By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
Week 2 of the AFC South schedule saw all 4 teams battling each other for control of the South.
While the Texans and Colts have won 9 out of 10 seasons, the Jaguars and Titans are pushing to end that reign.
Both teams failed to gain any ground within the division, but it’s still early and there is a lot of football to go. This division could come down to the final games late in December.
Houston Texans 13 – Jacksonville Jaguars 12
After a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Saints in week one, Houston looked to rebound this week as they hosted their division rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since the Jaguars lost their starting quarterback, Nick Foles, they turned to rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew. This week he took the NFL by storm. He ended his rookie debut going 23 of 33 pass attempts for 213 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 INT.
Through Week 2 of the NFL season, here is where Gardner Minshew ranks among AFC South QB’s:
– 1st in completion % (77.6)
– 1st in passing yards (488)
– 1st in yards per attempt (8.4)
– 1st in completions of 20+ yards (6)
– 2nd in passer rating (111.8)
– 2nd in first downs (20) pic.twitter.com/BVugzUzVv3
— Dillon Appleman (@DayDayAppleman) September 16, 2019
With Houston leading by 7 late into the fourth quarter, Gardner took the Jaguars down the field and scored with 36 seconds left. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone choose to go for the win, instead of the tie. With the Jaguars offense staying on the field, Jaguars gave the ball to running back Leonard Fournette, who was met by Texans safety Justin Reid just short of the goal line.
This missed two-point conversion gave the Texans their first win of the season, while sending the Jaguars to 0-2. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was just 16 of 29 pass attempts for 159 yards, with 1 rushing touchdown.
Colts 19 – Titans 17
Well, this game certainly got off to a fiery start, literally, when pyrotechnics equipment caught on fire on the sideline, causing quite a scene on the Titans sidelines. After a brief delay, the teams finally took the field.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 15, 2019
Of course, all the focus was on Colts QB Jacoby Brissett, who seemed to flash at times. Brissett completed 17 of 28 passes for 146 yards, three touchdowns. But also had an interception and a fumble loss, taking the Colts into halftime up 13-7.
As for the Titans, what happened to the team that dismantled the Cleveland Browns? The Titan’s offense was inconsistent, not to mention their defense clearly struggled with this Colts offense despite a couple of turnovers. The Titans did manage to put 10 points on the board the second half.
They failed to stop the Colts on a crucial 4th and 1 late in the game. Having no time-outs and just 1:07 left on the clock, QB Marcus Mariota couldn’t get the Titans offense down the field. Mariota finished his day going 19 out of 28, for 154 yards, 1 touchdown.
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