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.
With Jon Kitna, Daunte Culpepper and Dan Orlovsky starting games for the Lions, Detroit actually had quarterbacks who had relative success in the NFL—just 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 will—or who will—Tim 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.
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.
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 %|
While these numbers are a little skewed—considering 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.
But considering that this game is on the road, I’m not too confident that the Jaguars can even do that.
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!