Almost all NFL teams have played their first eight games out of the sixteen-game season, and many of the teams at the bottom of the ranking list have already been counted out by NFL Analysts. The most obvious teams that have been ruled out of the playoff hunt are the two remaining teams that have yet to get a win this season: The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jaguars are on track to have what could be the worst season in recent NFL history, losing by a large point deficit almost every week. First round pick Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has proven to be a flop in the NFL after his first couple of seasons, and has been replaced by Chad Henne as starting Quarterback for the remainder of the season. Even with the change in Quarterback, nothing seems to be working for the Jaguars this season on either side of the ball. The Jaguars’ best bet is to continue playing how they have been this season, and pick a new rookie Quarterback with the first overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were thought to be a surprise playoff contender in the pre-season this year. They have a talented offense and dominant defensive players all over the defense. Tampa Bay has had several distractions that could have had an effect on their performance so far this season. When starting Quarterback Josh Freeman started off the season poorly, the Buccaneers decided to part ways with Freeman and go with their rookie Quarterback Glennon instead. As shown by their record, the change did not help the team as much as they had hoped as they continue to struggle. Unlike the Jaguars, the Buccaneers have shown they can compete with teams all the way to the end of the game. On a positive note for Tampa Bay fans, the Buccaneers are statistically more likely than the Jaguars to earn themselves a win this season.