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A costly victory for Jaguars?

11/11/2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have taken 0-16 off the table – but they may have hurt themselves in the long run by beating Tennessee 29-27 on Sunday.

The victory makes the Jaguars 1-8, leaving Tampa Bay as the league’s only winless team heading into their "Monday Night Football" matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Even if the Bucs upset the Dolphins and improve to 1-8, they’re still in the driver’s seat when it comes to securing the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Jaguars’ remaining schedule is significantly easier than the Bucs’ remaining schedule. Theoretically, the Jaguars have a better chance to win more games from here on out than the Bucs.

The Jaguars’ remaining opponents have a winning percentage of .406, which is tied for the third lowest in the NFL. Only two teams have winning records: the 5-4 Arizona Cardinals and the 6-3 Indianapolis Colts. According to Elias, the Jaguars are tied with Green Bay for the third weakest remaining strength of schedule.

The Bucs’ remaining opponents (which includes the 4-4 Dolphins) is .521. They face four teams that would currently be in the playoffs (Detroit, Carolina, San Francisco, New Orleans).