Jacksonville Jaguars’ losing streak hits 20 games, with league record in sight


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It has been 392 days since the Jacksonville Jaguars last won a game.

That’s a stretch of 20 consecutive losses, the second-longest losing streak in NFL history — and the league’s record for futility is well within sight, too. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold that record after losing the franchise’s first 26 games in 1976 and ’77.

“You can’t wrap your head around that,” running back James Robinson said after the Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans 37-19 at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. “We’ve got to find a way to win.

“We’re a really good team. Obviously, our record doesn’t show it, but we’ve got a lot of great guys in the locker room and we’ve just got to find something that’s going to work for us.”

The Jaguars haven’t won a game since the 2020 season opener, when they beat Indianapolis 27-20 at TIAA Bank Field. Thirteen of their 20 losses have been by double digits, including the past five games at home.

Sunday’s loss to the Titans was pretty typical of the streak:

  • The defense failed to come up with enough plays in key situations. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin dropped what would have been a pick-six, for example, and there were several blown coverages that gave Tennessee QB Ryan Tannehill easy completions.

  • Costly mistakes, like tight end Dan Arnold’s fumble that was returned for a TD just a minute into the game.

  • Questionable playcalling, such as not having Robinson on the field when the Jaguars faced first-and-goal from the Titans’ 5-yard line. Robinson, who had a career-high 149 yards rushing, didn’t touch the ball on any of the four snaps, and Carlos Hyde was stuffed for a 3-yard loss on fourth down.

  • Special teams problems. Kicker Matthew Wright played instead of Josh Lambo, who is struggling with his confidence. Wright came up short on a 53-yard field goal attempt and banged a PAT off the right upright.

So players trudged off the field and again faced questions about their failure to do something that even the New York Jets have done three times and…

Source : espn

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