Tennessee Titans (6-3)
Score this Week: Lost 17-34 to the Colts
The Titans not only lost a key game with heavy playoff implications, but also lost the Division lead against the Colts on Thursday. The Titans started off really hot on offense, but their lack of defense, and a piss-poor special teams performance, cost them the game.
Injuries: Left guard Rodger Saffold forced out of the game
Rodger Saffold was forced out of the game after getting his ankle rolled over by Taylor Stallworth. The Titans’ offensive line was already banged up before, so losing Saffold for any length of time would be a heavy blow to an already-depleted position group.
Looking Ahead: @Ravens
This is not a good matchup for the Titans, who struggle defending the run and are also facing one of the best run defenses in the entire NFL. Whatever team wins is good for the Colts’ playoff hopes.
Houston Texans (2-7)
Score this Week: Lost 7-10 to the Browns
Injuries: Senio Kelemete and Charles Omenihu questionable
The biggest worry here is Charles Omenihu who has been among the few Texans bright spots on defense, and his presence would be essential against a run-heavy New England team.
Looking Ahead: Vs. New England
The Patriots are tough to figure out, but a Bellichick-led team will always be dangerous. I don’t think New England has anything left to play for this season, but they are always a tough out.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
Score this Week: Lost 20-24 to the Packers
The Jaguars looked really good, and for a moment I thought they would be able to pull off the upset. In the end, however, Green Bay’s impressive arsenal of offensive weapons showed out and the Jags’ backup quarterback, Jake Luton, just could not do enough to muster the win.
Injuries: Linder, Shenault Jr, Cam Robinson questionable
The Jaguars’ offensive line is collapsing at the worst time possible, as they prepare to face some vaunted defensive fronts. Shenault Jr. has been banged up throughout the season, so his status is pretty much always in the air.
Looking Ahead: Vs. Pittsburgh
On paper, there is absolutely no chance on earth that this game is even competitive, but the Steelers have a history of underperforming against terrible teams, and the Jaguars seem to always get a really weird win at home. I would not be surprised if that happens this week. All I’m saying is, if you have some spare change, bet it on the Jaguars. You will most likely lose it, but I just feel this one in my gut.