HOU-JAX grades: Texans’ secondary, linebackers impress in AFC South win

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Texans' Week 10 AFC South win over the Jaguars.

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HOU-JAX grades: Texans’ secondary, linebackers impress in AFC South win

Houston Texans 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 21

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Texans’ Week 10 over the Jaguars.

Houston Texans

Quarterback grade: Brock Osweiler, 69.9

Osweiler efficient, though attempted limited deep passes

This wasn’t a bad game by Brock Osweiler, though he wasn’t asked to do much downfield. Attempting just seven passes traveling 10 yards or further downfield, completing two for 26 yards. That included going zero-for-two on throws 20 yards or more downfield. He was efficient, though, completing 12-of-17 passes either behind or within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.

Brock Osweiler

Top offensive grades

OT Duane Brown, 90.1

C Greg Mancz, 83.2

FB Jay Prosch, 80.7

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, 72.3

HB Akeem Hunt, 71.9

Strong rushing attack fuels Texans’ win

The passing game didn’t need to do much thanks to a strong showing on the ground. It started with Lamar Miller, who was unlucky not to score after breaking off a 45-yard run, finishing the game with 60 of his 83 yards coming after contact. Akeem Hunt, a 2015 undrafted free agent from Purdue, flashed some potential in his first action of the year after being activated from the practice squad, forcing a missed tackle and averaging 7.1 yards per carry, despite having a long run called back thanks to a holding penalty.

Top defensive grades

LB Benardrick McKinney, 87.3

CB Charles James, 80.4

CB Kareem Jackson, 80.1

S Quentin Demps, 80.0

LB Brian Cushing, 79.9

Big plays fuels Texans’ defense in winning effort

Houston’s defense took advantage of Bortles’ errors, including a pick-six from Kareem Jackson. Brian Cushing had a good day in run defense, as he had four tackles and an assist in 20 snaps against the run. Texans LB Benardrick McKinney had a good day defending the pass, as he was targeted six times, yielding five receptions but for only 18 yards. McKinney also added three tackles in 20 snaps against the run. The Texans’ defense was solid all day, and if not for a pass interference call late in the game, would have turned this into a big-time performance.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback grade: Blake Bortles, 50.7

Bortles fails to stretch field vertically

Bortles two first-half interceptions were unforced errors that tilted the game in the Texans’ favor, and despite a nice last drive, he could not overcome the poor early start. Bortles dropped back to pass 53 times, completing 32 of 50 attempts for 265 yards with one drop and two interceptions. Bortles had mixed results under pressure, as he completed 9 of 12 attempts for 84 yards, but also threw one of his picks while under pressure. The Jaguars’ QB finished zero-for-five on pass attempts of 20 yards or more, failing to stretch the defense vertically.

Blake Bortles vs pressure

Top offensive grades

WR Allen Robinson, 81.2

OT Kelvin Beachum, 78.2

C Brandon Linder, 77.5

HB T.J. Yeldon, 76.2

TE Ben Koyack, 74.1 

Allen Robinson creates spark in losing effort

The Jaguars’ offense struggled to find rhythm against the Texans’ defense; however, there were positives, as Bortles targeted WR Allen Robinson 13 times, with the duo connecting nine times for 107 yards and a touchdown. Robinson caught all passes deemed “catchable,” and was able to provide life to the Jaguars’ offense. T.J. Yeldon averaged 3.78 yards after contact and caused three missed tackles on only nine rushing attempts, and added two missed tackles on his three receptions. Kelvin Beachum had a stout performance protecting the passer, allowing only two QB hurries and no QB hits or sacks.

Top defensive grades

DI Malik Jackson, 87.5

S John Cyprien, 78.9

DI Tyson Alualu, 77.2

ED Dan Skuta, 75.5

CB Aaron Colvin, 75.4

Free-agent addition Malik Jackson stands out

The jewel of the Jaguars’ 2016 free-agent class bounced back after three straight lackluster performances, making an impact against the run and as a pass-rusher. Malik Jackson finished the game with a hit, a hurry, and a batted pass from 23 snaps as a pass-rusher, but was even better in run defense. From 23 snaps against the run, he registered four tackles resulting in a defensive stop, good for a 18.2 percent run-stop percentage (up from his 6.1 percent season mark heading into the game).

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Duane Brown, OT, Texans

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  • kev

    Thx for the post, good info

  • Samuel Myers

    Osweiler completed 51% of his passes. That’s not efficient and his grade is a joke. At one point he had nine or ten straight incompletions. And they weren’t drops.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      99 yards, ninety-nine, lol