They did it! The Jacksonville Jaguars are the 2022-23 AFC South Division Champions. They earned that title after defeating the Tennesse Titans in a winner-take-all Week 18 matchup for the division. It was an impressive season for them and it came out of nowhere.
The Jaguars could have still made the playoffs if they lost but they would have needed the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Miami Dolphins to all lose. That is certainly not something that you want to hope for as it is incredibly unlikely that all three of them would lose.
Winning this division is an incredible accomplishment for this Jaguars team. There are people that are going to rip on it because they are division champions at 9-8. This isn’t the NFC South where every team is pretty mediocre. The Jaguars started off badly but have gotten so good down the stretch.
It is obvious now that Trevor Lawrence has arrived. Since Week 9, about half the season, he has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
The AFC as a whole now has a murderer’s row with him, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Patrick Mahomes. That is not an easy group to beat in order to reach the Super Bowl.
The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off an impressive playoff berth this year.
A lot of people came through to help the Jaguars win this game. It kind of was their season in a nutshell. They won the game after being down and out for most of the contest. A late-game fumble return for a touchdown by Josh Allen was the difference for Jacksonville.
It was an incredible scene for them as they are now headed back to the NFL Postseason for the first time since 2017. Now that they are in, they will believe that they can beat anybody.
Head coach Doug Pederson deserves a lot of credit for this team’s success. There is a chance that he comes out of this with a “Coach of the Year” award and it will be well deserved.
This Jaguars team started the year 2-6 after eight games. Teams are more likely to have the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft after a start like that rather than become division champions. This is truly special.
Again, don’t look down on them because of the division. This is a team that took advantage of a bad division by turning the corner about halfway through the year. Now, with their new superstar quarterback, the sky is the limit for them in the coming years.