Jacksonville – Much has been achieved.
Doug Pederson conceded Friday, a day after the Jaguars won their third straight game to rein in their playoff fortunes. The head coach of the Jaguars also made it clear:
“We’ve got unfinished business,” Pedersen said Friday, the first of the Jaguars’ 19-3 victory over the New York Jets (7-8) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Two days, “I think the players felt it, and the guys felt it, and they believed it. That’s where we’re at.”
The Jaguars (7-8) won their third straight game and are within a half-game of division-leading Tennessee State (7-7) at No. 1 in the AFC South. The Jaguars have multiple playoff scenarios, including wild-card possibilities, but the most obvious are:
If they win their last two games, they will win the AFC South.
“I like where we are,” Pedersen said. “I like where we are as a football team. I like the space in the heads of the players, where we are now. We just have to focus on the next three or four days or so, getting fit and recharging a little bit here, and Good push here at the end of the season.”
The Jaguars will visit the Houston Texans (1-12-1) in Week 17 and host the Titans in the Week 18 regular season finale. The Titans host Houston Sunday and the Dallas Cowboys (10-4) in Week 17. If the Titans/Jaguars tie for first place and the Jaguars win the season finale, the Jaguars will win the South because that means they will sweep the Titans.
The first NFL division tiebreaker was a head-to-head record.
“I think the players really started to develop as the season progressed,” Pedersen said. “One of the things I appreciate about this team is how we stick together and how we battle adversity in the middle of the season.”