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The Worst Teams in NFL History (Most All-Time Losses and Most Losses per Season)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose A Lot

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose A Lot

The Cardinals franchise – through Chicago, St. Louis and now Arizona – has the most losses in NFL history, the only team with over 700 losses.

Give them a bit of a break, though. The Cards have been around since year 1 (1920). They and the Chicago Bears are the only two franchises that have been around from the very start, but the Bears “only” have 543 losses, giving them the best losses-per-season ratio of all 32 franchises.

The Detroit Lions‘ first season was 10 years later (1930). They are next in all-time losses, the only other team with at least 600 of them.

All together, nine NFL teams have lost at least 500 times. They’ve all been around at least 78 years.

That makes it a bit unfair to tag these losers with a “worst team” reference.

Who really are the worst all-time teams in NFL History?

Check the second list below, which simply divides all-time losses by number of years in existence.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the worst NFL franchise by this measure (and they are repeating history in 2014 at 2-12 so far). The Bucs have lost more than a depressing 9.5 games a season since their beginning in 1976. They and the far more nascent Houston Texans are the only teams with at least nine losses a year.

Another eight teams have lost over eight a season over time (more than half the current 16-game schedule), making 10 teams who usually lose more than they win.

MOST ALL-TIME LOSSES

TEAM / FRANCHISE ALL-TIME LOSSES SEASONS
1. Arizona Cardinals 719 95
2. Detroit Lions 624 85
3. Philadelphia Eagles 572 82
4. Washington Redskins 557 83
5. New York Giants 556 90
6. Chicago Bears 543 95
7. Green Bay Packers 541 94
8. St. Louis Rams 531 78
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 524 82
10. Cleveland Browns 436 65
11. Indianapolis Colts 424 62
11. San Francisco 49ers 424 65
13. Atlanta Falcons 423 49
14. New Orleans Saints 408 48
15. New York Jets 385 45
16. Cincinnati Bengals 374 45
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 374 39
18. Buffalo Bills 373 45
18. Minnesota Vikings 373 54
20. Tennessee Titans 361 45
21. San Diego Chargers 359 45
22. Dallas Cowboys 352 55
23. Kansas City Chiefs 351 45
24. Oakland Raiders 329 45
25. New England Patriots 308 45
26. Seattle Seahawks 307 39
27. Miami Dolphins 285 45
28. Denver Broncos 284 45
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 172 20
30. Carolina Panthers 168 20
31. Baltimore Ravens 134 18
32. Houston Texans 120 13

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MOST LOSSES PER SEASON

TEAM / FRANCHISE LOSSES PER SEASON ALL-TIME LOSSES SEASONS
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9.59 374 39
2. Houston Texans 9.23 120 13
3. Atlanta Falcons 8.63 423 49
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 8.60 172 20
5. New York Jets 8.56 385 45
6. New Orleans Saints 8.50 408 48
7. Carolina Panthers 8.40 168 20
8. Cincinnati Bengals 8.31 374 45
9. Buffalo Bills 8.29 373 45
10. Tennessee Titans 8.02 361 45
11. San Diego Chargers 7.98 359 45
12. Seattle Seahawks 7.87 307 39
13. Kansas City Chiefs 7.80 351 45
14. Arizona Cardinals 7.57 719 95
15. Baltimore Ravens 7.44 134 18
16. Detroit Lions 7.34 624 85
17. Oakland Raiders 7.31 329 45
18. Philadelphia Eagles 6.98 572 82
19. Minnesota Vikings 6.91 373 54
20. New England Patriots 6.84 308 45
20. Indianapolis Colts 6.84 424 62
22. St. Louis Rams 6.81 531 78
23. Washington Redskins 6.71 557 83
23. Cleveland Browns 6.71 436 65
25. San Francisco 49ers 6.52 424 65
26. Dallas Cowboys 6.40 352 55
27. Pittsburgh Steelers 6.39 524 82
28. Miami Dolphins 6.33 285 45
29. Denver Broncos 6.31 284 45
30. New York Giants 6.18 556 90
31. Green Bay Packers 5.76 541 94
32. Chicago Bears 5.72 543 95

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NFL: Worst Single-Season W-L Records of Every Team

The Answer Is Yes. The Detroit Lions Went 0-16 In 2008, The Worst Record Ever.

The Answer Is Yes. The Detroit Lions Went 0-16 In 2008, The Worst Record Ever.

What’s your NFL team’s worst season? The answer is below. Hopefully you’re not a Detroit Lions fan, at least when it comes to this metric.

In 2008, the Lions went winless, a goose-egged 0-16. It’s the only time that’s happened.

And the best worst record of a franchise since the 16-game schedule went into effect in 1978? The Pittsburgh Steelers have never lost more than 11 games in a season. The Black and Gold hit their rockbottom in 1988 with a 5-11 mark.

In between you have your 1-15, 2-14, 3-13 and 4-12 squads.

Notice anything? More than half the 32 franchises – 18 – have had their worst record (or tied their worst record) in 2000 or later.

The cost of general league-wide parity, on the rise over the past decade and more, appears to be a handful of sacrificial teams. Rather bell-curvish on the low end.

Who’s in the running to break their own hapless record in 2014?

No one. But if any of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins or Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose their final two games, they will at least tie it.

WORST SINGLE-SEASON W-L RECORDS BY TEAM (ALPHABETICAL)

TEAM W L SEASON
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 2000
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 1989
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 1996
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 1996
Buffalo Bills 2 14 1984
Buffalo Bills 2 14 1985
Carolina Panthers 1 15 2001
Chicago Bears 4 12 1997
Chicago Bears 4 12 1998
Chicago Bears 4 12 2002
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 2002
Cleveland Browns 2 14 1999
Dallas Cowboys 1 15 1989
Denver Broncos 4 12 2010
Detroit Lions 0 16 2008
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1986
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1988
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1991
Green Bay Packers 4 12 2005
Houston Texans 2 14 2005
Houston Texans 2 14 2013
Indianapolis Colts 1 15 1991
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 14 2012
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 2008
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 2012
Miami Dolphins 1 15 2007
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 1984
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 2011
New England Patriots 1 15 1990
New Orleans Saints 1 15 1980
New York Giants 4 12 1980
New York Giants 4 12 2003
New York Jets 1 15 1996
Oakland Raiders 2 14 2006
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 1998
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 1988
San Diego Chargers 1 15 2000
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 1978
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 1979
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 2004
Seattle Seahawks 2 14 1992
St. Louis Rams 1 15 2009
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1983
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1985
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1986
Tennessee Titans* 2 14 1983
Tennessee Titans* 2 14 1994
Washington Redskins 3 13 1994
Washington Redskins 3 13 2013

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0-16

TEAM W L SEASON
Detroit Lions 0 16 2008

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1-15

TEAM W L SEASON
St. Louis Rams 1 15 2009
Miami Dolphins 1 15 2007
Carolina Panthers 1 15 2001
San Diego Chargers 1 15 2000
New York Jets 1 15 1996
Indianapolis Colts 1 15 1991
New England Patriots 1 15 1990
Dallas Cowboys 1 15 1989
New Orleans Saints 1 15 1980

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2-14

TEAM W L SEASON
Houston Texans 2 14 2013
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 14 2012
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 2012
Kansas City Chiefs 2 14 2008
Oakland Raiders 2 14 2006
Houston Texans 2 14 2005
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 2004
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 2002
Cleveland Browns 2 14 1999
Tennessee Titans* 2 14 1994
Seattle Seahawks 2 14 1992
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1986
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1985
Buffalo Bills 2 14 1985
Buffalo Bills 2 14 1984
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 1983
Tennessee Titans* 2 14 1983
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 1979
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 1978

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3-13

TEAM W L SEASON
Washington Redskins 3 13 2013
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 2011
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 2000
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 1998
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 1996
Washington Redskins 3 13 1994
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 1989
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 1984

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4-12

TEAM W L SEASON
Denver Broncos 4 12 2010
Green Bay Packers 4 12 2005
New York Giants 4 12 2003
Chicago Bears 4 12 2002
Chicago Bears 4 12 1998
Chicago Bears 4 12 1997
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 1996
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1991
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1988
Green Bay Packers 4 12 1986
New York Giants 4 12 1980
*

5-11

TEAM W L SEASON
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 1988

* As the Houston Oilers.

Photo: Paul Sancya, AP via espn.com

NFL Defensive Rookies of the Year by Team and Position

New York Jets Defensive Rookies Of The Year: Sheldon Richardson, Jonathan Vilma, Hugh Douglas And Erik McMillan

New York Jets Defensive Rookies Of The Year: Sheldon Richardson, Jonathan Vilma, Hugh Douglas And Erik McMillan

The NFL, unlike the three other major North American sports leagues, offers two Rookie of the Year awards per season, one for offense (covered yesterday) and one for defense.

And in a twist, it’s the New York Jets that actually hold a league-wide team record. They have the most Defensive Rookie of the Years, four, including last season’s winner, Sheldon Richardson.

Another six teams have had three winners. In 1980, two players won the DROY – and from the same team: Atlanta Falcons‘ linebackers Buddy Curry and Al Richardson.

In fact, linebackers overall have won the most DROYs – 25 of them (out of 48* – a little more than half).

And it looks like the same is true in 2014. Who’s in the running heading into Week 14?

It’s a two-man race between another two LBs: Baltimore Ravens‘ inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Oakland Raiders‘ outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BY TEAM

  TEAM # DEFENSIVE ROYs SEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR POS. TEAM NOTES
1. New York Jets 4 2013 Sheldon Richardson DT  
      2004 Jonathan Vilma LB  
      1995 Hugh Douglas DE  
      1988 Erik McMillan DB  
             
2. Atlanta Falcons 3 1980 Buddy Curry LB  
      1980 Al Richardson LB  
      1968 Claude Humphrey DE  
             
2. Chicago Bears 3 2000 Brian Urlacher LB  
      1990 Mark Carrier DB  
      1973 Wally Chambers DT  
             
2. Detroit Lions 3 2010 Ndamukong Suh DT  
      1978 Al Baker DE  
      1967 Lem Barney DB  
             
2. Kansas City Chiefs 3 1992 Dale Carter DB  
      1989 Derrick Thomas LB  
      1984 Bill Maas NT  
             
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 3 2001 Kendrell Bell LB  
      1974 Jack Lambert LB  
      1969 Joe Greene DT  
             
2. San Francisco 49ers 3 2007 Patrick Willis LB  
      1993 Dana Stubblefield DT  
      1970 Bruce Taylor DB  
             
8. Indianapolis Colts 2 1985 Duane Bickett LB  
      1983 Vernon Maxwell LB (Baltimore Colts)
             
8. Baltimore Ravens 2 2003 Terrell Suggs LB  
      1997 Peter Boulware LB  
             
8. Buffalo Bills 2 1987 Shane Conlan LB  
      1979 Jim Haslett LB  
             
8. Carolina Panthers 2 2012 Luke Kuechly LB  
      2002 Julius Peppers DE  
             
8. Denver Broncos 2 2011 Von Miller LB  
      1991 Mike Croel LB  
             
8. Tennessee Titans 2 1999 Jevon Kearse DE  
      1975 Robert Brazile LB (Houston Oilers)
             
8. Houston Texans 2 2009 Brian Cushing LB  
      2006 DeMeco Ryans LB  
             
8. Miami Dolphins 2 1994 Tim Bowens DT  
      1977 A.J. Duhe DE  
             
8. New England Patriots 2 2008 Jerod Mayo LB  
      1976 Mike Haynes DB  
             
8. San Diego Chargers 2 2005 Shawne Merriman LB  
      1986 Leslie O’Neal DE  
             
18. Arizona Cardinals 1 1996 Simeon Rice DE  
18. Cleveland Browns 1 1982 Chip Banks LB  
18. Green Bay Packers 1 1972 Willie Buchanon DB  
18. St. Louis Rams 1 1971 Isiah Robertson LB (L.A. Rams)
18. New York Giants 1 1981 Lawrence Taylor LB  
18. Oakland Raiders 1 1998 Charles Woodson DB  

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DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BY POSITION

  POS. # DEFENSIVE ROYs SEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TEAM
1. LB 25 2012 Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
      2011 Von Miller Denver Broncos
      2009 Brian Cushing Houston Texans
      2008 Jerod Mayo New England Patriots
      2007 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers
      2006 DeMeco Ryans Houston Texans
      2005 Shawne Merriman San Diego Chargers
      2004 Jonathan Vilma New York Jets
      2003 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens
      2001 Kendrell Bell Pittsburgh Steelers
      2000 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears
      1997 Peter Boulware Baltimore Ravens
      1991 Mike Croel Denver Broncos
      1989 Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs
      1987 Shane Conlan Buffalo Bills
      1985 Duane Bickett Indianapolis Colts
      1983 Vernon Maxwell Baltimore Colts
      1982 Chip Banks Cleveland Browns
      1981 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants
      1980 Buddy Curry Atlanta Falcons
      1980 Al Richardson Atlanta Falcons
      1979 Jim Haslett Buffalo Bills
      1975 Robert Brazile Houston Oilers
      1974 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers
      1971 Isiah Robertson Los Angeles Rams
           
2. DE 8 2002 Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers
      1999 Jevon Kearse Tennessee Titans
      1996 Simeon Rice Arizona Cardinals
      1995 Hugh Douglas New York Jets
      1986 Leslie O’Neal San Diego Chargers
      1978 Al Baker Detroit Lions
      1977 A.J. Duhe Miami Dolphins
      1968 Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons
           
2. DB 8 1998 Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders
      1992 Dale Carter Kansas City Chiefs
      1990 Mark Carrier Chicago Bears
      1988 Erik McMillan New York Jets
      1976 Mike Haynes New England Patriots
      1972 Willie Buchanon Green Bay Packers
      1970 Bruce Taylor San Francisco 49ers
      1967 Lem Barney Detroit Lions
           
4. DT 6 2013 Sheldon Richardson New York Jets
      2010 Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
      1994 Tim Bowens Miami Dolphins
      1993 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers
      1973 Wally Chambers Chicago Bears
      1969 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers
           
5. NT 1 1984 Bill Maas Kansas City Chiefs

* NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year was first awarded in 1967.

Photos: Charles Wenzelberg via nypost.com / Getty Images via nbcmiami.com / Henny Ray Abrams, Getty Images via newyork.cbslocal.com / USA Today Sports Images via spokeo.com

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