While their record might suggest otherwise, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been improving their play in recent weeks.
In their last two games, the Jags were able to overcome the Tennessee Titans, and last week, they built an early lead against the Arizona Cardinals only to see it fade away in the second half. This time, however, it seems like the team, led by Gus Bradley, learned their lesson and defeated the Houston Texans by a mere 13-6 score.
For the third straight game, the Jaguars scored on their opening drive thanks to a TD run from Maurice Jones-Drew, but that was all the offense they were able to generate. Chad Henne was, once again, unable to find the end zone, but he did a nice job moving the ball, as he threw 23-of-32 passes for 239 yards.
Most of the Jaguars’ points arrived thanks to Josh Scobee, who scored his two FG attempts and also notched an extra point to end the game with seven of the 13 points scored by the team today.
The biggest asset today was the play of the Jaguars’ defensive line throughout the whole game. Knowing they didn’t have a wide margin on the scoreboard, the secondary stepped their level of play to a level unseen this season that bodes well for the future of the franchise. It helped a lot that Case Keenum was fairly inaccurate and that the Texans only had 77 rushing yards, but most of that can be accredited to a defensive line anchored by Paul Posluszny and Jonathan Cyprien.
A win is a win, and the Jaguars will surely take this, as they fully deserved it. Despite the low scoring output, it’s refreshing to see the Jaguars constantly improving, and most importantly, it bodes well for the future to see that this team has been able to learn from their early season mistakes.