It took second-year Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert three weeks to accumulate more than 350 yards and four touchdowns passing this season. It only took current starter Chad Henne one game against the Houston Texans to do the same.
It was reported on Monday by the Associated Press via ESPN.com that the Jaguars have named Henne the starter for Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans. On Wednesday the team's official Twitter account reported that Gabbert would be placed on injured reserve:
#Jaguars place Blaine Gabbert (rt forearm/left shoulder)and Laurent Robinson (concussion) on injured reserve.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) November 21, 2012
With that news and the fantasy football playoffs coming up right around the corner, Henne's momentum and upcoming matchups make him a can't-miss pickup for the stretch run.
Over the last six weeks of the season, Henne and the Jags will play Tennessee, at Buffalo, the New York Jets, at Miami, New England and finish at Tennessee. The Jets are the only team Jacksonville has left to play that boasts an above-average secondary.
Tennessee is absolutely horrid defending the pass in 2012. The Titans rank 26th in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed per game (266) and are tied for 27th in fewest passing touchdowns allowed, having surrendered 20 in just 10 games.
After watching Henne carve up the Houston Texans' secondary in Week 11, it's hard to imagine him struggling against Tennessee's porous pass defense, which Jacksonville will face twice before the end of the year.
As for the four AFC East opponents the Jaguars have yet to face, only the Jets—who rank fourth and 13th respectively in fewest passing yards and touchdowns allowed—have a formidable secondary capable of knocking Henne down a notch.
The Buffalo Bills rank 18th in fewest passing yards allowed (234) and a measly 25th in fewest passing touchdowns given up (19). Meanwhile, Miami is tied with Tennessee for 26th-worst against the pass, giving up 266 yards per game through the air.
Week 16's home matchup against the New England Patriots will likely crack up to be another loss for Jacksonville, but not a poor performance from Henne. After all, the Patriots give up the third-most passing yards per game (290) in the NFL in 2012 and have surrendered a league-worst (tied with New Orleans) 21 touchdown passes in 10 games this year.
There's no denying that Henne has one of the biggest arms in the NFL, and that he brings the potential for a 300-yard, three-score day to the table each and every week. Unlike Gabbert, Henne has loads of experience and is coming off a huge game.
With a string of favorable matchups coming up, Chad Henne is set to prove he's not just a one-hit wonder.
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