Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1 recap: Everything we know

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Final score: Texans 37, Jaguars 21

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Tyrod Taylor assuaged Houston fans about the quarterback play with two touchdown passes as the Texans overpowered the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-21 in the NFL debut of coach Urban Meyer and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Taylor went 21-of-33 for 291 yards and took just one sack while Lawrence was 28-of-51 for 332 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Texans run game generated 161 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries with Mark Ingram leading the way with 26 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Here is everything we know.

Keys to the game

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The Texans were able to play to their 2021 philosophy: get takeaways and control the tempo of the game with the rushing attack. The defense was able to pick off Lawrence three times, and the Texans had another shot at a fourth takeaway with a forced fumble of running back James Robinson that rolled out of bounds. The Texans were able to generate two rushing touchdowns with Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay leading the way.

It was over when...

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The Texans faced a first-and-goal from the Jacksonville 5-yard line in the third quarter with 3:28 to go. The Texans ran a wildcat formation with Mark Ingram taking the snap. On a sweep, Lindsay plucked the snap and scored a rushing touchdown on the left side. The Texans took a 34-7 lead, which was insurmountable at that stage in the game.

Players of the game

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Taylor: 21-33, 291 yards, 2 TDs; 3 carries, 41 yards Ingram: 27 carries, 84 yards, TD WR Brandin Cooks: 5 catches, 132 yards TE Pharaoh Brown: 4 catches, 67 yards

What's next?

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The Texans start the season 1-0 for the first time since 2016. Houston travels to Cleveland next Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Jacksonville starts 0-1 and goes home to host the Denver Broncos in the early game time slot Sunday.

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