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Can Jaguars still make the playoffs after Week 17 win over Texans?

We go over the Jaguars’ chances to make the postseason going into their Week 17 game against the Texans.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws the ball against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Results update: The Jaguars beat the Texans and notably saw the Dolphins lose to the Patriots. That leaves the Jaguars’ wild card hopes still alive. But their best chance at the playoffs is to beat the Titans in Week 18 and clinch the AFC South title.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are winners of three-straight heading into their Week 17 matchup with the Houston Texans, with playoff implications at the forefront of this divisional game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET with the Jaguars a four-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jaguars playoff chances

Record: 7-8
Odds to make playoffs: AFC South -240
Remaining opponents: Week 17 @ Texans, Week 18 vs. Titans

The Jaguars cannot outright clinch a playoff berth in Week 17, but getting the job done this week will set them on the path toward success. If Jacksonville beats the Texans in Week 17 and beats the Tennessee Titans in Week 18, then the Jaguars will clinch the AFC South and the No. 4 seed in the AFC. Additionally, if they were to beat the Texans in Week 17, they would still get in with a tie versus the Titans next week.

If Jacksonville loses or ties with the Texans in Week 17, then they can still clinch the AFC South and No. 4 seed in the AFC by beating the Titans next week. If they were to beat the Texans in Week 17 but lose to the Titans next week, then all hope is not lost, but they would need plenty of luck to go their way.

To survive the above scenario, the Jaguars would need Week 17 losses by Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Week 18 losses by Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, or a Week 17 or Week 18 loss by Pittsburgh Steelers.

Current playoff standings

AFC South

1. Jaguars, 7-8
2. Titans, 7-8
3. Colts, 4-10-1
4. Texans, 2-12-1

Wild card

6. Chargers, 9-6
7. Dolphins, 8-7

8. Patriots, 7-8
9. Titans, 7-8
10. Jets, 7-8
11. Steelers, 7-8
12. Raiders, 6-9