With training camp not yet upon us, and fantasy football drafts soon on the horizon, let’s have some fantasy fun with a simulation experiment. For this idea, I drew inspiration from my friends over at Pride of Detroit, where they wrote about a simulation experiment pitting the winless 2008 Detroit Lions against the 18-1 2007 New England Patriots – Yes, it is tough being both a Jaguars and Lions fan.
I wanted to try out this WhatIfSports.com myself, where you can match up historical teams from previous years against each other. You can even control the weather, see scoring summaries and check out play-by-plays, if you want to go that deep into it.
I decided to take the six playoff teams in Jacksonville Jaguars history, seed them in an NFL-playoff style manner, and do a best-of-seven series with the teams to see who was truly the best Jaguars team in franchise history. Then record all of the data and write an article for your reading pleasure – because what else would I do with my time this past weekend (sarcasm).
Note: I randomly changed the weather in a game or two each series, but most games were with clear skies.
Seeding (league scoring rank that year):
- 1999, 14-2, 396 points scored (6th), 217 points allowed (1st)
- 2005, 12-4, 361 points scored (12th), 269 points allowed (6th)
- 2007, 11-5, 411 points scored (6th), 304 points allowed (10th)
- 1997, 11-5, 394 points scored (3rd), 318 points allowed (15th)
- 1998, 11-5, 392 points scored (8th), 338 points allowed (17th)
- 1996, 9-7, 325 points scored (14th), 335 points allowed (19th)
Round 1, Matchup 1: 1996 Jaguars (6) @ 2007 Jaguars (3)
Game 1: 2007…
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