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Week 15 Game Recap: Houston Texans 7, Jacksonville Jaguars 45

What you need to know

Houston Texans

Lamar Miller is dealing with a knee injury, so his status is something to watch moving forward.

DeAndre Hopkins is dealing with what is called “Sand Toe,” an injury to the top of his toe. Intentions are to monitor him during the week to get him ready to play. Still something to watch moving forward.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars offense was missing three key pieces for the matchup with the Texans, with Allen Hurns and Leonard Fournette as injury scratches and with Marqise Lee leaving the game early with an ankle injury. This did not matter, though, as Blake Bortles continued the best stretch of his career and used the limited weapons at his disposal to shred the Texans defense for three quarters, before the starters were pulled for the fourth.

Houston Texans

QB T.J. Yates, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 31 - 128 - 1 TD / 1 INT
It was a complete disaster for T.j. Yates and offense throwing for 128 yards for 1 touchdowns and 1 interception. Yates struggled with reads and the offensive line did not help with protections. Yates targeted Hopkins plenty of times during the game and hit him 4 times for 80 yards. His only touchdown came on a 25 yard touchdown strike on a solid vertical route that hit him in stride. Outside of Will Fuller getting five receptions for 44 yards, Yates struggled all game to make a difference.

RB Alfred Blue, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 55 - 0 (1 targets)
The Texan had to turn to Alfred Blue int he running game and he rushed for 55 yards on the day and all of his yards came on hard earned plays. His longest run was only 7 yards and he was targeted once in the passing game. The Texans running game depended on Blue with Miller’s knee issue.

RB Lamar Miller, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 32 - 0, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (4 targets)
The Texans couldn’t run the ball and dealing with a knee injury, touches were limited with 11 for 33 yards. It was easily his worst output of the season but with the Jaguars defense there was not much going on offensively. Miller did have the longest run of the day for 11 yards but he wasn’t giving much in the passing game and was eventually giving snaps to Alfred Blue by the end of the game.

WR Will Fuller, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 44 - 0 (5 targets)
Fuller has become non-existent on being a vertical threat since the exit of Deshaun Watson. Fuller did have 5 receptions for 44 yards but they are all under neath routes with the Jaguars playing over the top in coverage. His longest reception was 15 yards on the day and he did not have a target over 20 yards on the day.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 80 - 1 (13 targets)
The one bright spot for the offense, Hopkins had 4 receptions on 80 yards for a touchdown. He was targeted 13 times but plenty of those were not catchable for Hopkins. His best catch came on a 25 yard touchdown reception over Jalen Ramsey. Also, he had a 40 yard reception on a nice move where he turned Ramsey for a solid reception. The production is still there for Hopkins and it is coming with volume targets.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 29 - 326 - 3 TD / 0 INT
Bortles, for the third week in a row, had one of the best games of his career. He was able to frequently escape pressure, either by rolling outside the pocket or by stepping up in the pocket, and had several downfield touch passes that gave Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook chances to make plays. His best throw came on a deep crosser to Cole, similar to last week against the Seahawks. He rolled to his left and used his vision to create leverage vs the defensive lineman. He then lofted an off balance pass down the field to Cole. The pass was just over the head of the defensive back and gave Cole more than enough room for yards after the catch. On each of Bortles theee touchdown passes, he showed good vision as a passer and made the right read. On his final touchdown of the game, to Keelan Cole, he read Cole breaking open in the middle of the end zone and completed the pass with velocity and accuracy.

RB Chris Ivory, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 42 - 0
Ivory has had a forgettable tenure as a Jaguar and this week only added to it. He got a number of chances to score at the goal line, but he is unable to convert short yardage situations due to his lack of explosiveness. Once he gets hit at the line, he will not do much more. He didn't have any long runs or even impressive runs on the day, either, despite running room. His vision and burst have declined and when the team had 4th-and-1 at the goal line, they opted to go with a fullback dive instead of handing it to Ivory.

RB Tommy Bohanon, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 2 - 2
Bohanon only had two carries but he turned each into a touchdown. He gets a ton of playing time, regardless of who the starting RB is, so he is always a threat to steal a TD.

WR Keelan Cole, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 186 - 1 (9 targets)
Cole dominated the Texans secondary with complete ease. He caught every deep target that came his way, a vast improvement from earlier in the season. He shows the vertical speed to beat defensive backs on go routes as well as the awareness and quickness to get consistent separation across the middle. He stepped up into the teams role for Marqise Lee once Lee went out of the game, and was even more productive than Lee has been. His touchdown, his third week in a row with a score, was due to excellent route running and a good release.

WR Jaydon Mickens, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 61 - 2 (5 targets)
Due to the injuries to the top 3 WRs on the Jaguars week 1 depth chart, Mickens, typically used as a dynamite punt returner only, got a ton of playing time. This resulted in his first two career receiving touchdowns. The first came on a bubble screen where he fought through a tackle at the goal line, while the second one showed terrific awareness as he broke free to the left side of the end zone after Bortles began to move out of the pocket.

WR Dede Westbrook, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)
Westbrook had a quiet game compared to Cole but he still showed a lot of the traits that have people excited about him. He once again showed an ability to pull in the tough catch, catching two contested passes in the game. He also drew two pass interferences in the end zone that would lead to Jaguar touchdowns. He has not been used as much as a deep threat as anticipated earlier, but he has done all of the little things well and continues to do so.

WR Marqise Lee, 11 offensive snaps
Lee left the game early with an ankle injury and was a non-factor