In case you missed it, the Jaguars aren't dead in the water just yet, even at 3-6. The Texans suffered a major blow today when Gary Kubiak announced that Matt Schaub wouldn't be playing against the Jaguars with a foot injury. This from Jason La Canfora of NFL.com sums up that bombshell:
"Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered what coach Gary Kubiak described Monday as a "significant" right foot injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has already been ruled out for the team's next game.
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart will start when the Texans return from their bye week to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12."
Then, ESPN took it a step further, breaking the news that Schaub is done for the year:
"Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter."
With this news, the Jaguars aren't quite out of the divisional race just yet. At this point, the division will likely be decided by the level of Matt Leinart's play. I have to wonder how confident the Texans are at this point.
The Jaguars just went from having no chance to a slim chance of actually catching up to the Texans for the AFC South title. Leinart sucks. He hasn't thrown a single pass in a game for 2 years & he had no confidence at all the last time I saw him play for Arizona. The Texans will rely even more on Foster now. They will become a one dimensional team now. Every team they play from here on out will throw everything they have on defense into stopping Foster. Definitely good news for the Jaguars. Now if they can only get their passing attack back on track. West, Dillard & Robinski need to step up. Not outside the realm of possibility in my opinion.
@Johnny Mac If Jags beat Cleveland, they're 3 wins back from Houston. If they can beat Houston, they're only back 2 games with 5 to play. Certainly a stretch but far from impossible as you mentioned.