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Texans' decision to match CB Jackson on WR Wayne curious

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By Arthur Arkush

Three weeks after being awarded a game ball by head coach Gary Kubiak following the win over the Falcons, Texans CB Kareem Jackson is in the doghouse again for a forgettable second half in Houston's demoralizing Week 16 defeat to the Colts.

Jackson, on the field only sporadically in the first half, with platoon mate Jason Allen receiving most of the reps, was torched twice by WR Reggie Wayne on the Colts' final drive. On 3rd-and-7 with a little more than one minute remaining, Wayne got behind Jackson on a double move and outleaped the second-year cornerback for a critical 34-yard catch. Then, on 1st-and-goal and only 24 seconds remaining, Wayne again beat Jackson for the game-winning score.

Although Jackson will get the brunt of the criticism — and perhaps a demotion for his struggles — we hear Kubiak's decision not to have No. 1 CB Johnathan Joseph mirroring Wayne was very surprising. Joseph has consistently covered the opposition's top wideout all season, but apparently Houston decided that was Pierre Garcon.

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