The Jacksonville Jaguars are facing a tough situation as they have lost four games in a row, and their star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, is dealing with a shoulder injury. The Jaguars are currently in first place in the AFC South with an 8-7 record, tied with the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. However, Lawrence’s injury and the team’s recent losing streak have put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.
Lawrence sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder and is undergoing testing to determine the severity of the injury. This will determine whether he will be able to play in Week 17 and beyond. The quarterback has shown his resilience throughout the season, playing through previous injuries, such as a sprained knee and a high ankle sprain.
If the season ended today, the Jaguars would clinch the division title and earn the #4 seed in the AFC playoffs. However, the Colts currently occupy the #7 seed and would qualify for the postseason as an AFC wild-card team. The Texans are still in the playoff bubble, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.
Despite Lawrence’s injury, the Jaguars are favored to win their upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers. However, the team will face a tough challenge in their final game of the season against the Tennessee Titans, whom they defeated earlier in the season. The Colts and Texans are also in the race for the division title, making the AFC South a three-way race.
The Jaguars’ playoff chances look promising, and they have a 74% chance of making the playoffs, according to projections. However, their odds of winning the AFC Championship and Super Bowl have shifted due to their recent losing streak. At the end of Week 12, the Jaguars were considered strong contenders for the Super Bowl, but now their odds have slipped. Despite the challenges, the Jaguars remain a team to watch as they head into the final stretch of the season.