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Bet on the NFL The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Washington Redskins this Sunday, December 26th in Week 17 of the 2010 NFL regular season. The Jags are racing for the top of the AFC South, and after a devastating loss last weekend to the Colts at 34-24, their playoff odds are getting slimmer and slimmer. Currently in second place, the Jags have a 8-6-0 record, as they face Washington’s 5-9-0 NFC East third place record.

It is the fourth time in the last seven years the Jaguars have lost control of their playoff destiny late in the season. They were 8-6 in 2004 when a Week 17 loss to Houston cost the Jaguars a playoff spot. In 2006, they were 8-5 and lost their last three. Last season, they were 7-5 and lost their last four. The Jaguars, though, are still alive in the playoff hunt. The clearest scenario is if the Colts lose one of their last two — at Oakland on Sunday or at home against Tennessee on Jan. 2 — and the Jaguars beat Washington at home Sunday and win their finale in Houston on Jan. 2. Also in Jaguars news, it looks like quarterback David Garrard was acting tough and did not let on to the severity of his finger injury during last week’s loss vs. the Indianapolis Colts. He was hit by Dwitght Freeney, a defensive end in the second half and had to have X-rays taken on his throwing hand. When betting on football take note, the quarterback seems to be feeling good as of last reports.

Online Sportsbook lists the Jaguars as the minus 7 point home favorites this weekend, with the total over under at 45.5 for Sunday.

In recent Redskins news, Former third-string quarterback John Beck will serve as the primary backup for new starter Rex Grossman during the Redskins' final two games, so Donovan McNabb essentially will be inactive against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. Last week we heard from coach Mike Shanahan that Rex Grossman would start against the Dallas Cowboys, and six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb will been benched for the remainder of the season, barring injury. Such is still so.



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