Sitting at 3-6, the Jaguars remain legitimate contenders for the playoffs thanks to the ineptitude of the AFC South. The Houston Texans made the road to the postseason a little bit tougher with a win over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, but the Jaguars still essentially control their own destiny.
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The Jaguars are going to be seen as a team on the rise thanks to their recent victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but it’s fair to say that might have been the least deserved victory in franchise history. A completely fluky and unnecessary facemask call at the end of the game gifted the Jaguars a victory and gave kickerJason Myers
the chance to save his job.
Here’s where the Jaguars fell in some of the power rankings around the web after an unfathomable victory:
"26. Jacksonville JaguarsNever count out the Jaguars. They’re one of the worst teams in the NFL yet they’re in a position where they could very well take possession of the AFC South in the weeks to come. The Colts are sinking, the Titans are no good and the Texans are barely functioning.Jacksonville got a key win against the Ravens on Sunday, and while it’s not the type of win that will turn everyone’s mind when it comes to how seriously to take the Jaguars, it was a nice win for Blake Bortles to notch on his belt. Jacksonville might make a run at the AFC Playoffs and it’s going to at least make them interesting down the stretch.LAST WEEK: 27"
"24. Jaguars (3-6) HIGH: 24 / LOW: 32The NFL admitted that it blew a call on what should have been a false start on Jacksonville’s game-winning drive, but the big victory leaves the Jaguars just one game out of first place in the AFC South."
"26. JaguarsThe 3-6 Jaguars host the 2-7 Titans on Thursday, while the 4-5 Colts, who are tied for first in the AFC South, are turning to Matt Hasselbeck in Andrew Luck‘s absence. Can the Jaguars make a run at the division title?"
"27. JaguarsAt 3-6, they are alive in the division race. How is that possible?"
"28. Jaguars :They still aren’t there yet, but they are taking steps in the right direction. A win on the road is a big turning point for this program. Last Week: 30"
"27. JaguarsThe Jaguars will take it. Gus Bradley will take it. And Blake Bortles took a brutal facemask for the team, to set up Jason Myers’ game-winning field goal in Baltimore. If you didn’t see the penultimate play in Baltimore, here it is again. Elvis Dumervil‘s boneheaded penalty — and a miscue by officials, apparently — vaults Jacksonville into the playoff discussion, given the Colts’ shaky lead in the AFC South. In case you were wondering, Indy comes to town on Dec. 13. In the meantime, the Jags have two winnable home games on tap (Thursday night vs. the Titans and Week 12 vs. the wounded Chargers), followed by a trip to Tennessee and then the aforementioned home matchup with the Horseshoe. This division could get dicey."
Color me skeptical still about the Jaguars’ postseason chances. My opinion isn’t going to change much after that brutal offensive performance in Baltimore. It’s a game the Jaguars probably should have lost even though they won the turnover battle and finally got some defensive backs to intercept the ball. I’ll move them up in my rankings, but I still need to see them play a complete game and put a string of good games together before I completely buy in.
My ranking for the Jaguars after week 10: 28