Things are not looking good for the Jacksonville Jaguars following their 0-2 start to the season.
Playing in front of a packed house at Everbank Field, the Jaguars tanked their opener to the Kansas City Chiefs in a painful 28-2 performance. The team then fell behind 19-3 before a late touchdown narrowed the score to a 10-point margin, 19-9, in Oakland on Sunday.
Since 1990, only 22 teams -- or approximately 12% of those who started their season 0-2 -- have managed to turn things around and secure a spot in the NFL play-offs.
Injured and error-prone
The Jaguars did themselves no favors against Oakland, committing 10 penalties for 70 yards. Two of the penalties lead to scoring drives for the Raiders.
“We had too many mental errors and too many penalties,” said wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who finished the afternoon with eight receptions and 93 yards. “That kills any team. We have to do better on that end. That just kills us.”
Keep in mind that the Jaguars have scored a combined 11 points during their first two games, giving them the worst "net points" start in the NFL and a new franchise record low for back-to-back performances.
Making matters worse, star running back Maurice Jones-Drew is listed as questionable for week 3 against Seattle after sustaining an ankle tendon strain late in the first half of the Oakland game. Tight end Marcedes Lewis and quarterback Blaine Gabbert are also on the list of offensive weapons that are unlikely to be available when the Jaguars face-off against the Seahawks on Sunday. Both are recovering from injuries.
The Jaguars' first round draft pick in 2012, wide receiver Justin Blackmon, continues to serve out his four week suspension for an off-season DUI. He will be eligible to return on October 6, when the Jaguars go on the road to St. Louis.
Misery loves company
The Jaguars are one of eight NFL teams that have opened this season with a pair of losses.
The other seven teams that remain winless:
- Carolina Panthers
- Tampa Bay Bucs
- Minnesota Vikings
- Washington Redskins
- New York Giants
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Cleveland Browns