Could the Jacksonville Jaguars Finish the 2013 NFL Season Winless?

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Could the Jacksonville Jaguars Finish the 2013 NFL Season Winless?
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With Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under center, there isn't a game that Jacksonville can't lose.

While the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t the lone team with a 0-3 record at this juncture, in light of their three uninspiring defeats to open the season—by a combined 64 points—one question has to be asked: Will they finish the 2013 season winless?

To find such an answer, we’ll have to look at the one team that has accomplished the dubious feat of going 0-16, the 2008 Detroit Lions.

As much as Lions fans and NFL purists alike would like to scrub their memories clean of this horrid season, the truth is, it holds the key in determining Jacksonville’s fate this season.

With that said, let’s see how Jacksonville stacks up against the worst team in NFL history.

 

Quarterback Play

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How bad are Jacksonville's quarterbacks? So bad that fans are calling for Tim Tebow.

With Jon Kitna, Daunte Culpepper and Dan Orlovsky starting games for the Lions, Detroit actually had quarterbacks who had relative success in the NFLjust not in the 2008 season.

The trio led an offense that finished 30th in the league in total offense and 27th in scoring. Furthermore, Detroit’s quarterbacks combined to throw 19 interceptions and were sacked 52 times.

As sad as these statistics are, Detroit’s bungling band of quarterbacks are an upgrade over the anemic duo that is Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert.

I could go on and bandy on about how Henne and Gabbert have led the NFL’s worst offense in 2013, but such statistics wouldn’t do their horrid play justice.

But I’ll tell you what willor who willTim Tebow.

Jacksonville’s quarterback play has been so bad that fans are calling for the franchise to sign the ex-Florida star who, get this, only completed 36.7 percent of his passes this preseason. Talk about desperate.

There’s no doubt here, the Jags have the quarterbacks under center who can lead them to zero wins this year.

 

Defense

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Contrary to the Lions’ belief, championships aren’t the only things defense wins, it wins regular-season games, too.

It’s clear that this fact was lost on Detroit in 2008. With the 32nd-ranked defense in total yards and points allowed, it’s no wonder that the Lions finished the year winless.

Heck, if not for the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit would have given up an atrocious 34.6 points per game; that’s nearly five touchdowns a game if you’re keeping count.

As much as it pains me to say so, I have to admit that the Jaguars defense isn’t as bad.

While it is 29th in scoring defense, it is a respectable 19th in total yards. With the Jags ranking in the middle of the pack defensively, they may be able to hang around in the games against lesser opponents.

 

Schedule

Saving the all mighty schedule for last, as SBNation.com’s Matt Grecco shows in the following table, the 2008 Lions had the second-hardest schedule in the league.

 

Team Opponent Opp. - Record Opp. Opponent SoS
W L T Win % W L T Win % W L T Win %
Browns 145 108 3 0.572 133 104 3 0.560 2063 2005 28 0.507 0.5505
Lions 143 113 0 0.559 127 113 0 0.529 1998 2087 11 0.489 0.5354
Bengals 141 114 1 0.553 130 110 0 0.542 2095 1967 34 0.516 0.5404
Chiefs 137 118 1 0.537 123 116 1 0.515 1991 2101 4 0.487 0.5203
Jaguars 137 118 1 0.537 126 113 1 0.527 2058 2021 17 0.505 0.5262
Rams 136 119 1 0.533 122 117 1 0.510 1950 2127 19 0.478 0.5149
Steelers 133 120 3 0.525 129 108 3 0.544 2109 1959 28 0.518 0.5230
Ravens 132 121 3 0.521 127 110 3 0.535 2107 1961 28 0.518 0.5203
Raiders 133 123 0 0.520 122 118 0 0.508 2005 2083 8 0.490 0.5098
Texans 132 123 1 0.518 124 115 1 0.519 2086 1993 17 0.511 0.5155
Chargers 132 124 0 0.516 124 116 0 0.517 2003 2085 8 0.490 0.5071
Eagles 131 124 1 0.514 125 115 0 0.521 2038 2024 34 0.502 0.5097
Packers 129 127 0 0.504 119 121 0 0.496 2044 2041 11 0.500 0.5027
Vikings 129 127 0 0.504 123 117 0 0.513 2042 2043 11 0.500 0.5026
Giants 127 126 3 0.502 123 114 3 0.519 2062 2006 28 0.507 0.5036
Cowboys 126 127 3 0.498 119 118 3 0.502 2062 2006 28 0.507 0.5010
Colts 127 128 1 0.498 123 116 1 0.515 2100 1979 17 0.515 0.5036
Seahawks 127 128 1 0.498 115 124 1 0.481 1982 2097 17 0.486 0.4940
Saints 127 129 0 0.496 119 121 0 0.496 2006 2082 8 0.491 0.4943
Panthers 125 131 0 0.488 121 119 0 0.504 2026 2062 8 0.496 0.4907
Cardinals 124 131 1 0.486 117 122 1 0.490 1990 2089 17 0.488 0.4869
Buccaneers 123 133 0 0.480 116 124 0 0.483 2032 2056 8 0.497 0.4860
Patriots 123 133 0 0.480 118 122 0 0.492 1988 2097 11 0.487 0.4825
Redskins 121 132 3 0.479 113 124 3 0.477 2090 1978 28 0.514 0.4902
Bears 121 134 1 0.475 114 125 1 0.477 2074 2015 7 0.507 0.4855
Jets 120 135 1 0.471 113 126 1 0.473 1992 2097 7 0.487 0.4762
Dolphins 118 138 0 0.461 113 127 0 0.471 2002 2083 11 0.490 0.4707
Falcons 117 138 1 0.459 112 127 1 0.469 2058 2034 4 0.503 0.4736
Titans 117 138 1 0.459 114 125 1 0.477 2122 1955 19 0.520 0.4795
Broncos 117 139 0 0.457 109 131 0 0.454 2055 2033 8 0.503 0.4722
Bills 116 140 0 0.453 107 133 0 0.446 2024 2061 11 0.495 0.4672
49ers 114 141 1 0.447 105 134 1 0.440 2026 2053 17 0.497 0.4637

While these numbers are a little skewedconsidering that by losing every game, their opponents' win percentage is naturally going to be higher—it speaks to the notion that the already bad Lions were dealt a bad hand by the scheduling gods.

Although a small sample size, Jacksonville’s opponents’ winning percentage currently stands at .565.

Still, looking past the current records and simply looking at the teams the Jags play, the Cleveland Browns are the only team that strikes me as an opponent Jacksonville can beat.

But considering that this game is on the road, I’m not too confident that the Jaguars can even do that.

 

Final Verdict

While we’ve compared the two and come to the conclusion that Jacksonville isn’t as bad as Detroit on all fronts, it still could go winless. Scratch that, the Jaguars will go winless!

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