MNF Preview

Benjy MillerContributor IDecember 1, 2008

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) travel to Reliant Stadium tonight to face off with the Houston Texans (4-7). This is a game that will decide who is in last place in the AFC South.

With only four games left after this one, this is a must-win for both teams. Winning the AFC South is out of the question with the Titans leading. With the wild card going to Indianapolis (8-4) and Baltimore (8-4), Jacksonville and Houston will have to hope for a miracle to come out with a playoff spot. 

The last game played between the Jaguars and the Texans was an OT victory coming in the favor of the Jaguars. 

Jacksonville will need to stop a two-game losing streak in order to have a shot at the playoffs. Houston, coming off a win in Cleveland last week, will need to continue their streak.

The Texans average 371.3 ypg in total offense, which is fourth in the NFL. The Jaguars, on the other hand, average 314.8 ypg in total offense. The Texans are fourth in the NFL in passing, too, averaging 257.2 ypg. The Jaguars are 18th in the NFL averaging 204.6 ypg.

In the stats, the Jaguars are better than the Texans in only one category, but I feel that it is the most important statistic, total yards allowed. The Texans average 333.9 ypg, while the Jaguars average 318.9 ypg. 

Defense wins championships. But first, defense must win games. I believe that whoever has the best defense in this game will come out on top and have a shot at the AFC wild card. It seems like it may be impossible, but if a lot of stuff happens, whoever wins this game CAN find itself in an AFC wild card position.