Jaguars, Titans Meet in Crucial Game to Determine the #6 Seed
They say that everything is bigger in Texas. The Texans have ruled the AFC South for the past couple years. But without JJ Watt, there comes a new division champion; DUUUU-VALLL! For the first time in franchise history the Jacksonville Jaguars own their first AFC South title under the name coined by their ferocious defense #Sacksonville.
As for the playoff seeding for this squad, they've already locked up the #3 seed in the AFC, which also means a Wild Card home playoff game for the Jags at Everbank Field. Their opponent in that game however remains unclear. As it stands now if the season ended today, Jacksonville would play their divisional foe the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card. To determine their opponent, the Jaguars have their season finale in Nashville to decide if the Titans, Bills, or Chargers will be playing them in the first round.
When it comes to the Titans and Jaguars matchup on New Year's Eve, it looks something like this. Back in Week 2 the Jaguars suffered a crushing home loss to Tennessee 37-16. Since then, they have won 10 of their last 13 games despite getting the division crown following last week's loss to Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers.
On the Titans side of things, they have lost their last 3 games, all of which were against non-conference opponents and were decided by margin of a touchdown or less. And boy does Marcus Mariota have his work cut out for him against this Jacksonville defense. Speaking of which, this Jaguars team's defense is the first in NFL history to lead the league in sacks, scoring, and total defense. What Mariota must do to survive is to get out of the pocket and escape from the elite Jacksonville pass rush in Calais Campbell, and Yannick Ngakoue.
When in the mentality and mindset of Blake Bortles, some might say that his gameplay of late has been close to perfection. In other words, he has been mistake-free in his last 3 games buy not throwing any interceptions. And he shouldn't have any trouble against Tennesee's defense next week since they didn't sack Jared Goff once, despite creating a forced fumble. For me I'm not worried about Blake Bortles' gameplay against the Titans, but the gameplay and performance of #Sacksonville and the Jaguars' world class secondary in second year player Jalen Ramsey, and former Houston Texans corner A.J. Bouye. They must focus on destroying the long ball and big plays as well as covering Tennessee's star receivers in Eric Decker, Corey Davis, Harry Douglas, and Rishard Matthews. Do that and Marcus Mariota will be bound for nightmares in playing against his biggest defense he's ever faced.
As for a prediction, who am I kidding! 28-13 Jaguars knock their biggest divisional enemy out of the Postesason where #Sacksonville is too much for Marcus Mariota to handle given the great effort he has made in coming so close in recent games and in taking the Titans to the Playoffs for the first time in 9 years.
Now it's time to talk about playoff scenarios and who will be the Jaguars' opponent in the AFC Wild Card Game. A win for Jacksonville knocks the Titans out of the Postseason. If both the Chargers and Bills lose next week along with the Titans losing, Tennessee would play the Jags again in the first round by virtue of a better conference record than both the Bills and Chargers. If the Titans and Chargers lose and bills win next week at Miami... (in fancy singing voice) Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halee-e-lu-jah! For the first time in 18 years, the Buffalo Bills are in the Playoffs!
But Buffalo fans, here comes the worst news you have ever heard in your entire lives since the Scott Norwood field goal miss in Super Bowl XXV. If the Titans lose and both the Chargers and Bills win, by virtue of head-to-head matches, the Chargers would be in the #6 seed. This comes obviously after the crushing 54-24 loss against the Chargers against backup Bills quarterback Nate "Five Pick" Peterman. Had the Bills stuck with Tyrod Taylor however, everything would be sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns (or in this case bison) in Buffalo, NY. But because of coach Sean McDermott's MOST STUPUDEST DECISION IN HIS COACHING CAREER BY NOT STARTING TYROD TAYLOR AND INSTEAD NATE PETERMAN, THE BILLS WILL HAVE TO WAIT NEXT YEAR FOR A PLAYOFF CHANCE. THANKS SEAN MCDERMOTT! YOU GET THE AWARD FOR MOST IDIOTIC COACH IN THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!
But in all seriousness, the Chargers would lock the #6 seed instead of Buffalo in being the Jaguars' Wild Card opponent. In terms of picking an opponent for Jacksonville to play against, it would have to be those first two (not including Buffalo or Baltimore). Titans because who would not want to see a third game between the two AFC South powerhouses. And chargers in that first off, who hates Phillip Rivers and second, who wants to watch Phillip Rivers little tiny crybaby face get sacked by the super scary Jaguar defense. But if I had to pick only one, it would be the Chargers. They have fought long and hard to get to where they are right now and they deserve a reward in the form of a playoff game to show their toughness in a stacked up AFC playoff race.
But whoever gets in the #6 seed and plays the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Game will have a very long day against the #Sacksonville defense and they will hear the thousands of fans from the stands to the pool (yes, they are the only NFL stadium to have an indoor pool) screaming at their team to sack the opposing quarterback.
And when it's all said and done, #6 will walk-off in defeat while this Jaguars team leads themselves to a win and the AFC Divisional. I can't imagine being the #6 seed quarterback hearing the intensity in the Jaguars fans' screams as they yell to the defense...