Chances of Ravens-Jaguars playoff matchup decreasing

The odds of the Ravens seeing the Jaguars in the first round of the playoffs are shrinking by the second.

Needing a win and a Colts loss to make the playoffs (where they could face the Ravens), Jacksonville will likely be without both their starting quarterback and running back in Sunday’s game against the Texans.

There are reports today that Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will miss the regular season finale against Houston because of a finger injury, while star running back Maurice Jones-Drew is also likely to miss Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

That means former Bills quarterback Trent Edwards will get the start under center for Jacksonville. That can’t be a pleasant thought for Jags fans.

Rashard Jennings would start at running back if Jones-Drew can’t play.

If the regular season ended today, the Ravens would face the Colts in the first round of the playoffs. But, if Jacksonville beats Houston this weekend and the Colts lose to the Titans, the Jags would earn the AFC South title and could end up being the team that the Ravens see in their opening-round matchup.

Given the injury situation going on in Jags country right now, however, that scenario is looking much less likely.

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