5 Jaguars that must shine vs. the Lions to win in Week 13

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NFL teams can get off to a slow start and still make the playoffs if they can get hot at the right time of the season, which is in late November and December. For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars won just two games in the first eight weeks but have gone 2-1 in their last three games.

While the Jags would need to run the table and probably a bit of luck to qualify for their postseason, they still have a chance. A slim one but a chance nonetheless. Of course, the margin for error is pretty narrow for the Jags moving forward.

A loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 13 wouldn’t be a fatal blow for the Jaguars but it would be pretty costly, which is why Jacksonville must bring their A-game to Ford Field. With that in mind, here are five players who must shine against the Lions to earn their victory in a row.

No. 5 Jaguars player who will need to shine in Week 13: JaMycal Hasty, RB

Jacksonville Jaguars running back JaMycal Hasty (22) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Travis Etienne is set to play for the Jaguars even though he suffered a foot injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 12. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media Friday he’s optimistic the second-year running back will suit up versus the Lions. But even if Etienne is fully healthy, the coaching staff might keep him on a snap count as a cautionary measure.

In the same manner, JaMycal Hasty could also get an increased workload to avoid leaning on Etienne too much. Against Baltimore, Hasty amassed 12 carries for 28 yards but he also had five catches for 67 and should be ready if he’s called upon in Week 13.