Hous­ton benches Osweiler

Jack­sonville fires coach Bradley af­ter 14-48 record in four sea­sons TEX­ANS 21, JAGUARS 20

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kristie Rieken

hous­ton» Last sea­son, Brock Osweiler grabbed the start­ing quar­ter­back job for seven games for the Bron­cos. Last off­sea­son, he grabbed a $72 mil­lion con­tract to jump to the Hous­ton Tex­ans.

Sun­day, Osweiler grabbed a seat on the bench.

Tom Sav­age threw for 260 yards af­ter Brock Osweiler was benched in the sec­ond quar­ter, and La­mar Miller scored Hous­ton’s only touch­down with less than three min­utes re­main­ing as the Tex­ans ral­lied for a 2120 win over the Jack­sonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley af­ter the loss, Jack­sonville’s ninth straight. He went 14-48 since tak­ing over in 2013.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I’ve been down this road be­fore,” Osweiler said. “I un­der­stand what it’s like to get benched in the mid­dle of a foot­ball game. And ul­ti­mately hav­ing a big­pic­ture view on the deal, it’s all about the next man up and be­ing a good team­mate.”

The win was Hous­ton’s 10th straight in the di­vi­sion and left the Tex­ans (8-6) tied with Ten­nessee for the AFC South lead. But Hous­ton con­trols its play­off fu­ture with a 5-0 mark in the di­vi­sion.

Osweiler threw in­ter­cep­tions on con­sec­u­tive drives in the sec­ond quar­ter to help Jack­sonville build a 13-0 lead. Coach Bill O’Brien had in­sisted all sea­son he hadn’t thought about bench­ing Osweiler, but he’d seen enough af­ter that and brought in Sav­age. The move was met with a huge ova­tion from the home crowd that had been boo­ing Osweiler for most of the day.

Hous­ton trailed by nine en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter and Nick Novak made his fourth field goal be­fore Miller bulled in for the go-ahead touch­down. The Jaguars were flagged for pass interference twice on that drive to set up the score.

The Jaguars (2-12) got the ball back twice, but they failed on a fourth-down con­ver­sion the first time and Blake Bor­tles was in­ter­cepted the sec­ond time.

Osweiler has strug­gled in his first sea­son in Hous­ton af­ter sign­ing a $72 mil­lion con­tract to join the Tex­ans from Den­ver. He has 16 in­ter­cep­tions and 14 touch­down passes. Osweiler was 6-for-11 for 48 yards be­fore he was pulled.

It was the first reg­u­lar-sea­son ap­pear­ance since Dec. 14, 2014 for Sav­age.

Hous­ton Tex­ans wide re­ceiver Will Fuller makes a one-handed catch at the side­line against the Jack­sonville Jaguars on Sun­day. Fuller had four catches for 42 yards in the Tex­ans’ 21-20 vic­tory. Bob Levey, Getty Im­ages

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