NFL Week 12 Picks: Matt Leinart Will Prove Critics Wrong vs. Jaguars

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 25, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Quarterbacks Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and Matt Leinart #11 of the Houston Texans greet each other after the Ravens 29-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 29-14.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Matt Schaub's season-ending injury has hurt the Houston Texans' chances of winning the Super Bowl this season, but backup QB Matt Leinart will prove his critics wrong against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week with a huge win.

Leinart has been labelled as a "9-to-5" guy who does not put in the extra work needed to be a great NFL player, but he has improved his work ethic since leaving the Arizona Cardinals.

The Texans could have let Leinart go in the offseason because he was a free agent, but they felt he was important to the offense and he was re-signed for them.

Leinart has a lot of talent; you cannot question that. He is a good passer who has solid pocket awareness.

The best part about his upcoming challenge with the Texans this season is that he won't have to be a star.

The Texans just don't want him to make too many mistakes. Leinart is backed up by the best running back duo in the NFL by far with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.

Foster is arguably the best running back in football, and Tate is a fabulous backup. Both backs are also very good receivers, and they will help Leinart with short passes when the pocket collapses.

The Jaguars' defense has played well against the pass this season, but their offense has been unable to score many points this season.

Jacksonville only scores 12.5 points per game, and the Texans' offense will have an easy time scoring enough points to win this game and improving to 8-3. 

Leinart has too many weapons on offense not to be successful with the Texans. Despite not having Schaub, Houston will beat the Jaguars in Week 12 and maintain their lead in the AFC South.