After dropping four games in a row, the Houston Texans recorded their first victory of the season in a win over the Jaguars.
After the most eventful week in franchise history, the Houston Texans received their first victory of the season. A rejuvenated offense exploded for a season-best 486 total yards, the Texans took home a 30-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday afternoon, inside NRG Stadium.
With the win, Houston improved to 1-4 on the year while Romeo Crennel captured his first victory as interim head coach.
“The win was huge,” Crennel said during his post-game press conference on Sunday. “The way we started the season not winning a game out of four, all phases made a contribution to the victory.”
Brandin Cooks had his best game as a Texan after he failed to record a catch last week. With 12 targets on the day, Cooks recorded a season-best 161 yards and eight receptions.
His lone touchdown came during a 28-yard completion from Deshaun Watson on 4th-and-4 late in the fourth quarter. Watson ended the game with 359 yards, and three touchdown passes going 25-for-35 in the win.
“I think that moment defined trust,” Cooks said. “Not only from a player standpoint, but from a coach-to-player standpoint. All the guys were open, but he [Watson] just so happen to come to me. And the rest is history.”
Will Fuller made four catches for 58 yards, while Darren Fells had two receptions for 57 yards. Both players scored once on a touchdown pass from Watson.
The Texans had a great outing offensively, but their performance on defense was just as sound. After giving up 33 rushing yards during the first quarter, the Texans held Jacksonville to 75 yards on the ground.
Houston also received their first turnover of the season following a fumble by Jaguars’ running back James Robinson — which was recovered by J.J. Watt. Houston ended the game with two turnovers after another fumble by Jacksonville, this time by Gardner Minshew late in the fourth quarter.
“All week long we harped on the fundamentals, we harped on everybody doing their job, getting back to the basics,” Watt said. We’re very pleased with the way we played on defense today. We have to continue to do that and improve and get ourselves even better.”
Following the win, the Texans will try to make it two in a row next Sunday against the 3-0 Tennessee Titans. The Titans are expected to play their Week 4 match against the Bills on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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