Division Title Not Out of Reach

It's rare that a team can have playoff aspirations following a five game losing streak. The Jaguars are in that position as they have an important game with the Houston Texans this Sunday.

Before the Jaguars played the Baltimore Ravens Monday night, coach Del Rio told the players, "If you want respect, go get it."

The Jaguars got some respect by upsetting the Ravens, 12-7, to snap a five-game losing streak.

Now the question is whether the Jaguars can get themselves back in the playoff picture when they go to Houston next Sunday.

The Texans are 4-3 while the Jaguars are 2-5. But a Jaguars' victory would put them just one game behind the Texans going into their bye week.

Tennessee is 3-3, but the Titans were blown out by the Texans, 41-7, Sunday and lost their opener in Jacksonville.

A victory in Houston could be a springboard to a second-half surge.

Their first two games after the bye are at Indianapolis and Cleveland, a pair of losing teams.

So a victory over the Texans would seemingly give the Jaguars a reasonable chance to be 5-5 at the 10-game mark.

On the other hand, a loss to Houston would put them three games behind the Texans with a 2-6 record at the bye and would leave them little chance of getting back in the playoff pictures.

In a normal season, when Peyton Manning often the Colts at 6-1 or 7-0 at this stage, the Jaguars would already be out of the AFC South race.

But Manning's injury and the collapse of the Colts opened the door for a new division champion.

The Colts had won the division every year since 2002 with the exception of 2008 when they went 12-4 and finished second to Tennessee's 13-3.


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