Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jaguars' stat of the week
By Michael DiRocco
Every Thursday I’ll present an interesting (to me, anyway) stat, break it down, and try to provide some context heading into the game the following weekend.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a 17-point underdog to San Francisco on Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium. It’s not the first time they’ve been heavy underdogs this season. They were 20-point underdogs to Seattle and 28-point underdogs to Denver.
Although they did cover the spread against the Broncos, they still lost the game by double digits. In fact, they’ve lost eight consecutive games by double digits dating to last season. If they repeat that Sunday against the 49ers, they will move to within two games of the NFL record for longest losing streak by double digits since the 1970 merger.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Houston Oilers lost 11 consecutive games by double digits in a span that covered the 1983 and 1984 seasons. The 1981 Baltimore Colts lost 10 games in a row by double digits.
The Seattle Seahawks lost eight games in a row by double digits over the 1976 and 1977 seasons. The Seahawks were an expansion franchise in 1976.
In terms of the margin of the losses, the Jaguars hold the No. 2 spot in the rankings of those four teams. The Colts lost the 10 games by an average margin of 21.8 points. The Jaguars have lost their last eight by an average of 20.5 points, followed by the Seahawks (19.9) and the Oilers (17.1).