So, now that Texans QB Matt Schaub is out of the picture, how do you fancy the chances of the Houston Texans now? Long term championship desires? Nahhh.
Beating the Jacksonville Jaguars by at least two touchdowns?
I’ll take it.
There are a number of reasons why the Texans will stagger their opponents in their AFC South match up even in the wake of QB Matt Schaub possibly ruled out for the season. Texans backup QB Matt Leinart may be incompetent, and may not come near the production with his rust laden arm that Schaub has put up, but spectacular quarterback play has not been the mantra is this team. The Jacksonville Jaguars have done relatively well on defense, posting top 5 marks in passing YPG and total YPG. They rank 15th in rushing YPG, giving up 111.2. Schaub has taken care of business despite not having a superb option outside of star WR Andre Johnson who has been sidelined for a long while with a nagging hamstring.
Still, Matt Leinart will not be needed, with the rushing attack of RB’s Arian Foster and Ben Tate, coupled with a stifling defense with pass rushers who will scare the wit out of rookie Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert, and a secondary up to the task of defending the less than stellar Jacksonville passing attack.
Stacking the box against their lone star in RB Maurice Jones-Drew is a given until Gabbert can prove his worth, and even then, the Texans can rush the passer on the backs on guys like DE J.J. Watt despite the absence of OLB Mario Williams.
The ball will be fed, fed, and fed some more to the bruising and rapid RB Ben Tate and RB Arian Foster, with Foster looking to factor in the passing game like he did against Tampa Bay. Tate will likely see some crushing rushes between the tackles in the face of some solid run stuffing guys on the Jags, and with the bruises mounting and the wind lost, Foster will chew up chunks of yards.
Look for QB Matt Leinart to throw no more than 25 passes, with that being a conservatively overblown estimate. Look for three sacks, two picks, and 150 yards rushing by the dual attack of Texans rushers, with Leinart given some support by his tight end in Owen Daniels.
The Texans should take care of business in the wake of losing their leader, and play up to their standards as eventual champs of the AFC South.
Final Score: 27-10 to the Texans.