Mike Mularkey didn’t expect this.
Even with a slew of injuries on offense and defense, and even playing a Super Bowl contender, no one else around the Jaguars did, either.
The Jaguars, a week after an opening-game overtime loss at Minnesota, managed just 117 total yards on offense on Sunday, losing an AFC South game to division favorite Houston, 27-7, in front of an announced 62,907 in the regular-season home opener at EverBank Field.
“Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season out at home,” Mularkey, in his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach, said after the Texans outgained the Jaguars by nearly 300 yards in a game Houston dominated from the start.
“That was not a good showing from the start to the end. We never gave ourselves a chance to be in the ballgame.”
The Texans outgained the Jaguars 411-117, with the Jaguars’ total yardage the lowest in the franchise’s 18-year history.
“It’s on us – it’s on the players,” Jaguars running back
On a day in which the Jaguars entered the game with a slew of significant players out with injuries, Jones-Drew – the NFL’s leading rusher a year ago – rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries, but aside from an early third-quarter Jaguars flurry, the Texans controlled the game.
Jaguars starting right offensive tackle
Houston took a 10-0 lead after a quarter, and after outgaining the Jaguars 242-43 in the first half, the Texans led 17-0 at halftime.
“It’s a group effort,” Gabbert said. “We have to make plays. We didn’t do that today.”
The Jaguars failed to convert any of their nine third-down conversions.
“That’s awful,” Gabbert said. “That falls on my shoulders.”
“I’m going to do my best to be out there,” he said.
The Jaguars cut into the halftime deficit with a 37-yard, two-play drive on which Gabbert passed 32 yards to wide receiver
The Jaguars appeared to force a punt on the ensuing series, but an offside penalty on rookie defensive end
Arian Foster rushed for 110 yards on 28 carries for the Texans, who finished with 216 yards and three touchdowns rushing on 48 carries.
“We have some things to clean up,” Mularkey said. “The good thing us we have a lot of football still to play. I told them, ‘Maybe we need to take a good punch and see how we respond.’ I think I know how they’ll respond. They’re disappointed, but there’s lot of football to play.”