September 16, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) is sacked by Houston Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed (58) during the second quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Jaguars Dominated By Texans In Loss

The Jaguars had one of their worst offensive outputs in recent memory as they were dominated by the Texans 27-7 on Sunday.

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Jaguars Offense Struggled Due To Pass Rush And Coverage

The Jacksonville Jaguars were stifled by the Houston Texans' defense on Sunday and managed to amass just 117 total yards. When asked whether the poor performance was the result of Houston's pressure or its coverage, Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said it was a bit of both. "I think it was a combination of the two. It was very good, we couldn’t hold on to it obviously, and well-covered," Mularkey replied.

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Whatever the case, it was a forgettable performance for the Jaguars, who head into Week 3 at 0-2. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed just seven of 19 pass attempts against the Texans before leaving the game with what appears to have been a minor injury.

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Jaguars Killed Themselves With Early Mistakes

The Jacksonville Jaguars' offense struggled mightily in the team's 27-7 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday; quarterback Blaine Gabbert was just 7-19 for 53 yards before leaving the game because of an injury, and the Jags managed just 117 total yards. Gabbert says the offense really hurt itself with mistakes early in the contest:

"Yeah we killed ourselves. We were I think zero for nine on third downs. Just a lack of execution, had a bunch of mental mistakes and we shot ourselves in the foot. You can't win football games in the NFL by doing that. Everybody has talent and when one side of the ball messes up the other team executes and capitalizes on it."

Related: What Did You Think Of The Jaguars New 'Tradition'?

The Jaguars had the ball for just 16 minutes and 43 seconds.

Gabbert underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed an injury to a muscle in his posterior. At this point, he is not expected to miss Jacksonville's next game.

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Blaine Gabbert Injury: Jaguars QB To Have MRI

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk. (Via Big Cat Country.) The MRI will evaluate possible hamstring and toe injuries. Gabbert was unable to finish Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, though his injury did not appear serious at the time.

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Before suffering the injury, Gabbert was having a rough day -- he finished the game just 7-19 for 53 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars struggled to get anything going offensively in the 27-7 loss and finished with just 117 total yards.

Chad Henne replaced Gabbert on Sunday and would get the call should Gabbert be forced to miss time. Jacksonville plays the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

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Texans Vs. Jaguars: Cecil Shorts Could Become Bigger Part Of Jacksonville Offense

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost in painful fashion to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, but they may have found a new weapon on offense. Wide receiver Cecil Shorts caught four passes for 74 yards against the Vikings, including a go-ahead touchdown reception with just 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. SB Nation Jaguars blog Big Cat Country is expecting to see more of Shorts against the Houston Texans this Sunday:

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey stated this week that he expects CS3 to get more looks on the field starting this week, following the impressive performance. Look for Shorts to get a lot of snaps on Sunday, as the team will likely be looking to keep 3-4 receivers on the field often, in order to spread out the Texans defense and try to counter their pass rush with quick, short passes and a lot of options for Gabbert to go to.

Related: Re-Writing The Blaine Gabbert Narrative Will Take Patience

Shorts, who is in his second NFL season, caught a total of two passes in 2011. Between him and rookie Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars hope they have a foundation at wide receiver that they'll be able to rely on for many years.

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NFL Injury Report Week 2: Jaguars Missing Some Key Players

Jacksonville is just one game into the 2012 season, but the Jaguars' injury report is already lengthy. Running back Rashad Jennings (knee), linebacker Daryl Smith (groin), defensive end Austen Lane (foot), offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield (ankle) and defensive end George Selvie (knee) have all been ruled out of the team's Week 2 game against the Houston Texans.

Related: Re-Writing The Blaine Gabbert Narrative Will Take Patience

Cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) is listed as questionable, as is offensive lineman Eben Britton (ankle). Britton hasn't been able to practice all week, and Cox has been limited. Cornerback Mike Harris (hamstring) and guard Uche Nwaneri (ankle) are both probable.

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NFL Odds Week 2: Texans Vs. Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking to get into the win column for the first time in 2012 when they host the Houston Texans on Sunday, but oddsmakers don't love their chances. Jacksonville opened as a seven-point underdog, and that line has since moved to 7.5 or eight points at various sportsbooks.

Related: Gary Kubiak: Jaguars Doing 'A Hell Of A Job' Rebuilding

Jacksonville is coming off a tough overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is back in a starting role for Week 2, which should help the Jaguars' chances. The Texans, who are expected to contend for another playoff berth in the AFC, demolished the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Not Satisfied With Being The Starter

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is back in a starting role, but he isn't satisfied. In discussing the issue after a practice this week, Jones-Drew explained why he isn't feeling particularly happy about the promotion:

"Because we didn't win so at the end of the day that's all you want so that's the thing we want to work on. We want that before us. Jaguars we want people to say winners and so that's what we want to work on and we're going to continue to do that."

Related: Gary Kubiak: Jaguars Doing 'A Hell Of A Job' Rebuilding

Jones-Drew didn't start in Week 1 because of his lengthy preseason holdout. Rashad Jennings got the nod instead, but he suffered an injury against the Vikings.

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Jared Allen Complains Replacement Refs Cost Him A Sack

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen says the replacement officials cost him a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. Allen got to Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on one play, but the officials ruled he was offside. Allen believes otherwise:

"I moved, but I didn't think I broke the neutral zone before the ball was snapped," Allen told ESPN in an interview.

Related: Mike Mularkey Trying To Find Source Of Leg Injuries

Allen went on to add that he feels he might have gotten the benefit of the doubt from the league's regular officials. He was otherwise shut out against Jacksonville, limited by Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe.

Allen had 22 sacks in 2011.

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Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts Pushing For Snaps

Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts made a strong case for more snaps in the Jaguars' season-opening loss to Minnesota, as he led the team with 74 yards receiving. Head coach Mike Mularkey says Shorts has been making the most of his opportunities:

Just the time that he's gotten the chance to play that he's gotten, he really tries to make every opportunity the best it can be. Jerry Sullivan has been a big influence on him. I think he takes coaching extremely well. He wants to do good and he's made some big plays.

Related: Mike Mularkey Trying To Find Source Of Leg Injuries

Shorts, who is in his second NFL season, appeared in 10 games for Jacksonville in 2011 and caught two passes for 30 yards. He has already doubled that reception total in 2012.

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