Why we’re rooting for the Jaguars’ return to the playoffs
Posted On July 16, 2021
With an NFC South-leading record and a win over the Dolphins in Week 15, the Jaguars are already within striking distance of their first playoff berth since 2008.
That’s a long way from where they were in 2013, when they lost to the 49ers and Panthers in the playoffs.
Now, they are three games back of the Falcons, who will need a playoff run to win the division.
But even with a victory Sunday against the Panthers and the loss of linebacker D.J. Swearinger to a season-ending knee injury, the Jags have a lot to play for, and they have a ton of momentum heading into the playoffs:They’ve won three straight, with an 8-3 record in the last seven weeks.
They have three games remaining in the regular season.
They are 3-0 in their last four playoff games.
They will face the Cowboys in Week 11, which is tied for the second-most playoff games in NFL history.
They beat the Packers in Week 10 to clinch a playoff spot.
They went to the NFC title game against the 49er, but lost that one to the Cardinals.
They’ll face the 49-point underdog Raiders in Week 13.
They won their final two games against the Chiefs, Rams and Giants, and the Jets.
The Raiders are 4-1 in their first five games and will face a Colts team that is 3-2 since the start of the regular campaign.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Jaggedens are able to pull off the comeback, because they are in the NFC South and the Raiders have a big road game coming up against the Falcons.
Jaguars at Falcons, 4:25 p.m.
ET (ABC, ESPN)Jaguard defensive tackle Jordan Trippier said the team is still feeling the effects of injuries to key players, which he said has affected the way they practice and how they train.
It’s a tough way to practice.
You’re not sure if you’re going to be able to do it, and you don’t know if you can get the rest that you need.
Jags offensive tackle B.
J (BJ Blazek) Tynan said he’s been in the process of going through that process since his knee injury.
“I feel like I can go in and make plays, so I’m going to try to be as consistent as I can,” Tynans said.
“We’ll see how that goes.”
The Falcons are 1-2 in the second half of the season and have dropped two of their last three games.
The Jaguars have won six of seven and are riding a five-game winning streak after their first losing streak of the year in January.
The Jags are also 3-1 since the beginning of the first week of the preseason.
They lead the NFC East at 6-1 and have the league’s third-best defense.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked seven times in his last seven games.
He has thrown for 4,056 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Falcons have won seven straight, including the playoffs, and will take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Jagies: WR Jordan Tripps (neck), WR Michael Robinson (foot), CB Jalen Collins (knee), TE Jakeem Grant (hamstring), LB Dante Fowler Jr. (calf), S Mike Williams (groin), WR Justin Hardy (hambone), TE Tyler Boyd (hammarmer), DT Justin Perry (ankle), LB B.D. Jennings (ankles), LB Michael Schofield (knees), S Marcus Williams (shoulder), LB Paul Posluszny (anklet)Jags: QB Matt Ryan (ankled), QB Chad Henne (kicked), RB C.
J Anderson (hammed), WR Allen Hurns (hammy), TE Jordan Matthews (hammer), CB Corey Graham (kneed), WR Kenny Britt (hammock), TE Blake Bell (hammurder), TE Julius Thomas (hamburger), TE Evan Engram (hamstrings), CB Kevin King (hambroken), S Bradley Roby (hamgroin)Falcons: LB Brian Poole (groinal) LB Justin Durant (knot), S Kevin King Jr. (+3) LB Jerrell Freeman (knesis), S Michael Thomas (+5) DT Alex Mack (hamstrick), DT Robert Ayers (+5), S Ricardo Allen (+5).