MJD Injury: Loss of Star RB Solidifies Jacksonville Jaguars as Worst Team in NFL

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) before playing against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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A five-point win at Indianapolis in Week 3 is the only reason why there can be any debate as to whether the Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in football this fall.

But with news that star running Maurice Jones-Drew will miss some time with a foot injury, we can safely crown the Jags as the worst the NFL has to offer in 2012.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter confirmed that MJD will miss Week 8's matchup with Green Bay via Twitter earlier this week via Twitter:

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is out for at least Sunday's game vs Green Bay with a foot injury.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2012


Jones-Drew has accounted for nearly one-third of Jacksonville's offensive production this season, making his loss all the more critical. And with quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffering a torn labrum last weekend according to ESPN's Ed Werder, things are about to go from worse to horrific for Jacksonville. 

At 1-5 overall and having lost three straight games, the Jaguars are looking more and more like the NFL's worst team week after week.

This tweet from Jacksonville Jaguars blogger Alfie Crow just about sums it up:

As terrible as being an Eagles fan RT @j_baldwinning: The Jags are 1-5 and MoJo is hurt how terrible is it to be a #Jaguars fan right now?

— Alfie Crow (@AlfieBCC) October 22, 2012


They lose in a variety of ways. Whether its a 38-point blowout loss at home to the Chicago Bears, or a fourth quarter collapse on the road against the Oakland Raiders, if there's a way to lose the Jaguars will find it. 

Now that Jacksonville's best player is sidelined, there's simply no denying just how awful this year's team really is. From top to bottom and on both sides of the ball, the Jags are officially the worst of the worst. 


Offensive Woes

The Jaguars have been putrid on offense this fall even with MJD on the field.

After seven weeks of football Jacksonville ranks dead last in passing yards per game, and 25th in the league in rushing yards per game. They are averaging less than 236 total yards of offense per week, which ranks them 32nd in the NFL.

You can't get any worse than that on offense. But compare what Jacksonville's output to what the league's top offense is producing. No. 1-ranked New England is averaging over 200 yards more of total offense per week (436 total yards) than Jacksonville.

In addition, the Jaguars rank dead last in scoring offense (14.7 points per game) and are one of only three teams averaging less than 300 yards of total offense per game in 2012.


Defensive Struggles

Defensively, you won't stumble upon too many teams worse than Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank 24th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (264.5), and boast the fourth-worst rushing defense in terms of yards allowed per week (147.3).

The AFC South bottom dweller is allowing nearly 412 total yards per game to opponents this season, ranking fifth-worst in the NFL. 

Jacksonville's scoring defense isn't much better, ranking seventh-worst entering Week 8. The Jags are surrendering more than 27 points per week on average. That's nearly twice as many points as their offense is scoring per week. 

After crunching the numbers the results lead to only one conclusion: The Jacksonville Jaguars are dreadful. But without a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield they are the hands-down worst team in football.


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