The Trevor Lawrence led Jacksonville Jaguars put up one hell of a fight against the Houston Texans. The Jacksonville Jaguars had a controversial game against the Indianapolis Colts in week 2, but they were able to keep the power on long enough for this game to last. Trevor Lawrence completed 21 of his 28 passes for 414 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He connected with five of his receivers but former Bronco standout Albert O was his favorite target. Albert O led the Jaguar receivers with 8 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. The Texans allowed the Jaguar offense to march up and down the field but they were able to hold former first round draft pick Travis Etienne to under 100 yards rushing. The Texans and the Jaguars were able to combine for 900 total yards on offense and in a game where so much offense took place, the winner came down to which defense could force the most mistakes. The Houston Texans were able to edge out the Jaguars with a 52-37 victory and the biggest takeaway was the way both teams handled themselves in the redzone. The Texans converted all three times when they reached the redzone whereas the Jaguars were only able to convert two of their four trips into points and it ultimately led to their downfall.
Drew Lock completed 21 of his 25 passes and had a remarkable 84% completion rate. Drew Lock connected with seven different Texan receivers and four players caught 4 passes. Chase Claypool scored his first touchdown as a Texan and he led all receivers with 114 yards. The Texans offense has been rolling on all cylinders when their passing attack and their rushing attack are both able to keep the defense guessing and the Jacksonville Jaguars were as confused in this game as they were when the stadium experienced a power surge and blacked out in their game against the Colts. Javian Hawkins rushed for over 150 yards and punched two touchdowns into the endzone. He also broke five tackles in the process. The Texans were not able to keep the Jaguar offense off the field but when push came to shove, they were able to force multiple turnovers and a household name continues to prove why trading for him was one of the best decisions the Texans made this past off-season.
Justin Reid has grown more than any other player on the Houston Texan defense since the start of the madden cycle. He is the Houston Texans highest rated player, the league’s best coverage free safety, and a play maker who shows up each week. He had three solo tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown against the Jaguars. Newly acquired Devin Bush has also impressed in his first three games as a Texan. He had four solo tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble against the Jaguars. Devin Bush is a huge hitter that is always lurking the middle of the field awaiting for ball carriers to cross his path. Jacob Martin has also been one of the best young pass rushers in the league and the Texans have been developing him from the beginning. He had two solo tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown. He was in the Jaguar backfield on almost every drop back. The Texans are 3-0 this season and in week four are matched up against another 3-0 team in the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts are coming off huge victories against the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers. This match-up pits two of the league’s best running backs against each other. Javian Hawkins and Jonathan Taylor are both former PML MVPs and both players are stars in their own offense. This game will come down to which team can get their superstar running back going and which team tries to get cute instead of sticking with what they do best. The Texans were able to sweep the Colts in both of their games last season, but the Colts finished the season better than the Texans did. The early season predictions have the Colts winning the AFC South this season and this game will be one to watch and could be a predictor for which team will win the division.