It wasn’t pretty, but the Jacksonville Jaguars ensured they wouldn’t join the rare company of winless teams. Chad Henne was efficient with the football outside of his two interceptions and the defense was vital in forcing fumbles and turning knife. At this point the season is over for the Jaguars — that has been clear for weeks — but the defense is something to build with a new quarterback.
Chris Johnson was terrible against Jacksonville, but that’s not especially rare this season. He finished with 30 yards rushing and it was the fifth time he’s finished with fewer than 50 yards on the ground. Johnson has a tendency to punctuate big games with poor ones, and the issue extends beyond the Titans’ troublesome offensive line.
A back injury that forced Houston Texans running back Arian Foster to exit last week’s loss will keep him sidelined during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, interim head coach Wade Phillips announced.
Foster has missed practice this week after he suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Texans’ 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Phillips did not expand on a timetable for the Pro Bowler’s return.
Ben Tate, who rushed for 81 yards on 22 carries against the Colts, will fill in for Foster.
Foster has battled through injuries all season, also leaving a loss to Kansas City in Week 7 with a hamstring injury. After averaging 113.7 yards per game between Weeks 4 and 6, he has just 11 yards in limited playing time over the last two games. He has rushed for a total of 542 yards and scored two touchdowns this season.
Phillips is serving as the Texans’ interim coach while Gary Kubiak recovers from health problems.