Jets might end up the worst team in NFL history
The 2020 Jets are on pace to be arguably the worst team in NFL modern history.
Let that swirl around your head for a minute.
No, this is not hyperbole. The 0-6 Jets are heading toward finishing as one of the worst teams ever, maybe the worst team ever, barring a dramatic turnaround.
The Jets have 10 games left, so there is time. But is there hope? Of the Jets’ remaining games, seven are against teams that are currently .500 or better. Two of those games against teams under .500 are against the Patriots. Does anyone expect the Jets to beat the Patriots? They have three games against teams in first place.
In other words, an 0-16 record is very much in play.
If the Jets accomplish (is that the right word?) that feat, they would become the fourth team to go winless since the 1970 merger. They would join the 1976 Buccaneers (0-14), the 2008 Lions (0-16) and the 2017 Browns (0-16) as the only teams to not taste victory in a season.
Let’s start by looking at those three teams and how the Jets stack up against them.
The 2017 Browns were the most recent winless team. They appear to be better than these Jets. Those Browns played close games. Their average margin of loss was 11 points. The Jets are losing by an average of 18.3 points per game. That Browns team also was supposed to be bad. That was part of the Paul DePodesta “Moneyball” experiment during which they were going to lose big for a few years to load up on draft picks. This Jets team has been bad by accident, not design.
The 2008 Lions were a really, really bad team. But they scored more points than these Jets. They averaged 16.8 points per game. The Jets are averaging 12.5 points per game. The Lions also had Calvin Johnson at wide receiver, a building block for the future. The Jets can only hope tackle Mekhi Becton is that guy, but you can’t say that yet. Johnson had 1,221 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns that year. The Jets do not have an individual player who compares.
The final winless team is the 1976 Buccaneers, widely considered to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to the worst-ever discussion. Amazingly, the Jets might be worse. Pro Football Talk pointed out that the Jets are on pace to have a worse total point differential than the Buccaneers, who have the record at -287 points. The Jets are at -110 right now, on pace for -293. Now, the Jets are doing that in a 16-game schedule as compared to a 14-game schedule for Tampa Bay. But that record has stood since 1976 and plenty of teams have played 16-game seasons since then. The record for a 16-game season is -274 by the 1981 Colts.
Digging in on the numbers, the Bucs were worse offensively at 8.9 points per game. The Jets are scoring 12.5 points per game. The Jets have lost games by an average of 18.3 ppg. The Bucs lost by 20.5 ppg. The Bucs defensive scoring numbers are slightly better at 29.4 ppg vs. the Jets’ 30.8.
Those Buccaneers were an expansion team, led by quarterback Steve Spurrier. Rookie Lee Roy Selmon gave them hope on defense. The current Jets are probably still slightly better than them, but that is not a conversation you even want to be in.
Tampa scored two offensive touchdowns in its first six games. The Jets have scored six in their first six games, a stunning number. It is even worse when you consider that three of those touchdowns came during garbage time, one was a 46-yard run by Sam Darnold on a busted play and one was a screen pass that Jamison Crowder broke free on.
The Jets can hold out hope for a turnaround and avoid becoming known as one of the worst teams ever. People were wondering if the 2019 Dolphins would join the list last year when they started 0-7. Then, they beat the Jets and went 5-11. A year later, the Jets saw up close how much better they are in the 24-0 Jets loss Sunday.
Source : Brian Costello Link