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

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers And New York Knicks Might Make Some (Not So Good) History

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers And New York Knicks Might Make Some (Not So Good) History

The 2014-15 New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers are the “inspirations” for today’s post.

Both teams are on the way, possibly, to their worst single-season W-L records ever. Quite a feat, considering both franchises have been around forever – the Knicks since year 1, 1946-47, and the Sixers since 1949-50.

The Knicks are one of only five franchises that have never won fewer than 20 games in a season. They stand at 5-21 as of today. The Sixers already own the worst 82-game record of all time (9-73). Could they top it? Right now, after losing the first 17 games of the season, they are at 2-21.

Below are the worst single-season records of every team sorted alphabetically and then by W-L percentage, with several franchise caveats (*) explained at the bottom.

Also looking for the best single-season records of every team? Find it here.

WORST SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS (BY TEAM)

TEAM W L W-L PCT. SEASON FRANCHISE NOTES
Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 2004-05  
Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 1996-97  
Brooklyn Nets* 12 70 .146 2009-10 as New Jersey Nets
Charlotte Hornets* 7 59 .106 2011-12 as Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 2000-01  
Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1970-71  
  15 67 .183 1981-82  
Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 1992-93  
Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 1997-98  
Detroit Pistons 16 66 .195 1979-80  
Golden State Warriors* 12 57 .174 1952-53 as Philadelphia Warriors
Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 1982-83  
Indiana Pacers 20 62 .244 1982-83  
Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 1986-87  
Los Angeles Lakers* 19 53 .264 1957-58 as Minneapolis Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies* 8 42 .160 1998-99 as Vancouver Grizzlies
Miami Heat 15 67 .183 1988-89  
  15 67 .183 2007-08  
Milwaukee Bucks 15 67 .183 2013-14  
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 1991-92  
  15 67 .183 2009-10  
New Orleans Pelicans 18 64 .220 2004-05 as New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks* 21 59 .263 1962-63  
Oklahoma City Thunder* 20 62 .244 2007-08 as Seattle SuperSonics
Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 1989-90  
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 1972-73  
Phoenix Suns 16 66 .195 1968-69  
Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220 1971-72  
Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 2008-09  
San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 1996-97  
Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 1997-98  
Utah Jazz* 23 59 .280 1974-75 as New Orleans Jazz
Washington Wizards* 18 62 .225 1961-62 as Chicago Packers

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WORST SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS PER TEAM (BY W-L PCT)

  TEAM W L W-L PCT. SEASON FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Charlotte Hornets* 7 59 .106 2011-12 as Charlotte Bobcats
2. Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 1972-73  
3. Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 1992-93  
3. Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 1997-98  
5. Brooklyn Nets* 12 70 .146 2009-10 as New Jersey Nets
5. Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 1986-87  
7. Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 2004-05  
8. Memphis Grizzlies* 8 42 .160 1998-99 as Vancouver Grizzlies
9. Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 1982-83  
10. Golden State Warriors* 12 57 .174 1952-53 as Philadelphia Warriors
11. Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 1996-97  
11. Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 2000-01  
11. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1970-71  
11. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1981-82  
11. Miami Heat 15 67 .183 1988-89  
11. Miami Heat 15 67 .183 2007-08  
11. Milwaukee Bucks 15 67 .183 2013-14  
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 1991-92  
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 2009-10  
20. Detroit Pistons 16 66 .195 1979-80  
20. Phoenix Suns 16 66 .195 1968-69  
20. Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 1997-98  
23. Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 2008-09  
24. New Orleans Pelicans 18 64 .220 2004-05 as New Orleans Hornets
24. Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 1989-90  
24. Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220 1971-72  
27. Washington Wizards* 18 62 .225 1961-62 as Chicago Packers
28. Indiana Pacers 20 62 .244 1982-83  
28. Oklahoma City Thunder* 20 62 .244 2007-08 as Seattle SuperSonics
28. San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 1996-97  
31. New York Knicks* 21 59 .263 1962-63  
32. Los Angeles Lakers* 19 53 .264 1957-58 as Minneapolis Lakers
33. Utah Jazz* 23 59 .280 1974-75 as New Orleans Jazz

* The “Brooklyn” Nets’ “worst record” was 44-38 (.537) in 2013-14. They’ve only been around for two full seasons.

* The Charlotte Hornets’ record listed here was during the strike-shortened 2011-12 season. That franchise’s worst 82-game record was also as the Bobcats in 2004-05 (18-64, .220). As the “Hornets,” in 1989-90 (19-63, .232).

* The “Golden State” Warriors’ worst record was 17-65 (.207) in 2000-01.

* The “Los Angeles” Lakers’ worst record was last season (2013-14) without Kobe, 27-55 (.329).

* The “Memphis” Grizzlies’ worst record was 22-60 (.268), back-to-back in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

* The New York Knicks’ 82-game worst record was 23-59 (.280), three times: 1985-86, 2005-06 and 2007-08.

* The “Oklahoma City Thunder’s”‘ worst record was 23-59 (.280) in 2008-09.

* The “Utah” Jazz’ worst record was 24-58 (.293) in 1979-80. They, too, may break the franchise record this season, at 6-18 currently.

* The “Washington Wizards”‘ worst 82-game record was 19-63 (.232) in 2000-01 and 2008-09.

Photos: Scott Halleran, Getty Images via philly.com / Maddie Meyer, Getty Images via espn.com

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

*

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

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