QB QUANDARY: Houston has another decision to make at quarterback. Coach Gary Kubiak benched starter Case Keenum, replacing him with Schaub late in the third quarter. Schaub came off the bench and carved up Jacksonville's secondary, throwing for 198 yards and a touchdown. But he also misfired in the red zone late and threw an interception that essentially sealed the loss, which extended Houston's franchise-record losing streak to 11 games. "I have a lot of confidence in him ... and always have," Kubiak said. "He went in there and showed he has bought into what is going on."
MJD'S NIGHT: Maurice Jones-Drew topped the century mark for the first time since Sept. 23, 2012. He ran 14 times for a season-high 103 yards. He also caught two passes 20 yards. His 48-yard run in the third quarter set up the trick-play score. He left the game in the closing minutes with a right hamstring injury, but said after the game that he will be fine. "I'll be all right," he said. "It just tightened up at the end."
PENALTIES PLUS: The Texans added a new wrinkle to their season-long woes. Plagued by turnovers and red-zone struggles all year, Houston was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards at Jacksonville. "They were huge penalties," coach Gary Kubiak said. "That's on me. It's ridiculous. It's inexcusable. It can't happen." It did. And all those flags surely helped the Texans blow another winnable game.
JOHNSON SHINES: Andre Johnson caught just two passes for 36 yards in the teams' first meeting 11 days ago. He made up for it this time around. Johnson had 13 receptions (21 targets) for 154 yards — his latest gem against the Jags.
EVERYONE EATS: After a fourth win in five weeks, Bradley rewarded his players with three days off. He also reminded them about his "eat crumbs" motto, which is designed to keep players humble and hungry. Guard Uche Nwaneri, though, had a suggestion for anyone who doubted the Jaguars: "Everybody who was talking noise can just eat some crow real quick," Nwaneri said.
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