Tampa Bay Sports Day

Bonts: QBs, Love ’em When They Win, Bench ’em When They The Fumble

Photos by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE – After two road losses the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) returned home Sunday to TIAA Bank Field.

Despite friendlier surroundings. Same result.

The Texans (4-3) showed no fear entering the Lair of the Jaguar, the Jungle, Lock the the Bank or whatever they call the old Gator Bowl. Going up by 20, then facing a new QB in Cody Kessler, Houston hung on for a 20-7 win over their AFC South Division rivals.

The backup entered the game in the third after starter Blake Bortles fumbled for the second time in the game. Bortles left 6 of 12 for 61 yards.

Not so fast on ordering your Cody Kessler game jersey.

In his post game presser head coach Doug Marrone made it clear that he benched Bortles to ignite a spark.

But to also send a message to the whole team that they will have to do better. Players at every position will go into the week under the microscope in preparation for Philadelphia (3-4).

Kessler, last with the Cleveland Browns, immediately led the Jaguars on a scoring drive. His six yard pass to T.J. Yeldon averted the shut out.

Kessler completed 21 of 30 passes for 156 yards. He also threw a pick to add to Jacksonville’s three turnovers.

The division lead was also on the line. Earlier in the day Tennessee (3-4) fell to the Los Angeles Chargers in London.

So the winner would have sole possession of first place. Not much value at this point of the season except for bragging rights.

The Jaguars face the Eagles in London next Sunday.

GAME NOTES: Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins early in the third quarter….Jacksonville’s Telvin Smith Sr. became the eighth player in franchise history to surpass 500 career tackles, registering a team-leading eight tackles. Smith has now posted at least seven tackles in 11 of his last 12 games, including the postseason. His 58 tackles lead the Jaguars in 2018…..Dante Fowler Jr. sacked Watson for an 8-yard loss on Houston’s first possession….The Texans’ Lamar Miller ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter.