Jacksonville Jaguars

Could the Jacksonville Jaguars Finish the 2013 NFL Season Winless?

With Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under center, there isn't a game that Jacksonville can't lose.
With Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne under center, there isn't a game that Jacksonville can't lose.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Marcel DavisCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2013

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

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

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

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.

 

TeamOpponentOpp. - RecordOpp. OpponentSoS
WLTWin %WLTWin %WLTWin %
Browns14510830.57213310430.56020632005280.5070.5505
Lions14311300.55912711300.52919982087110.4890.5354
Bengals14111410.55313011000.54220951967340.5160.5404
Chiefs13711810.53712311610.5151991210140.4870.5203
Jaguars13711810.53712611310.52720582021170.5050.5262
Rams13611910.53312211710.51019502127190.4780.5149
Steelers13312030.52512910830.54421091959280.5180.5230
Ravens13212130.52112711030.53521071961280.5180.5203
Raiders13312300.52012211800.5082005208380.4900.5098
Texans13212310.51812411510.51920861993170.5110.5155
Chargers13212400.51612411600.5172003208580.4900.5071
Eagles13112410.51412511500.52120382024340.5020.5097
Packers12912700.50411912100.49620442041110.5000.5027
Vikings12912700.50412311700.51320422043110.5000.5026
Giants12712630.50212311430.51920622006280.5070.5036
Cowboys12612730.49811911830.50220622006280.5070.5010
Colts12712810.49812311610.51521001979170.5150.5036
Seahawks12712810.49811512410.48119822097170.4860.4940
Saints12712900.49611912100.4962006208280.4910.4943
Panthers12513100.48812111900.5042026206280.4960.4907
Cardinals12413110.48611712210.49019902089170.4880.4869
Buccaneers12313300.48011612400.4832032205680.4970.4860
Patriots12313300.48011812200.49219882097110.4870.4825
Redskins12113230.47911312430.47720901978280.5140.4902
Bears12113410.47511412510.4772074201570.5070.4855
Jets12013510.47111312610.4731992209770.4870.4762
Dolphins11813800.46111312700.47120022083110.4900.4707
Falcons11713810.45911212710.4692058203440.5030.4736
Titans11713810.45911412510.47721221955190.5200.4795
Broncos11713900.45710913100.4542055203380.5030.4722
Bills11614000.45310713300.44620242061110.4950.4672
49ers11414110.44710513410.44020262053170.4970.4637

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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