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Rubino: Desperate for inspiration, winless Jaguars could go Mad

  • Jacksonville Jaguars wear bags on their heads during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Indianapolis defeated Jacksonville 37-3.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Imagine that Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley comes across an old Mad magazine sketch.

One panel shows a football team wildly celebrating its field goal, kicked as time in the game expired.

Another panel shows a sports writer asking the coach the reason for the celebration, considering his team needed a touchdown and ended up losing 12-10.

The coach says: "We beat the point spread!"

Now imagine Bradley posting that old Mad sketch on the Jags' bulletin board today. For inspiration.

And imagine his pregame speech going something like this:

"OK, Jags, listen up! We've got our work cut out for us. We're facing a future Hall of Fame quarterback who's flying that Denver offense like it's a predator drone, destroying all enemies, most of whom don't even know what's hit 'em.

"Last week the Broncos scored 51 points. They haven't lost a game this year. Meanwhile, we've scored 51 points all season and haven't won a game. Those stats tend to leave some folks in a cold sweat. Me, it makes me hot for some action.

"Bring it on!

"Yes, sir, Vegas oddsmakers have made Mr. Peyton Manning and Company 28-point favorites, and I understand that the folks who make it their business to know such things are saying that it's the biggest mismatch in NFL history, point-spread-wise.


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