Following a couple of weeks on the bench, Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of the greatest games of his career in last week’s win on the Tennessee Titans.
Replacing the injured Ryan Mallett in the starting lineup, Fitzpatrick continued to throw for a career-high and franchise-record six touchdowns in the Texans’45-21 win on the Titans. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday.
Whilst it is highly unlikely he throws for another six touchdowns, the Texans still need Fitzpatrick to play a key role against this week’s opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite their 2-10 record, Jacksonville has among the more dominant defensive fronts in all football. Before a couple of weeks, the Jaguars’defense has recorded 9 sacks, forced eight fumbles and also had two fumbles for TD’s.
If the Texans hope ahead away with a victory in Jacksonville, they’ll need Fitzpatrick to own another strong performance contrary to the underrated Jaguars defense.
The 32-year-old signal-caller should depend on his large number of weapons on offense to combat the up-and-coming Jaguar defense. In His 2nd season DeAndre Hopkins emerged as Fitzpatrick’s go-to guy last week, hauling in nine receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzpatrick will also have the always-reliable duo of running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson at his disposal.
The Texans must also protect their veteran quarterback. Fitzpatrick have been sacked 20 times in his previous nine games, but he wasn’t sacked once in his performance last week. He will be going against a Jaguars defense that ranks third in the league with 37 sacks on the season.
The Texans are in desperate need of a win to help keep their slim playoff hopes alive. If Fitzpatrick can take care of the ball and prevent the pass rush, it would go a considerable ways towards making that happen.