The pregame prescription for the Texans called for a win of any kind. In the end, they got themselves off the mat, stood tall and made strides in getting some important things corrected they'll need as they claw their way back toward .500.
It was a week of seismic change. There wasn't time to change scheme and personnel. But there was time to refocus and hone in on what was important.
Houston needed to run the ball better. It wasn't the onslaught they were hoping for but there were some key gashes as David Johnson got close to 100 yards.
Deshaun Watson had been throwing for good yardage totals. But the Texans had trailed too often this year. This time, with the lead, and needing to add to it, they kept answering and scoring, on the way to their biggest offensive point total in a year.
Brandin Cooks was looking for a big game. He had his best in four years. And the defense was aiming for key stops and its first takeaways. The ball came out twice, setting up a late scoring opportunity and thwarting an early Jaguar threat.
Sunday's first win wasn't exactly Canton-ready. But it was a huge step in a positive direction for a franchise that badly needed it. There's plenty to get better at. But no winning streak can begin without the first victory and the Texans are striving to keep improving as they are in a stretch of three out of four games in the division.
Houston took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. But Jacksonville struck back with a 75 yard drive, delivering a message that it would not be a Sunday stroll.
After the first takeaway of the season, the team marched 90 yards and retook the lead for good. Not that it was easy. The Jags kept the pressure on with their offense. And the Texans had to keep punching back.
Watson shook off two picks to throw three touchdown passes. He spread the ball around and made some key runs as well. He'll need to be at his best as the team visits Tennessee next week.
That game looms large. A win would be a declaration that the Texans are very much in the division race with a lot of season left.
They most important thing about Sunday's win was that the Texans finally broke their losing streak and proved they could win with Romeo Crenel at the helm. They bounced back big and now look to keep the momentum going.
Houston Texans players take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL Season.