Who would have thought that the Jaguars (2-5) would be playing in a meaningful late-October contest after their 1-5 start to the season?
Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup against the Texans (at Houston) serves as an opportunity for the Jaguars to take a two-game winning streak into a bye week. For a team that hasn't been able to win close games, winning two in a row against the Baltimore Ravens and the Texans would serve as a tremendous confidence boost, one that could propel them into the post season.
Obviously it's overzealous to call a playoff shot for a team that's offense is dead last in the NFL and is still three games away from getting to .500. But in the mediocre AFC South, .500 is all the Jaguars might need.
A win against the Texans would put the Jaguars at 3-5 heading into the bye. It would also give the Jaguars wins over division leaders Tennessee and Houston.
Before people start rolling their eyes, look at it this way: 3-5 heading into the bye, with games then against the winless Indianapolis Colts and a 3-3 Clevelnad Browns team that has also struggled on offense. Getting those two wins would get the Jaguars to .500 with an impending rematch against the Houston Texans. A win there would likely give the Jaguars control of their own postseason destiny.
Usually teams that are 2-5 have that record for a reason. That's the case for the Jaguars, but this isn't a typical bad team. There's actually a lot to like about the Jaguars, who could possibly be 5-2 with better clock management, punting and offensive execution in the red zone.
Jacksonville's defense is certainly good enough to beat all of the afore mentioned teams and with an improved punting game, so is the squad's special teams. Jacksonville beats the Cincinnati Bengals and the Carolina Punters if Nick Harris is on the team instead of Matt Turk.
All that's left is the offense, which can stand to grow through a confidence boost if the Jaguars can squeeze out a win this week.
It's far-fetched to think a squad with as many weaknesses as the Jaguars have can win four games in a row, but the Jaguars have mustered up a little momentum. In this league, a little momentum can go a long way.
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