That’s right. Despite sitting at just 4-5 a little over halfway through the season, the Jaguars can get to second place in their division with a win next week.
After a devastating loss to the Dolphins, the Colts are now 5-4. With a win over the Colts, the two teams would have the same record, and the Jaguars would own the tiebreaker, thanks to their head-to-head victory.
Should the Jaguars win over the Colts, they’d also have the same record as the Titans, who are 5-5 and have a week 11 bye. Jacksonville owns the tiebreaker over Tennessee thanks to a week three dismantling of their foes from Nashville.
So, a win over the Colts and the Jaguars are in second place in the AFC South.
Of course, the Jaguars will have to get back on track in order to achieve victory in Indianapolis, at a locale that they seldom emerge victoriously. But with a bit of magic from St. Nick, the Jaguars can get the job done. It also remains unclear whether QB Jacoby Brissett will be ready to play next week. He missed week 10 with an MCL sprain. And a loss, well, that would be a near death sentence for the 2019 Jaguars.
Jacksonville is unlikely to catch Houston in the division this year — the Texans are 6-3 and showing no signs of slippage — which means the Jaguars are competing for a wild card spot. And they’re actually right in the thick of things in that regard. With a record of 6-3, Buffalo is firmly entrenched as the top wild card team in the AFC right now. But behind them, the Steelers and Raiders and both 5-4, and then there’s the Colts and Titans, the next two teams on the Jaguars schedule. The Jags also have a date with the Raiders in Oakland later this year.
It’s pretty simple. If the Jaguars take care of business, they’ll be right in the thick of things for the AFC’s final wild card spot.
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