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Will the Jaguars go 0-16?

We break down the Jacksonville Jaguars odds to go winless in the 2020 NFL season.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II looks on after defeating the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars won six games last season with Gardner Minshew as their No. 1 quarterback. That’s not too shabby, but the team has been unloading assets at an alarming rate over the last two seasons and are now a much weaker team defensively than they once were. Minshew will be the pivotal player for the Jaguars this season, as any wins they get will likely rely on his ability.

Betting on win totals, division titles, and Super Bowl appearances is a traditional side of sports betting. However, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a fun twist for the coming season. They have posted odds on whether one of six teams will go 16-0 and on whether one of two teams will go 0-16, Jacksonville and Washington, in the 2020 regular season. The Jaguars have the best odds to take the infamous crown at +2500 while Washington is +5000 to be the worst of the worst.

Below, we will take a look at the Jaguars 2020-21 schedule to see what it will take for Jacksonville to lose every regular season game.

Easy losses

Week 2: at Tennessee Titans
Week 5: at Houston Texans
Week 10: at Green Bay Packers
Week 11: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings
Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 17: at Indianapolis Colts

Division games, as usual, are spots where upsets can happen, but the AFC South is strong enough to give losses to the Jaguars on the road inside their division this year. I also think the Packers are vulnerable this season, but playing in Green Bay in Week 10 probably isn’t the place for the upset. The Steelers get Ben Roethlisberger back and going to Minnesota will be a likely loss, while playing in Baltimore is the scariest matchup of the season.

Losable, but could be close

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 9: vs. Houston Texans
Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 14: vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

These middling matchups aren’t really that tough, especially with all of them at home. The Lions and Browns are two teams I like to be better this season and work toward winning records, while the divisional matchups are tough matchups but have a wider array of outcomes. The Bears defense should make them a tough out, but they should still be beatable in Jacksonville.

Tough matchups to lose

Week 3: vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: at Los Angeles Chargers

The Dolphins and Bengals both get an upgrade at quarterback, but with a shortened offseason, both teams should still be scramble mode early in the season. The Chargers have good talent on both sides of the ball, but will have trouble putting it together for wins with Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert at quarterback.

Jacksonville isn’t poised to go winless, but there is a possibility if they can’t stop offenses this season and Minshew doesn’t take a step forward after a lackluster second half of 2019.