For both the Titans and Jaguars, 2017 has been a special, long-awaited season. With identical 6-3 records entering Week 11, both look good enough to end two of the AFC’s longest playoff droughts.
Tennessee’s last postseason trip was in 2008; Jacksonville last qualified in ’07. At this point, however, settling for a wild card isn’t an acceptable goal for either team. Both want to win the AFC South and be guaranteed a home game in January, which in turn would provide a greater chance of also winning a playoff game.
Neither has to worry about Houston or Indianapolis, the two teams that split the last eight division titles. The Titans have held the division lead because of their 37-16 beatdown of the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week. 2. The teams will play each other again, in Nashville, in Week 17.
Make that four field goals for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski. His 29-yarder was the shortest of the game. 33-8 Patriots
It obviously was too little, too late, but Oakland finally found the end zone with about 12 minutes to play when Derek Carr hit Amari Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders then converted a two-point conversion when Carr connected with Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Some garbage time fantasy points, anybody? 30-8, Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski’s third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder, was just as easy as his previous two. 30-0, Patriots
New England was ready for Oakland’s rush attempt on 4th-and-1, and fullback Jamize Olawale was stuffed for no gain. Patrick Chung was credited for the tackle, but a host of Patriots combined to stop the Raiders for the turnover.