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Week 17 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 6, Houston Texans 30

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Jacksonville Jaguars

This game was a complete and utter mess on the offensive side of the ball for the Jaguars. Their OL was allowing pressure on nearly every pass play and that lead to 8 sacks and several fumbles and swatted passes. The offense couldnít get into any kind of rhythm passing or throwing the ball, and when they did show some sliver of life they shot themselves back in the foot and that sliver disappeared, for good.

Houston Texans

- Nate Washington left the game after injuring his hip trying to block downfield. he only had one reception to that point for six yards. - Cecil Shorts III said he is returning for the playoffs after the game from a hamstring injury that has kept him out the past few games. - Keith Mumphery got some snaps with injuries to Washington, he struggled. Had three targets and dropped two of them that were catchable footballs.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 32 - 239 - 0 TD / 2 INT
Bortles had one of his roughest performances of the season. The constant pressure and hits he was absorbing clearly got to his mental state during the game, as he began to press more and more each time the Jaguars got the ball. He showed some nice flashes of being able to avoid pressure and create positive plays in chaos but ultimately it was too much for him to overcome. Outside of a few chunk plays he was largely inaccurate or late on getting the ball out. He committed 3 turnovers. 1 fumble after being sacked and 2 INTs, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and the other at the end of the first half. Really the only positive plays that came out of his performance was when he forced the ball to Allen Robinson.

RB Denard Robinson, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Denard had his 3rd consecutive rough game and eventually lost carries to Jonas Gray, who was picked up from off the street a few weeks ago. Denard was ineffective when carrying the ball due to a lack of vision and some passive running though the blocking did him no favors. Ultimately the nail in the coffin for Denard was a fumble, his 4th in his last 30 carries.

WR Allen Robinson, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 108 - 0 (9 targets)
Robinson is probably the only Jaguars offensive player who played an even above average game. He showed good precision on routes and was able to haul in several difficult passes. It got to the point where Bortles was blatantly forcing him the ball, something that everyone watching and participating in the game noticed. He almost made a terrific catch along the left sideline but was hit low by the safety as he extended for the ball. His biggest impact was getting yards after the catch, becoming an outlet for Bortles on several scramble drills and turning them into big plays.

WR Marqise Lee, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (6 targets)
Like Hurns, Lee didnít really get much of a chance to make plays due to the lack of execution by the OL and Bortles, and the fact that Robinson was seeing the lion's share of the viable targets. He turned one Bortles pass into a sizeable gain due to ability after the catch, but it was a quiet day outside of that.

WR Allen Hurns, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (5 targets)
Hurns had a fairly quiet day due to the lack of effectiveness of the offense as a whole. He saw a few short targets he was able to haul in but the only target over 10 yards that he had a real chance at was ultimately an incomplete because the DB made a good play on the ball. Hurns didnít play good or bad but was a prisoner of the circumstances.

WR Rashad Greene, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Greene was a nonfactor in the passing game, with his only reception coming on a screen pass. He did have a few nice punt returns, including a 20-yard return. This kind of performance really defines what kind of season it has been for Greene. An afterthought at times as a WR, but still makes an impact due to his ability on Special Teams.

TE Julius Thomas, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (6 targets)
Thomas didnít see many targets and left the game at one point due to injury. The targets he did see were of the short-yardage variety though he had one bad drop on a 3rd down that would have been enough to convert for a first down.

Houston Texans

QB Brian Hoyer, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 40 - 249 - 1 TD / 1 INT
It was Brian Hoyerís first game since sitting out the past two games recovering from a concussion. Hoyer was feeling pressure that was not there early in the game but he settled in and did work underneath all day. He attempted only one pass over 20 yards but it was an uncatchable ball intended for DeAndre Hopkins that carried him out of bounds. Hoyer threw a much better football that allowed he receivers get some catch and runs in and Jaelen Strong was a firm example of this. Hoyer had simple throws under five yards that turned into solid gains due to his skill players making defenders miss. Hoyer did have an interception on a high pass to Hopkins that he reached up and tipped that fell into a Jaguars defenders hands. His longest throw of the day came on a crossing route he hit Hopkins on for 20 yards on a play action pass. Hoyer looked solid and threw some big passes when needed and helped the Texans reach the AFC South title.

RB Alfred Blue, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 102 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)
One thing is for sure, Alfred Blue is not going to get style points for the way he runs. Blue had 11 runs attempts on first down, five of those runs went for first downs (11,11,12,12,12) and he had a 65 yard run wiped out due to a holding call. Blue averaged 4.9 yards a rush and his success on 1st down was the difference. Blue had one reception for two yards, but the offense seems to click better when Blue is getting his carries. His patience was the key and he had some strong run where he finished through Jaguar defenders by running through their arm tackles. Blue did not score on the day but he did enough to set up the offense in good position to put point on the board.

RB Jonathan Grimes, 22 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 1, Rec: 4 - 28 - 1 (5 targets)
It was another typical day for Jonathan Grimes, eight total touches but he was rewarded with two touchdowns in the process. Grimes got the scoring started for the Texans when he took as two yard catch in the flats and turned it up field for a 12 yard touchdown. He also had a draw play on the three yard line for a touchdown marking his second score of the day. Grimes also had his longest run of the day for 11 yards on a simple zone play that saw him get by the first Jaguars defender to get into the second level. Grimes even got a pass attempt out of the wildcat but it was run to the short side of the field in the end zone to C.J. Fiedrowicz and the Texans ran out of room. Grimes had a solid day and it started with him being efficient inside the red zone.

RB Akeem Hunt, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 28 - 0, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (3 targets)
The rookie back has cut himself a niche in the Texans offense and Akeem Hunt is proving to be a big play threat with the offense. Hunt had five touches on the day and averaged 13.8 yards a touch. He had a 55 yard reception negated because he did not get set prior to catching the tunnel screen. Hunt had a 27 yard screen pass, that is one of the few run successful this season, that flipped the field for the Texans. Hunt had a 25 yard run where he used his quickness to make people miss and break down a safety in the middle of the field to end a nice run. Hunt has big play capability and he is tapping into that with the chances he has been getting over the past month.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 76 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 89 - 0 (12 targets)
It was a solid work day for DeAndre Hopkins with seven receptions. He was only targeted once more than 20 yards where he ended up catching the pass but unable to tap two feet in. There was also another target for Hopkins that should have drew a flag inside the five yard line on what looked like an pass interference. Hopkins worked under 10 yards and racked up the underneath stop routes continuously for 13 yards twice and 10 yards on easy pitch and catches. Hopkins longest reception came on a placation roll out where Hoyer hit him for 20 yard gain on a crossing route. The Jaguars did a good job of keeping him getting deep but Hopkins did what he had to do to get open. He took what was given and racked up catches and yards on simple plays. There were not many chances for Hopkins in the end zone for targets but he is still the go-to player for the offense through the air.

WR Jaelen Strong, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 56 - 0 (7 targets)
Talk about waiting your turn and that is what Jaelen Strong has done to get on the field for the Texans. When he touches the football good things happen. He turned a simple two yard reception in the flats into a 20 yard gain eating up yards making defenders miss. He did that in two more receptions of 9 and 11 yards that resulted in a way reception and he had some yards after the catch. Strong has put the work in to make him a viable player in either the slot or as a split out receiver. His catch and runs made some key first downs to extend the drive. It will be interesting to see how Strong fits into the offense if everyone is healthy but he has proved he can be an important piece of the offense.

TE Ryan Griffin, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (3 targets)
Griffin has struggled catching the football since coming back from his knee injury but that was put to rest against the Jaguars. Griffin showed his hands on tough passes thrown in one on one coverage. He has a three receptions where he had to extend using his hands where the ball was placed where he could only catch it. Receptions of 7 and 8 yards helped the Texans move the chains but he had a nice 12 yard reception in the middle of the field beating one on one coverage to extend a drive.