The Jacksonville Jaguars, a young and developing team that plays in the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC), have a Won-Loss record of 4-8 and a “puncher’s chance” of overtaking the squad that is in first place, the Indianapolis Colts.
The team from Indiana has won only half of its twelve games and has a two game lead over the home team Jaguars, making the contest between them this Sunday afternoon critically important. Jacksonville lost a heart-breaker to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, but was dynamic offensively.
It will have to reach the opposing end zone frequently when it competes against the visiting Colts if it wants to win the game. Indianapolis has been playing without its franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck, but has been able to “put points on the board” and remain competitive behind the direct of veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck.
That said, the Colts are beatable, especially “on the road.” Jacksonville will enjoy the support of a raucous and excited home crowd because its fans understand that a win in the upcoming game can put the Jaguars in a position to actually overtake Indianapolis and earn divisional honors.
The truth for both of these teams is that a Wild Card is probably already out of reach because there are several teams in the conference that have better records. So, in order to make it to the postseason the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars will have to “win the division.”
The Colts, with their 6-6 record, are tied with the Houston Texans and those two squads have the advantage right now. But there are four games remaining to be played and if Jacksonville tops Indianapolis this Sunday and Houston loses (a possibility), it will become an exciting “three team race to the wire” in the AFC South Division.
It could happen because Jacksonville has a potent offense led by second year QB Blake Bortles. It is also a squad that was not expected to compete for a chance to play in January. The fact that expectations for this young team have been low may enable it to play pressure-free. And if that takes place, this team can pull off an upset against the visitors from Indiana and ride the momentum gained from the victory to additional wins down the stretch.
The truth is that Jacksonville has a real chance to “catch lightning in a bottle” and become a true playoff team. Of course, if the Colts and the Texans play up to their respective skill levels, it may not matter that Jacksonville plays well. The Jaguars will not be able to catch and then overtake the teams that are ahead of them.
It is this kind of uncertainty that makes professional football so exciting for fans. The game between the Colts and Jaguars will certainly feature inspired play, fierce hitting and individual heroics from players that “seize the moment.”
Fans that attend this game are in for a treat.
Courtesy of Fansided