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Texans Dominate Jaguars

Surprise, surprise! I don’t think any of us saw this one coming.

I know I predicted earlier that the Texans will beat Jacksonville, but I didn’t think they would do it in such dominating fashion. That’s exactly what the 20-7 win in Jacksonville was this past Sunday.

In all areas of the game, the Texans were better than the Jaguars on Sunday. Whether it was offense, defense, and even special teams, the Texans outplayed Jacksonville on their home turf.

They even beat Jacksonville at their own game, which is dominating the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Texans handled the Jaguars in the running game while locking up their rushing attack, rushing for a total of 141 yards and allowing a total of 70. The Texans even manhandled the Jaguars in the pass rush, totaling 4 sacks and 9 QB hits to Jacksonville’s 1 sack and 5 QB hits. The Texans were able to add 3 turnovers to the Jaguars 0.

This was the most complete game that the Texans have played this season. They frustrated and were more physical than perhaps the most physical team in the NFL. For the first time this season, the Texans have sole ownership of first place in the AFC South after starting off 0-3. Most of us counted the Texans out, but after showing true grit as well as heart, the Texans put together a 4 game win streak.

Here are my Heroes of the Texans week 7 win.

Jadaveon Clowney

(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

Jadaveon Clowney played like a man possessed Sunday in Jacksonville. I was sure that they were going to change the name of the Jaguars stadium from the TIAA Bank Field to the Jadaveon Clowney estates. Clowney’s new home was located in the Jaguars backfield last Sunday, finishing with two sacks and 4 QB hits. Clowney has flashed dominance at times during the 2018 season. Hopefully he can continue to put it together and move into backfields consistently.

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the second quarter of an NFL football game at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Jacksonville. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

For the first time since the 2016 season, Lamar Miller has rushed for 100 yards in a game. He was responsible for 100 of the 141 total rushing yards in the Texans dominance against Jacksonville. He also scored his first rushing TD of the season as well. Miller being able to run the ball helped take so much needed pressure off of Deshaun Watson as well as neutralize the pass rush. If the Texans can continue to run the ball efficiently, expect the offense to be even more dangerous in the future.

The entire Offensive Line

Houston Texans center Greg Mancz (65) celebrates Lamar Miller's 5-yard touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of an NFL football game at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Jacksonville. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

I noted in my previous article that the chances of the Texans beating the Jaguars depended mainly on the performance of the offensive line. That’s why I will have to give my hero of week 7 to the entire offensive line.

After being annihilated versus the Bills last week, the Texans offensive line turned in a much better performance. Stated earlier, the Texans gave up just one sack the entire game. They were able to keep Deshaun Watson upright for most of the game as well as create lanes for Lamar Miller to run in. Can the offensive line continue to build off of this performance? We’ll have to see, but this week they have done a great job beating up on the Jaguars front 7.

Deandre Hopkins

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) beats Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) with q one-handed catch for a first down during the first quarter of an NFL football game at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Jacksonville. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

It’s only right to include the man who scored the only passing TD in week 7. Hopkins continue to show why he’s the best WR in the NFL. He finished with 3 catches, 50 yards and a TD against an all-pro CB. He didn’t have the best game today, but he was able to make plays when it mattered as well as draw penalties to continue drives.

Andre Hal

PHOTOS: Texans vs. Jaguars Houston Texans defensive back Andre Hal (29) runs off the field after the Texans 20-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Jacksonville. Browse through the photos to see action from the Texans' win over the Jaguars. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

Last but not least, let’s give it up to Andre Hal!

After being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Hal worked endlessly and tirelessly to overcome this illness to get back to what he loves doing. After being active on the roster last week, Hal made his first start of the season last Sunday in Jacksonville. His return inspired so many of his teammates, and I believe it played a significant factor in the performance of the team today. Here’s to Hal returning back to his old ways and for a healthy season. Welcome back!

Fortunately and unfortunately, I have no Zeroes to name for week 7. As much as I want to include Julie’n Davenport on this list, he had a good game. Everyone on the Texans have a great game today.

Well, it’s a short week. The Texans have the Dolphins on a Thursday night game with a chance to extend their win streak to 5 games. Until then, happy first place Texans fans!

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