JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The situation rang a bit familiar.
A Houston Texans quarterback took a hard hit (which drew an unnecessary roughness call this time), and left the game briefly, expecting to return soon.
This time, though, he did.
Not only did Brian Hoyer get to go back into the game after missing just one play, he followed up by throwing two more touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins for a career-high of three in the game, propelling the Texans to their second win of the season, a 31-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Remember, Hoyer returned to lead the Texans last week after Ryan Mallett left for what he thought would be a play or two. This time, Hoyer and Hopkins together secured a sizable lead for the Texans that Houston held onto.
What it means: The Texans gave themselves some good vibes by getting a win and improving to 2-4. They were able to rush the passer while the game still mattered -- which hadn't happened since Week 1. They were able to move the ball fairly smoothly. They've still got a lot to clean up, but depending on what happens Sunday night when the Colts face the Patriots, this could keep the Texans alive in the division race.
What were they thinking? Near the end of the third quarter, the Jaguars were driving when quarterback Blake Bortles found tight end Julius Thomas wide open in the middle of the field. Bortles hit Thomas, who ran the ball into the end zone untouched. It was a complete breakdown of the Texans' coverage.
One reason to get excited: This isn't the first time I've had this opinion, but there really wasn't a lot to get excited about on Sunday. Arian Foster had a few nice runs, but overall the Texans' run game was lukewarm.
One reason to panic: The Texans have not remotely solved their penalty issues. They were called for seven penalties in just the first half of the game -- four of them on third down and one on a fourth down.
Fantasy watch: Hopkins became the second player in franchise history to have four consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving, tying Andre Johnson's franchise record.
Ouch: The Texans' most serious injury was to safety Lonnie Ballentine, whose leg bent back unnaturally during the fourth quarter. Ballentine was in tears and the entire Texans sideline emptied to wish him well as he left the field on a cart. Cornerback Kareem Jackson left the game with an ankle injury he suffered in the first half. Inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney suffered a concussion and did not return to the game.