There’s weeks when the Jacksonville Jaguars show glimpses of why they are a team to watch in the AFC South; as of late, they haven’t shown much as they are in a slump. Enter the Houston Texans as they took on the Jaguars Monday night. Jacksonville had plenty of offense against Houston; unfortunately for them, turnovers were to become their undoing as they turned the ball over three times while the Texans’ Steve Slaton ran for 130 yards and 2 scores and defensive end Mari9o Williams recorded 3 sacks, leading Houston to a convicing 30-17 victory over Jacksonville in the Texans’ debut on Monday Night Football.
The Jaguars’ offensive slumber took place in the first half as they only had one real chance to score, but kicker Josh Scobee’s 29-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. Meanwhile, Houston’s scoring in the first half was courtesy of a Sage Rosenfels 31-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson and a 38-yard FG by Kris Brown, giving the Texans a 10-0 halftime lead. The third period was an exchange of field goals by both teams which would allow Houston to take a sizable 16-3 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final period may as well have been renamed the Steve Slaton Show as he ran for a pair of touchdowns; Jacksonville made the score a bit more respectable as they managed a pair of touchdowns – a 4-yard run by Fred Taylor and a David Garrard-to-Reggie Williams TD pass which would bring the Texans an insurmountable 30-17 lead and victory.
Rosenfels was just mediocre in his effort as he went 14-of-24 for 200 yards with a TD and an interception while Garrard went 25-for-35 for 287 yards with a TD and an INT. Slaton impressed for the Texans as he ran for 130 yards and two scores while catching 2 balls for 52 yards; Taylor led the Jaguars rushing attack with 67 yards and a TD while Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 49 yards on 12 carries.
Johnson led the Texans receivers with 7 receptions for 75 yards and a TD; Matt Jones led the Jaguars wideouts with 8 receptions for 104 yards while Williams caught 5 balls for 55 yards and a score. Houston (5-7) plays again on Sunday when they travel to Green bay to take on the Packers while Jacksonville (4-8) goes to Chicago to face the Bears – also on Sunday.