The Houston Texans won’t get their second chance to win the NFC West title.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, can’t get that second chance.
In the NFC, the Jacksonville Jaguars are on pace to have the worst record in the NFL, and the Texans could be in the same boat as the Jaguars if they don’t get a first-round bye in the playoffs.
They’re 0-6, with a 5-4 record in games decided by seven points or fewer.
That’s the second-worst record in a single season for any team in the league.
If the Texans win their next two games, they could become the first team in franchise history to finish with seven losses in the regular season and win the division by seven.
And if they’re lucky, that might just be enough for them to get in.
But the Texans are still a long shot.
Houston has a 6-10 record in regular-season games and lost by an average of 31 points per game.
The Jaguars have won by an even smaller margin of 31.7 points per contest.
This game could be decided by a combined 15 points, with only five Texans having scored at least five points against the Jaguars.
It’s a matchup between two teams with a combined winning percentage of .750 or worse.
Despite a strong defensive performance against the Saints in the first two games of the season, Jacksonville’s defense has been a mess since the bye.
Defensive coordinator Greg Olson is no longer a head coach, but he is still responsible for the defense.
New defensive coordinator Darrin Simmons has brought in two defensive linemen, including one who could become a future Pro Bowler.
And defensive end Calais Campbell is a free agent.
With this loss, the Texans will face a second straight season without their franchise quarterback.
AJ McCarron is the backup for the Texans, who have had two quarterbacks since Week 3.
He has thrown four touchdown passes against two interceptions and has yet to complete a pass against the Texans.
So if you’re looking for a reason to root for the Jaguars, this is a perfect time to do so.