68 degrees, clear skies
Key Coaching Decision #1: (Jaguars lead 14-0/Kickoff from 50 yard line/14:45 Q2)
- Having just scored to go up 14-0, the Jaguars were able to kick off from the 50 due to a personal foul committed by the Texans on the extra point. They executed an excellent pooch kick that pinned the ball at the 10-yard line. Houston goes three-and-out after first giving up a touchdown on a strip sack that was overturned in review. We credit the Jaguars play calling in this instance for taking advantage of field position instead of kicking a touchback.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (Texans trail 24-0/1st & 10 HOU 25/0:53 Q2)
- Texans got the ball back after giving up a field goal. There were only 53 seconds left in the half and Bill O’Brien’s team has been struggling. Instead of looking to run some clock in order to get to halftime and rework strategy, the Texans called three pass plays that all turned up incomplete. They were forced to punt the ball back after only taking 11 seconds off the clock. Jacksonville got the ball and immediately drove down for a touchdown, putting the game at 31-0 going into the half. We feel better play calling and game clock management should have been used by the Texans in this situation.
- Texans were flagged for a false start as the play clock expired on their first 3rd down of the game. Showed some issue with play calling and game clock management here.
- Jaguars put together good drives at the end of the half, and generally were strong on game clock management through the day. Jacksonville was flagged for a Delay of Game in the second, but generally sharp in this area.
- Texans had burned two of their timeouts early in the 3rd. Poor game clock management here.