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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Houston Texans have made the transition from a doormat team to a playoff contender in Bill O’brien’s second year as head football coach of the Texans. The team finished with a 9-7 record and are the AFC South division champions after beating the Jaguars 30-6. The Jaguars had a chance to show that they could be the future of the AFC South with young star quarterback Blake Bortles. Yet it was the Texans who proved they are the team who will control this division from here on out. Houston was able to win this game with solid pressure upfront on Blake Bortles. The recipe for beating any talented quarterback is getting a good pass rush. The Texans were able to sack Bortles 8 times in the game completely eliminating any chance for success from the Jaguars quarterback position. JJ Watt led that defensive surge with 8 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 tackles for losses. Showing why is he the best player on the planet still defensively. Watt finished the regular season with 17.5 sacks on the season. That was despite the fact that he was playing with a cast on his left hand for a portion of the season. Outside of Watt, Whitney Mercilus was a big factor for the Texans defense. He recorded 5 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the day. Offensively Alfred Blue rushed for a 102 yards on the ground for the Texans offense. While DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 7 receptions for 89 yards receiving. For the Jaguars Allen Robinson had a big day finishing with 5 receptions for 108 yards. While Johnathan Cyprien finished with 14 total tackles for the Jaguars defense. Bortles finished the day with 239 yards passing yards no touchdowns and two interceptions. Compared to Brian Hoyer for the Texans. Who finished the day with 249 passing yards a touchdown and 1 interception. The Texans will continue their season Sunday against the Chiefs in a wildcard match up. Kick-off is slated for 4:35 P.M.
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