Last weekend was literally a perfect weekend for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aside from their come from behind 18-15 victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Jaguars saw Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Denver and Houston each lose. This weekend is already off to a rockier start for the Jags as the Denver Broncos recorded a 26-6 victory over the New York Giants. Let's see how we need the rest of the games to play out:
Carolina vs. New York Jets - At 4-6, the Jets are pretty much out of it, but not mathematically. Just like any AFC vs. NFC matchup, the Jaguars need the NFC team to win. Odds of that happening? Pretty good, as the Jets are in a serious swoon, dropping six of their last seven games.
Miami vs. Buffalo - The Jaguars need the Bills to put forth the same effort they did last week, but finish the job this Sunday against the Dolphins. At 5-5, the Dolphins are certainly a playoff contender and any loss they would suffer certainly helps the AFC teams that are still in the hunt. Odds of that happening? It's possible. Miami is without Ronnie Brown, and the Bills played motivated football last week.
Cleveland vs. Cincinnati - This game likely won't have any great significance on the AFC wild-card, but since the Bengals have a 7-3 record, AFC wild-card teams should cheer for them to lose. Odds of that happening? Not likely, as Cleveland is the worst team in football right now.
Indianapolis vs. Houston - As unnatural as this will be for Jaguars fans, the team will be rooting for the Colts for the second consecutive week. Nobody in the AFC South has any chance of catching the Colts, and the Houston Texans have a 5-5 record. An Indianapolis victory could go a long way in burying the Texans. Odds of that happening? Very good, as the Texans have only defeated Indianapolis once in team history.
Kansas City vs. San Diego - Although it's probably not as important as some of the other games, fans of teams in the AFC wild-card race should be cheering for the Chiefs. San Diego has a 7-3 record and are currently first in the AFC West, but with a loss their conference mark would be at a very pedestrian 5-4. Odds of that happening? The spreads don't lie, and the Chargers are a two-touchdown favorite. Translation: Not likely.
Arizona vs. Tennessee - After an 0-6 start, the likelihood of the Titans figuring in to the playoff race as anything more than a spoiler was a long-shot. Since, the Titans have won four straight and are a dangerous team. Although it likely won't matter in the long-term, fans should be cheering for the defending NFC champion Cardinals to travel to Nashville and leave with a victory. Odds of that happening? 50/50 assuming Kurt Warner plays. If he doesn't, the Titans will make it five straight.
Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore - There are many reasons to watch this game, and all fans of teams in the race should be pulling for the Ravens. At 6-4, the Steelers are clearly in the hunt and another loss would help everyone chasing them. A loss would also drop the Steelers conference record to 4-4, which would help many teams in potential tiebreak situations. Odds of that happening? It's tough to say. The Steelers have owned the Ravens of late, but with a potentially injured Ben Roethlisberger, anything is possible.
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