Texans vs. Jaguars 2014 picks and predictions: Houston clings to slim playoff hopes
Houston is a longshot to make the playoffs but would virtually be eliminated with a loss to Jacksonville.
The Houston Texans are unlikely players for the NFL postseason, but they still have an outside chance with a win on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston is 6-6 and a game behind six teams who are all tied at 7-5 for the final wild card spot in the AFC. Meanwhile, Jacksonville is 2-10 and destined for another top-three pick, which would make it three in as many seasons.
Houston has struggled at the quarterback position all season long between Ryan Mallett and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick rallied the troops last week to a resounding win over the Tennessee Titans, and now needs to string together a solid month for any hopes of January football. Of course, any mention of the Texans needs to include J.J. Watt. Watt will win the Defensive Player of the Year award, totaling 11.5 sacks and five touchdowns. No player is more dominant at his position than Watt.
Jacksonville is going through another brutal campaign under Gus Bradley. One year after going 4-12, the Jaguars have managed to regress, at least in the standings, in Bradley’s second season. Blake Bortles looks overwhelmed after a promising first few appearance and has a league-high 15 interceptions while completing 62.4 percent of his passes.
Over at ESPN, only Merril Hoge picked Jacksonville to pull off the upset, giving it a two-game winning streak after its 25-24 win over the New York Giants last week. The USA Today analysts all picked Houston to move to 7-6 on the year, while the eight men of CBS Sports believe the Texans will win, save Will Brinson who rolls with the Jaguars.
SB Nation provides us with another clean sweep, with everyone believing in Fitzpatrick. Or maybe just not believing in the Jaguars.