Jaguars stat of the week

Every Thursday I’ll present an interesting (to me, anyway) stat, break it down, and try to provide some context heading into the game the following weekend.

Compare and contrast

Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have finished the first half of the season and have a bye this Sunday, it’s time to take a statistical look at how the team is doing. The quick answer: not very well.

The 0-8 Jaguars are on pace to put up some of the worst numbers in franchise history, especially when it comes to scoring, rushing yards, and third-down conversions. Here’s a look at how this year’s team compares to some of the worst teams in Jaguars history.

Scoring: 10.8 points per game. If that pace continues the Jaguars will easily break the record for fewest points per game in a single season (the 2011 team averaged 15.2).

Total yards per game: 286.5. If that pace continues it will be only the fourth time the Jaguars have averaged fewer than 300 yards per game. The lowest single-season total was 259.3 yards per game in 2011.

Rushing yards per game: 66.4. Last season’s team was the worst in franchise history (85.9 yards per game), but there was a built-in excuse because Maurice Jones-Drew missed 10 games with a foot injury.

Passing yards per game: 220.1. Chad Henne has done a solid job this season and the Jaguars are nowhere close to the futility record of 136.2 yards per game in 2011. That was the season the team cut David Garrard five days before the opener and rookie Blaine Gabbert ended up starting 14 games.

Third-down offense: 29.5 percent. That would be the lowest mark in team history if it stands through the final eight games, edging last year’s team (29.6 percent). The offense has 36 three-and-outs, including three possessions that ended with interceptions.

Third-down defense: 44.8 percent. Not getting off the field is perhaps the defense’s biggest issue, and it is a direct result of a lack of playmakers other than middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. The inaugural team allowed opponents to convert 48.2 percent of their third downs.

Turnover margin: minus-7. That puts the Jaguars on pace to come close to equaling the worst turnover margin in team history (the 2010 team was minus-15).