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The amazing awfulness of the Jags

USA TODAY Sports

Something is rotten in the state of Florida. Halfway through the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined to form an 0-16 vision of total imperfection.

Thirty-four teams have started 0-8 since the 1970 merger, but only the 1976 Buccaneers (0-14) and 2008 Lions (0-16) finished without a win or tie. Despite equality in record, the performances of this year's 0-8 teams could not be more different. But there's one interesting commonality -- each team could lay claim to a dubious distinction in an entirely different way:

• Tampa Bay can legitimately claim to be the best 0-8 team ever.
• Jacksonville has been the least competitive team since the merger.