Texans swat Jags, move to 2-0


by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on September 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

All those boos last week just seem silly now.


No sluggish start. No moments of concern. No need for a barrage of turnovers to get going.


The Houston Texans dominated AFC South rival Jacksonville from start to finish and in every phase Sunday.


Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores and the Texans overwhelmed the Jaguars in a 27-7 victory that wasn't nearly as close as the final score.


The Texans improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season. The Jaguars started 0-2 for the third time in the past five years, and have lost four straight in the series.


The latest meeting wasn't even competitive. It may have eased any concerns Houston had about last week's 30-10 victory against Miami, a game in which the Texans struggled until converting three consecutive turnovers into touchdowns late in the second quarter.


"We were mad that we started slow last game so we came out here with a mission, a goal, to start fast," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. "Two 20-point wins the first two weeks? That's what you're supposed to do. If we can just stay focused on our goals, we should be fine."


Houston looked every bit like a team picked to win the AFC South and make a run at the Super Bowl.


The Texans gained 242 yards in the first half while building a 17-0 lead. Foster ran for 69 yards and a score. Tate added 49 and a touchdown. Matt Schaub, using mostly short throws, picked apart Jacksonville's defense.


"This was a tough loss for us," Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "You're playing at home, against a division opponent, a playoff team, and we go out and perform like this? We did not play well at all. It showed us where we're at. We have a lot of work ahead of us."


Especially on offense.


The Jaguars finished with a franchise-low 117 yards -- worse than anything they did last season as the NFL's least productive offense.


"I'm not going to sit here and say I've got the answers for what went wrong with our team today," Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri said. "But clearly we weren't firing on all cylinders."


Blaine Gabbert played as he did as a rookie, hurrying throws, missing open receivers and showing little pocket presence. Gabbert completed 4 of 11 passes for 13 yards in the first half, was sacked twice and had two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage -- both by Watt.


Gabbert finished 7 of 19 for 53 yards -- his fewest passing yards as a starter -- and ended the day standing on the sideline with a hamstring injury that could prevent him from playing next week at Indianapolis. He played one series in the fourth quarter before giving way to backup Chad Henne.


"We killed ourselves," Gabbert said. "We were 0 for 9 on third down, just a lack of execution. Had a bunch of mental mistakes. We just shot ourselves in the foot. And you can't win football games in the NFL by doing that."