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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
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5-11

TEAM W L SEASON
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 1988

* As the Houston Oilers.

Photo: Paul Sancya, AP via espn.com

The Best and Worst Home Teams in the NFL

Whose house? The Pittsburgh Steelers. The Baltimore Ravens. And the Denver Broncos.

Heinz Field, M&T Bank Stadium and Mile High are the current homes to the best home teams in the league.

MOST HOME WINS, TOTAL

TEAM HOME WINS HOME TIES
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 248 1
2. Denver Broncos 241 4
3. Miami Dolphins 230 1
3. Minnesota Vikings 230 1
5. Dallas Cowboys 229 0
6. New England Patriots 221 0
7. Green Bay Packers 217 6
8. San Francisco 49ers 215 3
9. Washington Redskins 205 2
10. Chicago Bears 204 1
11. Kansas City Chiefs 200 3
12. Oakland Raiders (+ Los Angeles) 199 2
13. Philadelphia Eagles 195 3
14. Cincinnati Bengals 192 2
15. St. Louis Rams (+ Los Angeles) 190 2
16. Indianapolis Colts (+ Baltimore) 189 2
16. San Diego Chargers 189 2
18. Buffalo Bills 188 1
18. Tennessee Titans (+ Houston/Tennessee Oilers) 188 1
20. New York Giants 186 1
21. Atlanta Falcons 185 1
22. Detroit Lions 182 1
22. Seattle Seahawks 182 0
24. Arizona Cardinals (+ St. Louis + Phoenix) 175 3
25. New Orleans Saints 168 1
26. New York Jets 167 1
27. Cleveland Browns 157 2
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 142 1
29. Baltimore Ravens 104 1
30. Jacksonville Jaguars 87 0
31. Carolina Panthers 81 0
32. Houston Texans 49 0

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HOME WINS PER SEASON, AVERAGE

TEAM HOME WINS PER SEASON # SEASONS SINCE
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 5.51 45 1970
2. Baltimore Ravens 5.47 19 1996
3. Denver Broncos 5.36 45 1970
4. Miami Dolphins 5.11 45 1970
4. Minnesota Vikings 5.11 45 1970
6. Dallas Cowboys 5.09 45 1970
7. New England Patriots 4.91 45 1970
8. Green Bay Packers 4.82 45 1970
9. San Francisco 49ers 4.78 45 1970
10. Seattle Seahawks 4.67 39 1976
11. Washington Redskins 4.56 45 1970
12. Chicago Bears 4.53 45 1970
13. Kansas City Chiefs 4.44 45 1970
14. Oakland Raiders (+ Los Angeles) 4.42 45 1970
15. Jacksonville Jaguars 4.35 20 1995
16. Philadelphia Eagles 4.33 45 1970
17. Cincinnati Bengals 4.27 45 1970
18. St. Louis Rams (+ Los Angeles) 4.22 45 1970
19. Indianapolis Colts (+ Baltimore) 4.20 45 1970
19. San Diego Chargers 4.20 45 1970
21. Buffalo Bills 4.18 45 1970
21. Tennessee Titans (+ Houston/Tennessee Oilers) 4.18 45 1970
23. New York Giants 4.13 45 1970
24. Atlanta Falcons 4.11 45 1970
25. Carolina Panthers 4.05 20 1995
26. Detroit Lions 4.04 45 1970
27. Arizona Cardinals (+ St. Louis + Phoenix) 3.89 45 1970
28. Houston Texans 3.77 13 2002
29. New Orleans Saints 3.73 45 1970
30. New York Jets 3.71 45 1970
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3.64 39 1976
32. Cleveland Browns 3.49 45 1970

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The Best and Worst Road Teams in the NFL

The San Francisco 49ers Are The Best Road Team In The NFL

The San Francisco 49ers Are The Best Road Team In The NFL

Since 1970, year of the merger, no team has won more games on the road than the San Francisco 49ers, but it’s crowded at the top.

The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers – three more storied franchises – also have over 170 wins away.

It’s hard to knock the bottom four squads – Carolina Panthers (1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995) and Houston Texans (2002). They just haven’t been around long enough to accumulate wins, home or away for that matter.

In fact, take a look at today’s second list, one more fairly based on road wins per season. There, the Ravens rise from 30th to 13th and the Panthers from 29th to 15th.

Based on the averages, the top four teams (still the same) have won just about half of their road games a season (nearly four of eight scheduled – and don’t forget, between 1970-1978 there were only 14 games on the schedule and thus only seven away games).

So, then, who are the official worst road teams? Likely, the worst teams overall over the past 45 seasons, you’d guess. And you’d be right.

Nine losers (and just one Super Bowl amongst them) have won less than three away games on average, and the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are closer to two.

MOST ROAD WINS, TOTAL

TEAM ROAD WINS ROAD TIES
1. San Francisco 49ers 179 1
2. Miami Dolphins 177 1
3. Dallas Cowboys 176 1
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 171 1
5. New England Patriots 163 0
6. Philadelphia Eagles 161 5
6. Denver Broncos 161 2
6. Indianapolis Colts (+ Baltimore) 161 0
9. Oakland Raiders (+ Los Angeles) 159 4
9. Washington Redskins 159 0
11. Minnesota Vikings 154 2
11. New York Giants 154 2
13. St. Louis Rams (+ Los Angeles) 151 3
14. Green Bay Packers 146 3
15. Chicago Bears 144 0
16. Tennessee Titans (+ Houston/Tennessee Oilers) 143 1
17. New Orleans Saints 142 3
18. San Diego Chargers 141 3
19. New York Jets 139 1
20. Kansas City Chiefs 135 4
21. Buffalo Bills 130 1
22. Cincinnati Bengals 125 0
23. Atlanta Falcons 124 4
24. Cleveland Browns 121 1
25. Seattle Seahawks 119 0
26. Arizona Cardinals (+ St. Louis + Phoenix) 113 3
27. Detroit Lions 101 3
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 93 0
29. Carolina Panthers 66 1
30. Baltimore Ravens 61 0
31. Jacksonville Jaguars 59 0
32. Houston Texans 36 0

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ROAD WINS PER SEASON, AVERAGE

TEAM ROAD WINS PER SEASON # SEASONS SINCE
1. San Francisco 49ers 3.98 45 1970
2. Miami Dolphins 3.93 45 1970
3. Dallas Cowboys 3.91 45 1970
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 3.80 45 1970
5. New England Patriots 3.62 45 1970
6. Philadelphia Eagles 3.58 45 1971
6. Denver Broncos 3.58 45 1970
6. Indianapolis Colts (+ Baltimore) 3.58 45 1970
9. Oakland Raiders (+ Los Angeles) 3.53 45 1970
9. Washington Redskins 3.53 45 1970
11. Minnesota Vikings 3.42 45 1970
11. New York Giants 3.42 45 1970
13. Baltimore Ravens 3.39 18 1997
14. St. Louis Rams (+ Los Angeles) 3.36 45 1970
15. Carolina Panthers 3.30 20 1995
16. Green Bay Packers 3.24 45 1970
17. Chicago Bears 3.20 45 1970
18. Tennessee Titans (+ Houston/Tennessee Oilers) 3.18 45 1970
19. New Orleans Saints 3.16 45 1970
20. San Diego Chargers 3.13 45 1970
21. New York Jets 3.09 45 1970
22. Seattle Seahawks 3.05 39 1976
23. Kansas City Chiefs 3.00 45 1970
24. Jacksonville Jaguars 2.95 20 1995
25. Buffalo Bills 2.89 45 1970
26. Cleveland Browns 2.88 42 1970 (minus 1996-1998)
27. Cincinnati Bengals 2.78 45 1970
28. Houston Texans 2.77 13 2002
29. Atlanta Falcons 2.76 45 1970
30. Arizona Cardinals (+ St. Louis + Phoenix) 2.51 45 1970
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2.38 39 1977
32. Detroit Lions 2.24 45 1970

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