The 2021 NFL season is shaping up to be a disastrous year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only have the Jags faced off the field scandals with head coach Urban Meyer, but the team is also mired in one of the longest losing streaks in the history of the sport.
Jacksonville’s futility is so bad that NFL betting sites are now taking bets on whether or not the Jaguars will go winless this year. Additionally, there are odds on how long this losing streak will last.
Let’s huddle up to examine these Jaguars prop bets courtesy of BetOnline and see where we should place our wagers.
Will the Jaguars Go 0-17 in the Regular Season?
There’s two ways to approach this prop bet. The first is looking at the history of the league’s worst losing streaks and the second is looking at the Jaguars remaining schedule for the 2021 regular season.
Let’s focus on the historical evidence for this NFL futures bet and save examining the remaining schedule for the next prop bet below.
In the history of the NFL, which goes back over 100 years, there have only been nine seasons where a team has gone winless.
Prior to the 1940s, most of these winless seasons were 0-6 or 0-7. In the 1940s, the winless seasons jumped up to 0-10. The 1943 Chicago Cardinals and the 1944 hybrid Cardinals/Steelers team both went 0-10.
Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, there have only been three winless seasons. The first came in 1976 when the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14. Their overall winless streak went to 26 games between 1976-1977.
The 2008 Detroit Lions were the second team to go winless since the merger. However, they were the first franchise to go 0-16 in a season. Detroit’s winless streak spanned three seasons and reached 19 straight losses.
The 2017 Cleveland Browns were the most recent team to go winless. The Browns finished that year going 0-16 and ran their overall losing streak up to 17 straight games.
As you can see, it’s rare that a team goes winless on a season. It’s even more improbable since the 1970 merger.
This is a big reason why oddsmakers have listed the “No” option for this prop bet at a ridiculous line of -10000.
Although there’s no value whatsoever with this wager, the historical perspective helps bolster our argument for the next prop bet below.
Will Jaguars Go 0-17 in Regular Season? –No (-10000)
How Long Will the Jaguars Losing Streak Last?
Over 23.5 Straight Losses (-140)
Under 23.5 Straight Losses (+100)
Currently, the Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 20 straight games with no signs of it stopping anytime soon. They have the third longest losing streak in the history of the league and the second longest since the AFL-NFL merger. Only the Chicago Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have longer losing streaks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are next in line for the Jaguars to surpass if they keep losing. Tampa strung together 26 straight losses over the 1976 and 1977 seasons. The streak began on September 12, 1976 and ended on December 11, 1977.
Yet, the Bucs fell short of the all-time mark in NFL history which is held by the Chicago Cardinals who lost 29 straight games from 1942 to 1945.
The Cardinals actually had a losing streak that spanned four seasons. Even more staggering is the fact that they went 0-10 in 1943 and 1944. That’s back-to-back winless seasons. The streak started on October 25, 1942, and ended on October 14, 1945.
The Jaguars lost 15 straight games in 2020 and have started off the 2021 season with five straight losses. Let’s take a look at their upcoming schedule to see where they could possibly get a win:
Week 6: Miami Dolphins
Week 7: Bye Week
Week 8: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 9: Buffalo Bills
Week 10: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 11: San Francisco 49ers
Week 12: Atlanta Falcons
Week 13: at Los Angeles Rams
Week 14: at Tennessee Titans
Week 15: at Houston Texans
Week 16: at New York Jets
Week 17: at New England Patriots
Week 18: Indianapolis Colts
This is a tough schedule for the Jaguars and there’s definitely not many opportunities to pick up a win. Of the 12 remaining games, there really are only four chances for Jacksonville to get a victory: Miami, Atlanta, Houston and New York.
This prop bet has an Over/Under at 23.5 games which puts us at three more games for the Jaguars. Those three games are against Miami, Seattle and Buffalo. Of those three, Miami is the only team that Jacksonville can beat.
Even without Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks should beat Jacksonville. Buffalo will pummel the Jaguars, so that leaves us with the London game versus Miami in Week 6.
Miami is playing awful right now especially without Tua at QB. He could return for this week’s matchup. With that said, I believe that the Dolphins could still beat the Jaguars.
Realistically, the Jags’ best shot at winning comes against Houston in Week 15 or the Jets in Week 16. If they can beat the Texans that would leave them tied with the Chicago Cardinals for the longest losing streak in the history of the NFL.
If they lose to the Texans then the Jags would have the all-time record at 30 straight losses. Either way, I believe a win by Christmas time will happen for Jacksonville. However, I do see their losing streak going Over 23.5 losses.
Jaguars Losing Streak –Over 23.5 Losses (-140)
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