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Precisely one month ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars had been 0-eight and had analysts legitimately wondering whether or not they’d be the second group in NFL history to complete 0-sixteen. After an surprising turnaround that features Thursday evening’s victory over the Houston Texans, Jacksonville now sits at four-9, a greater file than 2012 playoff groups just like the Falcons, Redskins and the aforementioned Texans.
Though Jacksonville’s current three-game profitable streak is more than likely just building a foundation for next season (and moving the Jags down the draft board), there’s nonetheless a not-so-loopy situation wherein the workforce may truly make the playoffs. I mean, it’s crazy, nevertheless it’s not that loopy. Here’s the way it may play out, through ESPN’s Playoff Machine:
• Jacksonville wins out …
… (vs. Buffalo, vs. Tennessee and at Indianapolis in Week 17, when the Colts will doubtless relaxation its starters earlier than internet hosting a wild card game).
• Tennessee loses …
… to Denver on Sunday and only wins one in every of two towards the Cardinals and Texans.
• Baltimore loses …
… games to the Lions, Patriots and Bengals.
• Miami beats Pittsburgh …
… on Sunday, then loses its final three to New England, Buffalo and the Jets.
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• The Steelers lose …
… two of their ultimate 4 video games (vs. Miami, vs. Cincinnati, at Inexperienced Bay, vs. Cleveland).
• Rex Ryan and the Jets …
… proceed being Rex Ryan and the Jets by beating the Dolphins in Week 17 and dropping two of three video games to the Raiders, Browns and Panthers.
And similar to that, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a road sport within the first spherical of the NFL playoffs. Simple peazy, proper?
Okay, after all there’s virtually no probability of all these items happening in tandem. None of these eventualities is that far-fetched, but all of them taking place at the similar time would take a minor miracle, and that ship sailed for Jacksonville after they failed to sign Tim Tebow.
Nonetheless, it’s Dec. 6 and the phrases “Jaguars” and “playoffs” are being used collectively and not drawing guffaws. That’s an accomplishment in itself.
(Because of @fbgchase for sharing this far-fetched, but fun, situation.)