Remember how it took the Jaguars two months to score their first touchdown at home this season? Well, Houston let them do it tonight with one 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Chad Henne touchdown throw to Marcedes Lewis.
A few possessions exchange then Henne hit Marcedes again on a big completion from deep on the Jacksonville end of the field for 41 yards. A few plays later, Henne found Cecil Shorts in the end zone to give the Jaguars their largest and first 14-point lead of the season.
At that point, Gus Bradley was about as elated as a football coach will look.
Just before the half, the Houston offense pulled its head out of its ass just in time for a 12-play, 91-yard drive that took up seven minutes before Case Keenum found a very open Keshawn Martin in the end zone to cut the Jacksonville lead to 14-7.
Roughly a full two minutes remained on the clock after the score, the Jaguars decided they’d had enough offense for a half and produced a quick three-and-out. That seemed to set up the Texans with a chance to cut the lead even further before half. Then Case Keenum threw a horrible interception.
Cecil Short got behind the coverage on the ensuring Jacksonville possession but Chad Henne overthrew a sure touchdown and we were harshly reminded that this is Texans-Jaguars. The game just started getting as sloppy as promised when the Texans appeared to have a stop, but were penalized for taunting as the Jags were walking off the field Eventually the Texans 10 penalties of the half were enough to help the Jaguars into field goal range, where Josh Scobee hit a 49-yarder to make it 17-7 at the break.