The Houston Texans opened their regular season with an embarrassing 29-7 divisional loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium.
The game started with emotions running high. JJ Watt drew shattering cheers as he ran from the tunnel sporting the Texas flag. The rest of the day went quickly downhill.
Starting quarterback Tom Savage was ineffective, going 7-13 for 62 yards. He was replaced in the second half by rookie sensation Deshaun Watson. He led the team to its only score of the day, a 4-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
Overall, Watson was 12-23 for 102 yards. He also threw an interception.
The Jaguars were as dominant as the Texans were ineffective. They recorded a franchise record nine sacks, and collected four turnovers. Rookie Leonard Fournette had a big debut. The former LSU running back had 100-yards rushing and scored a touchdown.
The final snaps a six-game winning streak by the Texans. It’s also Jacksonville’s first opening week win since 2011.
The Texans have a short week to prepare for their next opponent. They travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday night.