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Texans Look to Topple Injured Jaguars with Home Field Advantage Sunday

The Jacksonville Jaguars, like many teams in the AFC South, have seemed to lose footing.  This week the once playoff destiny controlled team sits hoping the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Tennessee Titans and they can pull off a win in Houston.  The Texans know what they’re facing – a heavily injury riddled team; not the Jaguars who staged a comeback performance arguably better than DeSean Jackson’s Week 15 punt return stunner.  And although the Texans are out of playoff contention, they sit hoping to accomplish goals.  Foster’s in the lead and can ride away with the NFL’s rushing title this week.  Head coach Gary Kubiak also would like to show the losses aren’t entirely on him and general manager Rick Smith.

The Texans are playing for pride, and they have a chance to put up good numbers against a susceptible Jacksonville defense (25th ranked in the NFL; Texans 29th).

Jacksonville’s only offensive power weapons, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback David Garrard, are likely out for the game.  Garrard just had surgery on his middle finger and Jones-Drew missed last week and was listed “out” on Wednesday’s practice report. The Texans defense has to be optimistic about facing Trent Edwards, Rashad Jennings and Mike Thomas.  Edwards has completed 43 out of 76 passes with four interceptions and a touchdown in three games this season.

Albeit a dwindling chance for the playoffs, the Jaguars, however, are playing for something.  Cornerback Rashean Mathis said Thursday, its for “icing on the cake” on Sunday against Houston:

“It’s been a good season. In the eyes of the critics, we’ve surpassed everything they thought we could. We’re not playing for the playoffs; we’re playing for the icing on the cake.”

Look for Brian Cushing, Bernard Pollard and Amobi Akoye to treat this game like the did the Titans-Rusty Smith game.  They were hyped, confident and played with control.  The offense on Sunday will go for the air, where most opponents have gone against the Jags.  The Jaguars will try to get Jennings going if Jones-Drew can’t go.  But few to none league running backs have had success against the Texans’ tied-9th ranked defense.

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