TAMPA (CBSMiami) – Only two teams have ever gone winless for an entire regular season in NFL history, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2008 Detroit Lions. This year, two teams remain winless roughly half-way through the season, the Buccaneers and the Jaguars.
The two squads are ranked 31st and 32nd in total offense and Jacksonville has been outscored by a staggering 146 points on the season. The Bucs’ passing offense is ranked 30th in the league and Jacksonville’s rushing offense shares a similar ranking of 30th.
Not surprisingly the Jaguars and Buccaneers are the two lowest scoring teams in the league with 76 and 87 points respectively this season. For comparison, 11 teams in the NFL have scored more points by themselves than the Jags and Bucs have combined to score this season.
Defensively, things are not much better as Jacksonville ranks dead last in total defense and rushing defense. Tampa’s defense has actually held its own this year, ranking ninth in total defense and eighth in passing defense, but has gotten no support from an anemic offense.
The Jaguars lost their top draft pick to injury this season and Tampa has seen players almost revolt over the botched handling of quarterback Josh Freeman and his subsequent trade. Over head coach Greg Schiano’s last 12 games, Tampa is just 1-11 with the lone win coming in the final week of the 2012 season.
Looking ahead on the schedule for both the Jaguars and Buccaneers shows a tough road for both teams to find many victories.
The Jaguars, arguably the NFL’s worst team, play just two more games against teams currently with a winning record. While that would seem to give the Jaguars a shot at a first victory, the Jaguars first job is to stay within double-digits of opponents.
For the Bucs, just three games remain against teams with losing records: November 17 against the Atlanta Falcons; December 8 against the Buffalo Bills; and December 22 against the St. Louis Rams.