Jaguars Rooting Interests
With a 1-9 record, the most victories the Jacksonville Jaguars can possibly have this season is seven. With remaining games at Indianapolis, followed by the New York Giants and Houston Texans at home, a road trip to Baltimore before hosting the Titans, the Jaguars will finish their season on December 28th in Reliant Stadium to take on the Houston Texans.
With that remaining schedule the Jaguars are likely going to finish with no more than four victories.
We’re going to look at who Jaguars fans should be rooting for this weekend.
The 3-6 Chicago Bears host the 4-5 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Although both teams are likely to surpass the Jaguars expected win total, Jags fans should be hoping for Smokin’ Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman to get things back on track.
The Houston Texans already have four victories with two games remaining against Jacksonville. Since the Texans play the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and the Jaguars have played both teams this season, it really doesn’t affect the team’s strength of victory. Do what feels natural, which will be cheering against the Texans. If they do somehow pull off a victory then it would likely benefit the Jags.
The 3-6 Atlanta Falcons take on the 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers. It’s really a toss-up who Jaguars fans should cheer for as both teams look like they’re headed in the wrong direction. Since former Jaguars coach Mike Smith leads the Falcons and he’s one of the great guys in the NFL, he needs the victory to keep his job. I’m rooting for the Falcons.
The 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to D.C. to take on the 3-6 Washington Redskins. It would obviously behoove Jaguars fans if the Bucs found a way to get their second win.
The 3-6 St. Louis Rams host the 7-2 Denver Broncos. It would be nice to see the Rams get their fourth win, but don’t count on it.
New York Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell guaranteed a victory in his team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Let’s hope that Fewell’s prophecy is accurate as the Giants are looking for their fourth win of the season. We get to root for Tom Coughlin again which is always great, but if the Giants lose, it will help the Jaguars ever so slightly in their strength of schedule as they host New York in two weeks.
Right now the Oakland Raiders would have the first-overall pick in the 2015 draft, due to their winless 0-9 start. A Raiders victory helps the Jaguars in two ways- it brings Oakland to a tie and worsens the Jags strength of schedule with a Chargers loss. The Raiders tend to play the Chargers pretty tough so however unlikely an upset is, it’s not impossible.
The Eagles play the Packers and although these teams both will have better records than the Jags, an Eagles loss helps the Jaguars in tiebreaks.
Jacksonville isn’t going to catch the Colts in the AFC South, but a Colts’ loss to the Patriots will help the Jaguars in tiebreaks. And it’s always fun to root against Indianapolis.
Finally, the Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans on Monday night football. It feels unnatural, but Jaguars fans should be rooting for the 2-7 Titans to win the game. Tennessee has a real shot of losing the rest of their games with Zach Mettenberger at quarterback and that would bring them closer to getting a potential franchise quarterback. Let’s at least hope that they have to trade significant assets to move up to get that QB.
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