Tyrann Mathieu says Texans defense wanted to make Blake Bortles ‘think a little bit’
The Houston Texans are on a roll right now. After a slow start to the season, they are now on a four-game winning streak and at the top of their division.
After three straight wins that went to overtime, the Texans had their most impressive win of the season when they came into Jacksonville and defeated the Jaguars 20-7.
A lot of the Texans’ success can be credited to the play of their defense. Their defense, led by JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, made a great addition by adding All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu. So far, he is off to a great start for them.
In Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, he made a sack and an interception, both of which were a big part of their win. In an interview with ProFootballTalk, Mathieu detailed their gameplan for the Jaguars,
“We wanted to try to make him think a little bit,” Mathieu said. “We wanted to try to get him to go read to read.”
Mathieu said he was nevertheless surprised that the Jaguars made the change from Blake Bortles to Cody Kessler, and that the Jaguars increased the tempo and did more hurry-up offense after putting the backup in.
The Texans’ defense did more than just make Bortles think. They shut out the Jaguars in the first half 17-0 and they forced two fumbles out of Bortles which ultimately led to his benching in favor of backup quarterback Cody Kessler.