Lewis drop kills Jaguars in first half

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars blew a great chance to take control of their game against the Texans in the first half, but perhaps an injury to Matt Leinart creates the possibility of a rare comeback.

Houston’s top-ranked defense hardly looks worthy of the standing.

At the half, it’s 20-10 Texans.

Jacksonville put together an excellent second-quarter drive with consecutive plays of 31 yards, 25 yards and 14 yards. But a wide open Marcedes Lewis dropped a touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars had to settle for a 10-7 lead off a field goal.

Things went south from there.

  • A 42-yard punt return from Jacoby Jones put the Texans in great field position and set up a 2-yard Leinart to Joel Dreessen touchdown pass.

  • Gabbert forced a deep ball up the right side where three defenders were around Jason Hill. Johnathan Joseph’s 29-yard return set up a Neil Rackers 53-yard field goal.

  • Josh Scobee missed a 55-yard field goal wide right with 1:45 left in the first half.

  • Jeremy Mincey knocked Leinart out of the game, at least temporarily. The Texans have not officially disclosed what the injury is, but it looked to be his throwing shoulder. T.J. Yates took over for the remainder of the final drive, which produced a 33-yard Rackers field goal and the 10-point halftime lead.