Updated Nov. 22
How would you like to pin your playoff hopes, and maybe more, on those two quarterbacks?
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That's what the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears face in the final two months. They are two of the top 10 teams in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings, and now both must play with a backup quarterback the rest of the way.
For Houston, it shouldn't end its playoff hopes. The Texans have essentially a three-game lead in the division with six to go. Only a total collapse would prevent them from making the playoffs.
As for the Bears, they have problems. The schedule is soft, but Hanie has never started a game. At least Leinart was a starter early in his career.
There is some feeling Leinart was too immature when he came into the league with the Arizona Cardinals, ill equipped to handle the expectations of being a high pick, and that the system wasn't tailored to his game the way the Texans system can be.
Leinart will get a good early test Sunday in Jacksonville against the Jaguars' sixth-ranked defense.
As for Hanie, he did some good things in relief of Cutler in the NFC Championship Game, but that's not really a fair way to gauge him. We won't know much about him for certain until he plays against the Raiders this week.
Losing a quarterback can sometimes be a death blow for a team. See: Colts, Indianapolis.
In the case of the Texans, it won't be.
In the case of the Bears, it could be.
It's so weird to see two of the league's power teams reduced to starting backups the rest of the regular season a week apart.