"Obviously, we didn't execute worth a darn offensively," Kubiak said after the game. "Defensively, we are on the field pretty much the whole football game. We battled our tails off. We can always do things better but offensively, we just executed extremely poorly on some of the simple things that you have to go do to be successful. We didn't do them very well."
The Texans struggled to find the endzone against its 1-9 division rival, putting up just two field goals. Jacksonville took an early 7-0 lead after a one-yard touchdown run by Maurice Jones-Drew.
"I'm frustrated right now," Keenum said. "I am very disappointed in myself because not only for me, but for letting eveyrone down in that locker room. You can turn on the film and I'm going to go watch it, but we had guys open. We had the right play calls, and I didn't hit them, I didn't see them, I didn't make the plays, and I think this one is very disappointing because I was a big part of that loss."
Jones-Drew had his best game of the year for Jacksonville, with 14 carries for 84 yards and one touchdown. He was also heavily involved in the passing game, making six catches for 60 yards.
"Houston kind of played a little more zone than what we thought they were going to play and we were able to get the ball down to the back," Jones-Drew said. "We were also able to take shots as well so we can get the backs involved."
Chad Henne was 23-of-32 for 239 passing. Cecil Shorts led the receivers with 8 catches for 71 yards.
“We knew we were giving our guys one-on-one matchups at times and they’re a good defensive front," Henne said. "You just have to sit in there and sometimes you’re going to get hit and sometimes you’re not, but overall the offensive line did a good job. For the most part we got the ball out on time and really fought through and did really well.”
Houston’s offensive struggles in the second-half of games became a first-half problem against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans were unable to gain momentum, punting on their first five-straight possessions and ending the first half with just four net passing yards and seven yards rushing.
On the first play of the game,
It would be a dismal start for the Texans offense. On Houston's first drive, Case Keenum was sacked by Andre Branch for a loss of 19 yards. It ended Houston’s drive at six plays for six yards. Houston punted on all three possessions in the first quarter.
The Jaguars extended their lead with a 30-yard Josh Scobee field goal. Jacksonville led 10-0 with 7:57 remaining in the second quarter.
Keenum moved the offense 83 yards on the first drive to start the second half. Tight end
Jacksonville’s next drive was kept alive with a roughing the passer penalty on third-and-ten. Antonio Smith’s hit on Henne extended the drive to set up another Scobee field goal attempt. Watt blocked the 49-yarder and
Keenum and the offense took over at the Jaguars’ 49-yard line but the field position would not be enough as the drive ended on a failed fourth-and-one. Houston called for a red flag challenge but the spot would stand and Jacksonville took over at its 40-yard line.
Scobee’s third attempt, a 53-yarder, was successful and extended the Jaguars’ lead to a touchdown. Houston trailed 13-6 with 6:44 remaining in the game.
With less than two minutes remaining, the Texans had a final chance to get their third win of the season. Keenum, in a hurry-up offense, connected with Johnson on a 21-yard catch and was able to move the ball 39 yards after seven plays. A pass intended for
"I never imagined losing 9-straight, especially with the team that we have assembled with this group of men here,"
Defensive leaders for Houston included Watt who blocked his second field goal this season and logged one sack on Henne. Watt also led the defense with nine tackles.
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- Andre Johnson extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 112 and his franchise record or games played to 149
- Rookie Dennis Johnson had career-long rush for 29 yards.