8:25 PM ET, December 5, 2013
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Jaguars win first home game in year-plus, hand Texans 11th loss in row
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have gone from the worst team in the NFL to the hottest team in the AFC.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight -- their fourth victory in five games since a bye -- and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley. They have the longest winning streak in the AFC.
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"Four out of five, yeah, you're feeling good," Henne said.
Jacksonville also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
"Our guys just really believe," Bradley said. "The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we're doing. We're a young team that's learning how to do this."
Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.
"It's been a gut-wrenching experience," said Kubiak, whose team has lost eight games by seven points or less. "We've been in so many close games."
Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub's pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville's first series sweep since 2009.
Schaub came off the bench and carved up Jacksonville's secondary in the second half.
He replaced starter Case Keenum late in the third quarter and led the team to a touchdown and a field goal in his first two possessions. The Texans were in the red zone again but failed to convert a fourth-down play with 3:37 remaining. Jacksonville picked up a huge first down that flipped the field -- not surprising, it came on a penalty -- but punted.
Hayes picked off Schaub's next pass, a floater over the middle.
The Jaguars milked the clock from there, and Josh Scobee's 39-yard field goal provided some insurance. The Texans had one more chance -- they needed to go 77 yards in 20 seconds and without a timeout -- but Schaub was sacked to end the game.
Jacksonville players ran on the field to celebrate.
"For what they've gone through and to stick to it and have some results go their way, it's pretty cool," Bradley said. "Our team continues to show that they're sticking to it, believing and making plays at critical times."
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Schaub completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Andre Johnson caught 13 passes for 154 yards.
Still, the Texans walked off the field with an all-too-familiar feeling.
Turnovers were a problem again for Kubiak's team. Penalties were an even bigger problem.
Houston was flagged 14 times for a team-record 177 yards -- many of them extending drives.
"They were huge penalties," Kubiak said. "That's on me. It's ridiculous. It's inexcusable. It can't happen."
Jacksonville's opponents might want to start expecting trick plays.
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch dialed up a double pass that led to a score and a 24-10 lead in the third quarter. Henne threw behind the line of scrimmage to receiver Ace Sanders, who then heaved a deep ball across the field to running back Todman.
No defender was near Todman as he camped under Sanders' throw. Rookie D.J. Swearinger pushed Todman just as he hauled in the 21-yard TD reception.
It was the second consecutive week a non-quarterback threw a TD pass for Jacksonville. Maurice Jones-Drew tossed an 8-yard score to former college teammate Marcedes Lewis in a 32-28 win at Cleveland last week.
Sanders and Jones-Drew now have as many TD passes this season as benched Jaguars starter Blaine Gabbert.
Henne completed 12 of 27 passes for 117 yards. He hooked up with Lewis for a 1-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and found Cecil Shorts III for a 6-yarder in the second.
The Jaguars took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for the team's fourth opening-drive touchdown in its last five games.
Houston punted on its first three possessions, creating more momentum for the home team.
Henne's second TD pass gave Jacksonville its largest lead (14 points) of the season. Henne hit Shorts out of bounds on a second-down play, but went right back to his leading receiver on the next snap. Shorts beat Johnathan Joseph on a quick out.
Jones-Drew carried 14 times for a season-high 103 yards. He left the game late in the fourth with a hamstring injury, but said he would be fine.
The Jaguars are enjoying a modest turnaround after starting the season 0-8. Two victories came against Houston, including a 13-6 punt-fest 11 days ago.
"It's been amazing," Jones-Drew said. "Gus has done a great job."
The Texans managed a season-low 218 yards in that one, prompting some players to apologies to the city. Johnson called it the "lowest point" of his 11-year career.
What will they say now?
Another loss surely will increase the possibility of changes in Houston, which improved its chances of landing the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Jaguars S Chris Prosinski (head) left the game and did not return. ... Scobee is 19 of 21 on field goals this season, getting one blocked and missing a 60-yarder. ... Texans were 2 for 5 in the red zone, continuing a season-long trend.
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman #30 warms up before the game...(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||4.9|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-5||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||08:48||Marcedes Lewis 1 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick)||0||7|
|TD||13:41||Cecil Shorts III 6 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick)||0||14|
|TD||01:53||Keshawn Martin 8 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Randy Bullock Kick)||7||14|
|FG||00:03||Josh Scobee 40 Yd||7||17|
|FG||08:29||Randy Bullock 34 Yd||10||17|
|TD||06:12||Jordan Todman 21 Yd Pass From Ace Sanders (Josh Scobee Kick)||10||24|
|TD||01:08||Garrett Graham 5 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Randy Bullock Kick)||17||24|
|FG||11:31||Randy Bullock 31 Yd||20||24|
|FG||00:25||Josh Scobee 39 Yd||20||27|
Andre Johnson was targeted a career-high 21 times Thursday, the second-most targets for any player in a single game this season (Vincent Jackson - 22 in Week 7 against the Falcons). Johnson was more effective after Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum in the third quarter. --Case Keenum was 3-for-11 for 43 yards and an interception when under duress Thursday, including 0-for-3 with an interception when targeting Andre Johnson. Keenum has completed 36.1% of his passes when under pressure this season, 29th out of 36 qualified quarterbacks.[+]
- Ace Sanders' 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Todman is the longest touchdown pass by a non-quarterback this season. Thursday was the second straight game a non-quarterback has thrown a touchdown for the Jaguars. The rest of the league has a combined three such touchdowns. - Through their first eight games, the Jaguars scored a touchdown on an NFL-worst 25.0% of their trips to the red zone. The Jaguars scored a touchdown on both of their red zone trips Thursday, and have scored a touchdown on eight of their 12 red zone trips (66.7%) since their Week 9 bye, tied for the second-highest rate in the league over that span. - The Texans accumulated 177 penalty yards Thursday, the most by a team in a single game since 2001.
Maurice Jones-Drew had 14 rushes for 103 yards Thursday, his first 100-yard game since Week 3 of last season against the Colts. Jones-Drew did most of his damage between the tackles, with season highs in yards (98) and yards per rush (8.2) on such attempts. Coming into the game, Jones-Drew had averaged 3.0 yards per rush between the tackles, 41st out of 46 qualified running backs.
Chad Henne completed 7-of-10 passes for 49 yards against five or more pass rushers Thursday, including both of his touchdowns. Henne has been effective against added pressure in both matchups against the Texans this season. -- The Texans have allowed 15 passing touchdowns when sending five or more pass rushers this season, tied with the Cardinals for most in the league.[+]
Chad Henne Passing vs 5 or More Pass Rushers, This Season
The Jaguars went 80 yards for a TD on their opening drive. They entered the game with 5 TD drives of at least 80 yards this season (t-fewest in NFL).
Maurice Jones-Drew: 1st 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 last season (177 at Colts)
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