Off Sunday’s convincing win over the Colts to complete the season sweep, the Jaguars have now improved to 8-4 and are in prime position to make their first playoff appearance in 11 seasons (2007).
Here’s a look at what stands in front of them down the stretch for the Wildcard berth, and, don’t snicker, an AFC South title and possible bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Currently, the Jags and the Titans are tied atop the AFC South with the same record. However, Tennessee holds the head to head tiebreaker for the moment by virtue of their win in Jacksonville.
So, the Jaguars technically sit in the #5 spot by a full game over everyone chasing, as a Wildcard team for January.
Obviously, the season ending rematch with Tennessee looms large. If the Jags win out, they will be 12-4 and are guaranteed to win the division over the Titans.
Currently, the Patriots are the AFC’s #1 seed at 10-2, and going into Monday Night Football, the Steelers are 9-2 playing at Cincinnati. A win keeps them tied for the top seed with the Pats, but a loss has them only a game in front of the Jaguars for seeding down the road.
And Jacksonville has the impressive head to head win over Pittsburgh early this year, if it comes to it for seeding, byes, etc.
Baltimore is 7-5 and currently in the #6 spot for the Wildcard, and the good news for the Jags is that they also beat the Ravens senseless in London in September, and have that tiebreaker, too.
Jacksonville has four games remaining, a humongous showdown with the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at Everbank Field. Seattle, off their stirring Sunday night win over Philadelphia, is chasing an NFC playoff berth. It’s a huge game for both teams.
Then, the Jags play their final home game on 12/17 hosting beatable Houston. They then travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers, who beat the Bears Sunday, on Christmas Eve before the finale’ in Nashville.
As for the Titans, they play back to back road games in the West the next two weeks with the Cardinals and those same 49ers on December 17th. They then host the tremendous turnaround storied L.A. Rams on Christmas Eve before the Jaguars game.
It is very likely that both the Jaguars and the Titans will lose at least a game before their December 31st showdown. But, we’ll see.
For now, the Jaguars are in great shape and likely, two more wins (getting them to 10) secures a playoff spot.
If they win out? They are obviously AFC South champs and could get a bye, too.
Fun times to play and scoreboard watch in North Florida.
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