There was some mystery leading into the Texans' opener – How would number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence look? Would Urban Meyer throw some unpredictable wrinkles into Jacksonville's strategy? Would I get to say "Rock and Roll?"
As far as the Texans went, they kept on doing much of what we've been noticing throughout camp and the preseason games. Houston ran the ball with determination, created turnovers and rode the shoulders of its veterans to a rousing 37-21 victory to start the season. The game served as a testament to everything the team had been working on.
QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 291 yards and two TD passes and helped the attack convert 57% of its third downs en route to a 37 point output, the most they've ever scored on opening day. The Texans ran for 160 yards. It wasn't through huge chunk plays but big enough bites in the Jags' defense to hold the ball for 35 minutes.
RB Mark Ingram II gained 85 hard-earned yards and a TD to lead all the backs. WR Brandin Cooks showed why he's an elite receiver, catching five passes for 132 yards, including two deep balls to set up scores. The offense was diverse as Taylor found 10 different pass catchers, keeping the defense guessing.
Taylor also had the longest run of the day with a 29 yarder. The balance on offense was a credit to Tim Kelly's commitment to the run. The yards per carry number was below four but the play selection made Jacksonville have to respect the ground game and gave Taylor a chance to read the defense and spread the ball around.
The Houston defense got their takeaway machine rolling again with three interceptions. After having only nine last season they are off to a great start. Lawrence made some good throws but saw plenty of pressure and was sacked once on his way to an afternoon that looked better on the stat sheet, thanks to a backdoor late drive that cut the margin to 16. The Jags ran the ball only 16 times for 76 yards.
Special teams did the job as P Cameron Johnston had a smooth debut and K Joey Slye hit three field goals, filling in for Ka'imi Fairbairn who's on injured reserve for a few weeks.
It's only one week but it was the kind of start the Texans needed. They successfully displayed the results of their offseason efforts. Now it's time to take the show on the road and face a tough Cleveland team that's eager to win at home.
And yes, I did get to say Rock and Roll.
Check out the best photos as the Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium.