JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions are the only team in NFL history to go 0-16. The Jaguars are halfway to that point, and there are some who believe they are worse than the Lions.
People like Las Vegas bookmakers. Grantland's R.J. Bell spoke to several and they told him the 2008 Lions would be a 2.5-point favorite over the 2013 Jaguars.
Here's what Bell wrote on Wednesday in his Vegas Weekend Recap:
"Speaking of pain, Jacksonville failed to cover again. Many are now wondering if this is the worst team of all time. I asked a number of bookmakers what their spread would be if this season’s Jacksonville squad faced off against the winless 2008 Detroit Lions on a neutral field. The consensus Vegas opinion favored that Lions team by 2.5 points. A deeper look at the numbers confirms this assessment. Jacksonville is 1-7 against the spread, while Detroit was 6-10 against the spread. The Jags also fall short in every other Vegas measure: losing by an average of 22 points per game (compared to 15 for the Lions); underdogs by an average of 12 points per game (compared to eight); losing against the spread by an average of 10 points per game (compared to seven). Ouch."
The most damning piece of evidence that 2013 Jaguars are worse is the fact that they're losing games by a larger margin than the 2008 Lions did. The Lions at least lost five games by single digits, including a 12-10 setback to Minnesota in which Ryan Longwell kicked a 29-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining for the winning points. The closest the Jaguars have come to a victory is 10 points against Oakland in Week 2.