NFL Week 18 Recap
The NFL regular season is complete, as several teams have much to be excited about going into the postseason. This includes the Chicago Bears, who unexpectedly secured the number-one draft pick after the Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts. This puts Chicago in a position to get several top picks in the 2023 and 2024 drafts. This comes just in time for Justin Fields’ fourth NFL season.
Despite missing the playoffs, the Detroit Lions are one of the teams that must feel better about themselves. They started the season 1-6 and finished at 9-8. They came in second place in the NFC North. Also, the Steelers and Mike Tomlin avoided the coach’s first losing season. This comes after winning their final four games to finish with a 9-8 record.
Many teams have reason to be concerned after this season’s results. The Texans fired their coach after one season. This is the second straight year they did so. Lovie Smith was let go despite his team’s victory over the Colts. Finally, Cleveland Browns fans have to wonder if Deshaun Watson is worth his massive contract.
Jags Win AFC South Title
The Jacksonville Jaguars went into Sunday’s game as favorites against the Tennessee Titans. The Jags went on to win their fifth straight game 20-16 and take the division title. They became the first team to win their division a season after being the worst team in the NFL since the Miami Dolphins won the division in 2008 after a 1-15 record the previous season.
After trailing 13-7 at halftime, the Jags awoke in the second half to win and qualify for the postseason. They will host the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card round next week and go for their first playoff win since the 2017 Divisional Round.
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