NFL Preview: Jax vs Houston

With two straight losses, the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7) need a win against the Houston Texans (5-10) in their match-up during week 17 of the NFL season and then must hope for an Indianapolis loss to the Titans to claim their first divisional title in over a decade.

Jacksonville, though, will be without starting quarterback David Garrard, who had surgery on his right middle finger, and star running back Maurice-Jones Drew, who is questionable for the game. Jacksonville will more than likely start Todd Bouman at quarterback and will rely on Rashad Jennings at running back. Jennings has made some impact plays this season, averaging 5.7 yards per rush, but the journeyman Bouman is a significant downgrade from Garrard.

It shouldn’t matter who is under center against the Texans, who have the worst pass defense in the league and have surrendered 410 points. It is the same story for Houston, one step forward (a win over the Colts on opening day), two steps back (10 losses). Houston can’t seem to get over that hump and head coach Gary Kubiak’s job is on the line. The Texan’s offense has been dynamic all season with Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson but it just wasn’t enough.

Jacksonville defeated Houston 31-24 on a last second Hail Mary and the Jaguars are favored by -2 points.

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