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    Jacksonville’s season opener will go down

    as the worst in franchise history.The Jaguars lost quarterback Nick Foles for at least two months because of a broken left collarbone. Their vaunted defense deviated from what it does best — man-to-man coverage — and got gashed for 491 yards as well as eight scores in the first nine possessions. Linebacker and team captain Myles Jack Will Richardson Jersey , who recently signed a four-year, $57 million extension, was ejected for throwing a punch and then had to be restrained before he was escorted off the field.Adding to the embarrassment of the 40-26 home loss to Kansas City : a small fire in a stadium fuse box caused a CBS production truck to lose power and forced the network to shift viewing audiences to different games for the final seven minutes.Many of those inside TIAA Bank Field had already tuned out — for the day and maybe for the entirety of Jacksonville’s now-seemingly ruined season.“That’s the game of football,” Jaguars receiver Chris Conley said. “It’s ebb and flow and unexpected. We’ve got to roll with the punches. We’ve got to get better and we’ve got to learn from some of the mistakes that we’ve made.”WHAT’S WORKINGMaybe the team’s revamped offense.Foles tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark before defensive lineman Chris Jones drove the quarterback to the ground, landed on him and broke his clavicle. And rookie Gardner Minshew threw for 275 yards and two scores off the bench. But both came in the fourth quarter, with the game out of reach, so it’s hard to really gauge the performance of the former Washington State starter.Leonard Fournette ran for 66 yards and averaged 5.1 yards a carry, and offensive tackles Jawaan Taylor and Will Richardson — both first-time starters — fared well against pass rushers Frank Clark and Alex Okafor.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe defense was a debacle. Sure, the unit might deserve a pass considering it was facing the most potent offense in the league. But there’s no excuse for tweaking the scheme and allowing Sammy Watkins to run mostly untouched for touchdowns of 68 and 49 yards.Kansas City did anything it wanted, whenever it wanted.“They are pretty damn good now ,” coach Doug Marrone said. “They’ve done that to a lot of football teams.”STOCK UPChark caught four passes for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, showing the kind of big-play ability the Jaguars expected when they selected the LSU receiver in the second round of the 2018 draft.“I feel like it’s just the beginning,” Chark said.STOCK DOWNRight guard A.J. Cann, a fifth-year starter, had one of his worst games against the Chiefs. He was flagged for holding on the team’s second drive and then beaten six snaps later, resulting in the hit that injured Foles. Cann signed a three-year, $15 million contract to stay in Jacksonville in March and now could end up on the bench once left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) returns, allowing Richardson to take Cann’s starting spot.“All I saw was two red jerseys in my face and I remember hitting the ground on the left side and feeling a crack,” Foles said.INJUREDFoles and rookie linebacker Quincy Williams, who reinjured his surgically repaired right knee and felt swelling after the game. Williams had arthroscopic surgery in August to repair torn meniscus.KEY NUMBER178 — the draft spot for Minshew Womens D.J. Hayden Jersey , a sixth-rounder who takes over the starting job for the foreseeable future.NEXT STEPSFoles had surgery Monday and was placed on injured reserve/designated for return. Jacksonville also acquired third-year quarterback Josh Dobbs from Pittsburgh to serve as Minshew’s backup. Minshew will get all the first-team reps in practice as they prepare to play at Houston on Sunday. Another week, another amazing play by Deshaun Watson.Wrapped up by two defenders and about to be pulled to the ground, Watson saw Carlos Hyde behind him and pitched the ball to the running back to avoid a sack and keep a drive alive in Houston's 26-3 victory over Jacksonville in London on Sunday."I don't know if you get that many quarterbacks ... that can do that," receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "But Deshaun's an amazing player. He's humble. He approaches every day with a great attitude."That highlight came a week after Watson was kicked in the eye before escaping a defender and throwing a touchdown pass to help the Texans to a victory over Oakland.Watson's play has helped the Texans win four of their last five games to improve to 6-3 and move into first place in the AFC South as they enter their off week.After struggling with interceptions earlier this season, Watson has cleaned up his play and has thrown five touchdown passes with no interceptions in the last two games."Deshaun's playing at a really good level right now, a really high level," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he understands what we're trying to do. He's making really good decisions with the ball. He's managing the game; he's managing the clock. He's doing a really good job of just running the offense."Watson is the first player in NFL history to have at least 17 touchdown passes (18) and five touchdown runs (5) through the first nine games of a season. He has 63 touchdown passes in his career. His 2,432 yards passing rank sixth in the NFL and his 18 TD passes are third most in the league.WHAT'S WORKINGWhile Watson and Houston's offense were the stars in London, the defense also was solid against Jacksonville. Houston didn't miss a beat in its first game without J.J. Watt, who is out for the season with an injury to his pectoral muscle. The unit had two interceptions Cody Kessler Jersey , recovered two fumbles and sacked rookie Gardner Minshew four times. The Texans were also solid against the run, limiting Leonard Fournette to a season-low 40 yards rushing on a day they allowed their fewest points of the season.WHAT NEEDS HELPWatson was sacked just once on Sunday but was hit seven times behind an offensive line that has struggled to be consistent this season. Houston got back rookie first-round pick Tytus Howard, who missed two games with a knee injury. But it was without left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was inactive because of a shoulder injury. The Texans hope that he can get healthy during the week off and return to anchor the group as it tries to improve.STOCK UPCarlos Hyde had a season-high 160 yards rushing against the Jaguars for his most yards since running for 193 yards in 2016. Hyde, who was traded to Houston in August, continues to play an important role in the offense while filling in for Lamar Miller, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason. Hyde ranks seventh in the NFL with 704 yards rushing.STOCK DOWNWR Keke Coutee is healthy but did not play for the second straight week. Coutee appeared in six games with three starts this season and has 154 yards receiving. O'Brien hasn't provided a reason for not playing Coutee and instead going with Steven Mitchell and DeAndre Carter.INJUREDWR Will Fuller missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury and it's unclear when he'll return. ... S Tashaun Gipson (back/wrist) and cornerback Lonnie Johnson (concussion) didn't make the trip to London because of injuries.KEY NUMBER25 — Houston hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 25 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the opener of the 2018 season.NEXT STEPSThe Texans will use this week to get healthy before looking to build on their recent success when they travel to Baltimore on Nov. 17. After that, they'll return home for two prime-time tests against AFC South foe Indianapolis and the 8-1 New England Patriots.

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