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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Everyone was speculating this off-season whether the Jacksonville Jaguars could become the team they are capable of being and the Jags proved they could by dominating the Texans 29-7 in the opener. Newly acquired Defensive End Calais Campbell had 4 sacks for the Jacksonville defense and Houston’s offense line were just outgunned all game long. Campbell also added 6 tackles on his monstrous day and when the veteran plays like this it really sets the tone for the Jaguars on the defensive front. That paves the way for guys like Myles Jack, who played out of his mind against the Texans registering 14 tackles in this contest. This youth movement the Jacksonville Jaguars have going on is finely panning out and that’s why guys like Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue are really elevating their play. There’s so many 2nd and 3rd year players all over this roster and the youthfulness of Jacksonville really gels together. We thought the Jaguars were going to unleash those abilities on the league in 2016, that didn’t happen. However this football team is 1-0 this year and there’s a ton of upset for Doug Marrone’s ball club. Leonard Fournette was spectacular as well in this match up, the rookie recorded 100 yards and 1 rushing touchdown on the ground. Fournette seemed to energize the Jags and that’s something this franchise was missing a season ago. Now with a running back who can help control the time of possession Jacksonville will be much more balanced. Finally it should be note that Deshaun Watson got in the game and scored a touchdown pass for the Texans. That one touchdown went to DeAndre Hopkins, who also had 55 receiving yards. Houston looked terrible on offense and will have a hard time this year with the current talent they have on offensive side of the ball. There’s just not enough playmakers to get it done especially at the wide receiver position. It’s been a couple years now that Houston has asked DeAndre Hopkins to handle the majority of their receiving game. The Texans desperately need another pass catcher so it’s easier to put points on the board. Bottom line though the Jags are trending upward and the Texans are not.
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