Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Unacceptable Was Sunday's Loss? near the Top

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Unacceptable Was Sunday's Loss? near the Top

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Byline: Gene Frenette

In light of Sunday's dismal 41-10 defeat to the Washington Redskins, here are the top five most unacceptable losses in Jaguars history, ranked by Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette.

1. HOUSTON TEXANS 21, JAGUARS 0 (EVERBANK FIELD, DEC. 26, 2004)

This game tops the list because of the lost playoff opportunity. One week after a dramatic win in Green Bay, the Jaguars came home and controlled their destiny for an AFC wild-card berth. But the offense, with Fred Taylor sidelined by a sprained knee, could only muster a then record-low 126 total yards. The Jaguars crossed midfield twice. DT Marcus Stroud summed it up, saying: "We didn't show up."

2. WASHINGTON REDSKINS 41, JAGUARS 10 (FEDEX FIELD, SEPT. 14, 2014)

While expectations of victory were modest, the depth of this debacle cannot be understated. The Jaguars were feeble on both sides of the ball, especially the offensive line, which allowed quarterback Chad Henne to be sacked a franchise-record 10 times. The Redskins lost two key skill players early in quarterback Robert Griffiin III and receiver DeSean Jackson, yet it didn't matter. The Jaguars missed 21 tackles, allowed receivers to run wide open, and looked totally out of sync.

3. CHICAGO BEARS 41, JAGUARS 3 (EVERBANK FIELD, OCT. 7, 2012)

The enormity of a second-half collapse, being outscored 38-0, was striking. The Bears racked up 501 yards in total offense, with both tailback Matt Forte and receiver Brandon Marshall collecting over 100 yards. It was also one of quarterback Blaine Gabbert's worst days, throwing interceptions to Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs that were returned for 36-yard touchdowns. The Jaguars went on to lose seven consecutive games, which paved the way for them to ultimately hand the quarterback reins to Chad Henne. …

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