JAGUARS VS. TEXANS: GAME BREAKDOWN; Troubling Pattern in Repeat Mode

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Byline: GENE FRENETTE

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-

One of the few bright spots in another lackluster team performance was Fred Taylor (nine carries, 67 yards) making some nifty cuts and being productive with limited opportunities. His 24-yard run that set up the Jaguars' first score was one of his better highlight runs this season. Maurice Drew's first-quarter fumble didn't cost his team points, but it contributed to an overall malaise that kept the offense in a funk most of the game.

PASSING OFFENSE: D

You might not know it by David Garrard's final statistics (25-of-35 passing, 287 yards), but he was totally ineffective until two meaningless touchdown drives in the final three minutes spiked his numbers. He made a bad decision in trying to throw a sideline pass for Jerry Porter that was easily intercepted by Jacques Reeves. Garrard also slipped twice while dropping back to pass, getting his feet tangled up at the line. The offensive line didn't help by allowing three sacks by Texans defensive end Mario Williams. Porter also dropped an easy pass on third-and-3 that stopped a drive, leading to a missed field goal.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C-

Steve Slaton continues to look like one of the biggest steals of the NFL Draft. The third-round pick from West Virginia had 130 rushing yards, the most by any back this season against the Jaguars. He made a 40-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter look effortless. There were times when the Jaguars played solidly against the run, but the Texans' first and last possessions drove down this grade.

PASSING DEFENSE: C-

It wasn't as bad as when Matt Schaub picked apart the Jaguars in their first meeting, but replacement quarterback Sage Rosenfels did enough damage to keep the Texans in total control of the game. …