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Houston Texans: The Tank Job Should Begin Against the Jacksonville Jaguars

Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

The continued tradition of terrible Thursday night NFL matchups will manage to reach a new low in Week 14 as the 2-10 Houston Texans visit the 3-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network’s scheduling folks would probably like this one back, as subjecting a national TV audience to this showdown can be best described as borderline cruel and unusual.

The Houston Texans have to like where they find themselves with four weeks remaining in an abysmal 2013 campaign — the driver’s seat for the top overall pick in next year’s draft. Two losses to the hapless Jags in three weeks would further help to cement 2014’s No. 1 overall, they just have to keep their noses to grindstone and not do anything monumentally stupid, like winning a football game.

While this version of the Texans is certainly saddled with a handful of deficiencies, and the first pick in the draft certainly isn’t fixing the entire problem, it’s a start to getting the team back on the right track.

If there is one thing to be taken from the last six games (losses), it’s that while replacement QB Case Keenum has been more effective than longtime incumbent Matt Schaub, he’s not the definitive answer for years to come.

While the Texans can’t fly to Jacksonville and lose on purpose (publicly), absolutely no good comes from winning another game in the 2013 NFL season. Changes within the coaching staff and front office have already been cemented, regardless of the outcome of these last four games. Houston would have their pick of a handful of quarterbacks coming out of college thought to be ready to make an impact on the professional level.

Regardless of which young QB the team decides is most likely to be a franchise player for the team for the next decade or so, Houston simply can’t afford to relinquish what they’ve worked so hard for during this franchise-record 10-game losing streak.

Gary Kubiak isn’t long for Houston anyways. The team backing into a couple meaningless wins would be the most fitting way for the Kubiak era to end. Just good enough to screw up draft position on the coach’s way out the door.

With Houston sports luck, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel will get drafted by Jacksonville and instantly morph into some kind of Russell Wilson/Joe Montana hybrid, giving the Texans fits for a decade or so.

Don’t do it Gary! Texans 2-14 in 13′!

Jason Weingartner is a Houston Texans writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.