Time to panic? Jaguars barely hold onto No. 4 seed in the AFC

Time to panic? Jaguars barely hold onto No. 4 seed in the AFC

The Jacksonville Jaguars have dropped three games in a row, all to AFC North opponents, and most recently to Baltimore. The Ravens remain the top seed in the conference, but despite a brutal December so far, the Jaguars also remain the No. 4 seed and AFC South leader.

The Colts and the Texans have each joined the Jaguars at 8-6, however. Jacksonville does have the easiest remaining schedule (at TB, vs CAR, at TEN). Doug Pederson’s team needs just two more wins for a strong chance to make the playoffs.

Here’s how the AFC stands as of today.

1. Baltimore Ravens – x (11-3)

2. Miami Dolphins (10-4)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5)

4. Jacksonville Jaguars* (8-6, 4-1 AFCS)

5. Cleveland Browns (9-5)

6. Cincinnati Bengals* (8-6, win over IND & BUF)

7. Indianapolis Colts* (8-6, win over HOU, loss to CIN, 6-4 AFC)

8. Houston Texans* (8-6, loss to IND, 4-4 AFC)

9. Buffalo Bills* (8-6, 4-5 AFC)

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7, 5-5 AFC)

11. Denver Broncos (7-7, 4-5 AFC)

12. Las Vegas Raiders (6-8)

13. Los Angeles Chargers (5-9, 3-6 AFC)

14. Tennessee Titans – e (5-9, 3-7 AFC)

15. New York Jets – e (5-9, 3-7 AFC)

16. New England Patriots – e (3-10)

x – Baltimore has clinched a playoff spot

* The first tiebreaker is the AFC South. The Jaguars win the division tiebreaker thanks to a superior AFC South record. Indianapolis and Houston move on to the Wild Card tiebreaker, where the Colts win over the Texans on head-to-head. Then the Colts, Bengals, and Bills go to a tiebreaker. Cincinnati has wins over Indianapolis and Buffalo, so they are 6th. The Bills and Colts go to a tiebreaker, which Indy wins on AFC record. The Bills and Texans go to a tiebreaker, which Houston wins on AFC record.

e – The Titans, Jets, and Patriots have been eliminated from the postseason.

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