The Washington Post
Texans 37, Jaguars 21
Tyrod Taylor threw for
291 yards and two touchdowns filling in for Deshaun Watson to lead host Houston over Trevor Lawrence and mistake-prone Jacksonville.
Expectations for the Texans were low entering this season with Watson out and star defensive end J. J. Watt gone to Arizona. But Taylor and Houston’s revamped running game were more than enough to handle a Jaguars team that, despite the addition of top overall pick Lawrence, didn’t look much better than last season.
The former Clemson standout became the first rookie quarterback to start an opener in franchise history. It was a bumpy debut in which he threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns but also tossed three interceptions, often overthrew open receivers and was the victim of several drops. It was also the NFL debut for Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer.