The Jaguars suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Blaine Gabbert and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. It's been all doom and gloom for Jaguars fans since they lost to their former QB.
But I'm here to tell you not all hope for this season is lost.
Yes, the Jaguars offense is floundering. But, guess what?! The defense is still the best unit in football.
This is still a team that can compete with any other team in the NFL on a given Sunday and more times than not will win.
Combine the best defense that we've seen in the NFL in several years with the fact that the Jaguars still play three of the worst teams in football and you have the recipe for a playoff run.
The Jaguars take on the Colts this week at EverBank Field. Earlier this season, in week seven, the Big Cats took down the Colts with ease. They should be able to do the same in week 13 based on the massive gap in talent between the two teams.
The following week the Jaguars take on the Seahawks, who present a major challenge. Their defense is banged up with key injuries in the secondary, but the Seattle offense has been making plays as of late. The Seahawks have won six of their last eight ball games and will be a massive test for the Jaguars. The Bank should be rocking when Russell Wilson and the Hawks come to town.
The Jaguars play a third straight home game the next week against the Texans. The Texans were a formidable foe prior to DeShaun Watson's season ending knee injury, but are now one of the worst team's in the NFL. This season was wrecked by injuries on both sides of the ball for Houston.
If the Jaguars handle business against the Colts and Texans (they will), and fall to the Seahawks then they'll be sitting at 9-5 with two games left on the schedule.
The Jags second to last game is in San Francisco. The 49ers have won just once this season. Even with Jimmy Garoppolo under center the 49ers stand little chance against these Jaguars. That should get the Jags to 10-5.
Then the Jaguars head to Nashville to take on their arch-rival the Titans. In a game that could decide the winner of the AFC South, the Jaguars will look to even the score with the Titans, who embarrassed them in week two.
Regardless of whether or not the Jaguars are able to beat the Titans in week 17, this a team that should make the playoffs. In this scenario, with a loss to the Titans, the Jaguars would finish 10-6, which at the very least should earn the team a wild card spot.
The point is: the Jaguars are going to make the playoffs. Whether or not they will be able to compete once they get there is a completely different story.
Do you consider the Jaguars a lock to make the playoffs? Let us know in the comments below.
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