Watson showed potential Sunday, targeting DeAndre Hopkins often and displaying mobility behind a poor offensive line that was without starting left tackle Duane Brown.
For the Houston Texans' first regular season game on Sunday, Watt emerged last from the tunnel onto the field when the team announced its defensive players, resulting in cheers from the crowd at the city's NGR Stadium. Here's the latest Texans vs. Jaguars game recap including top players, stats, a standings update, and what's coming up next for these teams.
The Jaguars drafted Fournette fourth overall after a three-year career at LSU in which he ran for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns.
-Fournette enjoyed a lively debut, pummeling a couple would-be tacklers while providing the Jaguars the offensive balance they sought to alleviate pressure on the turnover-prone Bortles. Savage was 7-of-13 for 62 yards without a touchdown or an interception, while Watson was 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Signing Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye in the offseason, plus with the development of Myles Jack, Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue, the expectations were that the Jaguars defense would control the tempo of the game and field position. Fournette made much of his yardage after contact, slipping the grasp of three-time National Football League defensive player of the year J.J. Watt.
"We've been a physical defense for years since I've been here and I think it will be no different going forward", Joseph said.
Fournette carried 17 times for 56 yards in the first half, and carried only three times in the third quarter. Jacksonville took a 19-0 lead after two quarters of play. With a short week, the Texans might decide that he's not healthy enough to go out there and play. Defensively, the Jaguars are yielding 16.8 points and 338.2 total yards, 234.5 in passing and 103.8 in rushing per game. The Jacksonville defense clearly played a huge role in helping take this team to an undefeated start to their season.
Perhaps the Jaguars' rousing 29-7 victory was all part of the insane master plan, once you consider the oddities of what transpired.
A person familiar with the situation said that Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener. The Tennessee Titans will come to town next Sunday and the game will go a long way in establishing the Jaguars as division contenders.