The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of just seven teams with playoff clinching scenarios this week.
What a time to be a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.
After years of ineptitude, the Jaguars are rolling in 2017, and play one of the biggest games of the week league-wide on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. It was already a big game for Jacksonville to prove they are indeed a team that should not be overlooked in January, as well as keep pace in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans, who lead the division as they currently own the tiebreaker over the Jaguars.
But while those themselves are important enough reasons to come out on top Sunday, the Jaguars actually have scenarios in which the team can clinch a playoff spot in week 14.
As you can see, the Jaguars are in elite company this week as one of only seven teams that can punch a ticket to the postseason. Obviously, looking at what all has to occur and needing four teams to lose, the odds are not necessarily favorable.
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The Miami Dolphins play the New England Patriots, so a Dolphins loss seems the most likely of the group. But outside of that matchup, a perfect storm of all four games going the Jaguars’ way is improbable.
The Buffalo Bills are fighting for a wild card berth, and get the 3-9 Indianapolis Colts at home. The suddenly resurgent Los Angeles Chargers are tied for first in the AFC West, and also have a game at home against the Washington Redskins. The fourth team needing to lose to catapult the Jaguars into the playoffs, the New York Jets, have a date with the Denver Broncos, who have lost eight in a row in a disastrous season.
Looking at all those matchups and what has to happen, Jacksonville probably won’t clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 this week. But to be one of just seven teams who even have that opportunity in week 14 shows the monumental leap Jacksonville has made in 2017.
Most importantly, the Jaguars can take matters into their own hands and not rely on other teams simply by continuing to win games, starting Sunday in a pivotal battle with the Seattle Seahawks.