense was so scared of getting beat by the big play that they allowed themselves to get beat underneath the entire game.
In the end, it was just another disappointing chapter in the disappointing season of the Jaguars. This Jaguars franchise has the stink of losing all over it and it is going to take drastic measures to turn this franchise around.