But the Jaguars' head coach wasn't giddy following the Jaguars' first Week 1 victory in since 2011 - and he was characteristically cautious about the big picture.
Although their game week routine has been altered somewhat by having to stay two extra nights in Houston, middle linebacker and captain Paul Posluszny said they won't have a problem jumping back to their normal preparations once they return to Jacksonville. "It's a long journey". "There were a lot of great guys who did a lot of great things for that city and our prayers go out to everybody in Houston who suffered from that hurricane. So we just came in and showed we can do".
-Fournette enjoyed a lively debut, pummeling a couple would-be tacklers while providing the Jaguars the offensive balance they sought to alleviate pressure on the turnover-prone Bortles.
The most striking statistic of a day full of striking Jaguars-centric statistics? Bortles didn't turn the ball over and the defense set the record for sacks, getting 10 against the Texans, four from Campbell.
The Jacksonville offense added another touchdown and field goal on a Texans defense taking the final score to Jacksonville 29 - Houston 7.
The second-most striking statistic?
However, the former LSU star put any concerns about his health to rest, running for an impressive 100 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
"As far as how people handle it, I think everyone handles it differently". I thought our players responded well. "You can come and try to do what you want to do, but we're from Texas and we're ready for anything".
"Football definitely matters in a time like this because it takes our mind off what is actually happening to us right now", fan Steve Beckholt said. They also knocked David Johnson out of the game after forcing him to fumble in the third quarter Sunday. Instead, Tom Savage struggled behind a porous line and was benched in favour of rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime with Houston down 19-0. That's the type of run-pass mix we just have not seen from the Jaguars since Bortles took over as the team's starting quarterback back in 2014.
"The momentum shifted back to us", Marrone said. That's the game. You're dealing with it and you have to do a better job. And that frustration boiled over Sunday when one disgruntled supporter chucked his hat at Dalton as the Bengals QB left the field after Cincinnati's 20-0 defeat to the visiting Baltimore Ravens. "We wanted to shut them down and get that first win to build our confidence".