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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Jaguars stat of the week

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 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.

Westward no!

The Jaguars will be playing back-to-back road games against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 22. The team has traditionally struggled when playing on the West Coast, having won just two of nine games in the Pacific Time Zone.

The Jaguars haven’t won on the West Coast since beating Oakland in 2004. They’ve lost in their past four trips by an average of 21.5 points per game. That number is inflated by a 41-0 loss at Seattle in 2009.

In fact, the Jaguars have the second-worst winning percentage among teams in the Eastern Time Zone playing games in the Pacific Time Zone since 2003. They’re 1-5 (.167 winning percentage). According to ESPN Stats & Information, only the Pittsburgh Steelers are worse (1-6, .143).

It's interesting to note than only six of the 16 teams have winning records and only three teams are more than a game over .500. That shows that it's tough for any team to fly across the country and win a game. A team without it's No. 1 receiver, possibly without it's top tight end (who caught 52 passes last year), and playing a backup quarterback? The task gets even tougher.

Here is the Jaguars’ entire history of playing on the West Coast:

1996: Oakland 17, Jaguars 13

1997: Jaguars 20, Oakland 9

2001: Seattle 24, Jaguars 15

2004: San Diego 34, Jaguars 21

2004: Jaguars 13, Oakland 6

2009: Seattle 41, Jaguars 0

2009: San Francisco 20, Jaguars 3

2010: San Diego 38, Jaguars 13

2012: Oakland 26, Jaguars 23 (OT)

Record: 2-7 (.222)