JACKSONVILLE – Here’s this week’s Setting the Table: Storylines and stuff to watch as the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) prepare to play the Houston Texans (2-8) at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday…
The Jaguars by any measure are progressing.
They’re showing fight, and showing better results on the field since a midseason bye than before. They’re also doing it in difficult circumstances.
The task on Sunday? Keep doing it.
The Jaguars on Sunday lost to Arizona, 27-14, missing a chance for a second consecutive victory coming out of the bye, but scoring offensive touchdowns on their first two possessions for the first time this season.
The loss to the Cardinals came a week after the Jaguars’ first victory of the season, which came 29-27 over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. The last two weeks have marked the most competitive two-game stretch of the season, and they have come with the Jaguars facing adversity.
The Jaguars not only are playing without wide receiver
Posluszny missed the game with a concussion, the first time the team’s leading tackler has missed a game since signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent shortly before the 2011 season.
Posluszny is expected to practice this week, and should be available Sunday.
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley also said on Monday that
Henne completed 27 of 42 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions Sunday.
The Texans (2-8) have become one of the NFL’s surprise teams, but not in the way any team wants. Selected by many observers to win a third consecutive AFC South title and contend for the Super Bowl, the Texans’ season instead spiraled quickly. They enter Sunday’s game on a franchise-record eight-game losing streak, although they have been more competitive in recent weeks, with their last four losses at Kansas City, at home against Indianapolis, at Arizona and at home against Oakland coming by a combined 12 points. A difficult season took a strange turn Sunday when Head Coach Gary Kubiak replaced Case Keenum with Matt Schaub at quarterback late in the third quarter. Schaub began the season as the starter, and was benched in mid-October for Keenum, a former rookie free agent who had thrown eight touchdowns and one interception in four starts. Kubiak said Monday Keenum will start against Jacksonville.
The game at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, at 1 p.m. Sunday will be broadcast regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV-TV CBS-47. Bill Macatee will be the play-by-play voice with analysis from Steve Tasker.
Early matchup to watch
The Jaguars’ offense versus J.J. Watt. This obviously isn’t an absolute one-on-one matchup, because not everyone will block Watt. But handling Watt is more than just a one-person job. While Watt lines up most often at right defensive end in the Texans’ 3-4 scheme – meaning he will often be opposite Jaguars left guard
Player to watch
What to watch
*Posluszny has been cleared to practice after missing Sunday with a concussion. Bradley said the Jaguars could be cautious with contact this week with Posluszny….