Texans edge past Jaguars to hand them ninth-straight loss
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Thanks to the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars now have nine straight losses and are 2-12 on the season. For three quarters, though, the Jags looked like they were going to come out on top.
Disappointing Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler threw two back-to-back interceptions early in the game, allowing Jacksonville to take a 13-0 lead. Osweiler completed 6-of-11 for 48 yards before getting pulled from the game. He was replaced by backup Tom Savage.
With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Savage led Houston on a 40-yard scoring drive with back-to-back passes to Ryan Griffin and DeAndre Hopkins. Nick Novak – who was a perfect 4-of-4 on Sunday – made a field goal to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 13-5 at the half.
With 2:51 left in the game, the Texans finally pulled ahead. Savage completed passes to Will Fuller, Ryan Griffin, and Lamar Miller. Miller’s touchdown run gave Houston the one-point lead they needed to win and improve to 8-6 on the season.
Following the game, the Jaguars fired head coach Gus Bradley – the second coach to be fired this season (Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams was fired last week). This really isn’t surprising, considering Bradley has gone 14-48 over four seasons with the Jags. This loss made nine in a row this season, the worst in franchise history.
Now, the question that remains for the Texans is: Will Osweiler start again? And if not, will the Texans let him go?
The Texans host the Cincinnati Bengals for a Christmas Eve game. At noon that same day, the Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans.