Del Rio: Too Early To Talk Playoffs

Coach Jack Del Rio isn't ready to start talking about the playoff picture.

"It's too early to think and talk like that," Del Rio said after the Jaguars upset the Tennessee Titans, 28-13, Sunday to put them in good position in the wild-card playoff race.

If the season ended today, the Titans and Jaguars would be the two AFC wild-card teams.

But Del Rio said, "I think the primary focus for us is the next opponent and the next challenge. Obviously, you have got to win. What you have to do is continue to win games. Anything beyond that is just talk and you guys can have fun with it, but we need to focus on the simple fact of preparation for each opportunity you get to perform."

Their next opportunity Sunday is against San Diego.

But with seven games left, it's easy to start looking at the playoff picture.

The Jaguars are currently tied with Tennessee at 6-3 for the two AFC wild-card spots, while Cleveland and Buffalo are a game back at 5-4. They play the Bills in two weeks and the Bills play at Cleveland on Dec. 16, so the Browns and Titans are probably the teams the Jaguars have to worry about in the battle for the playoff run.

They're also only a game behind the Colts in the battle for the AFC South race, but they've already lost to the Colts, 29-7, and must play the rematch at Indianapolis on Dec. 2 so a wild-card berth may be the most realistic shot.

Cleveland is a game behind the Jaguars and Titans but has the easiest schedule. Its final seven are road games against the Ravens, Cardinals, Jets and Bengals and home games against the Texans, Bills and 49ers.

The Titans and Jaguars have three common foes left -- San Diego, Indianapolis and Houston. The Titans' other four games are at Denver, Cincinnati and Kansas City and a home game against the Jets.

The Jaguars' other four are home games against the Bills and Panthers and road games against the Steelers and Texans.

Even if the Jaguars lose their two toughest tests left at Indianapolis and at Pittsburgh, they can finish 11-5 by winning the other five games and that should be enough to get them in the playoffs.


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