Oakland Raiders and the 20 Longest Losing Streaks in NFL History

It's A Black Hole All Right, For The 2014 Oakland Raiders

It’s A Black Hole All Right, For The 2014 Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are currently sitting on a 14-game losing streak, the 13th longest of all time and 10th longest since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

Whew. After three playoff appearances in 20 years and 11 losing seasons (10 of which with five wins or fewer) and five 8-8 seasons during that time, the Raiders have started this season 0-8. Add those six finishers from last season and voila, Oakland is climbing the ignominious ranking below.

They might even catch…themselves. Back in 1961 and 1962, the Raiders lost 19 in a row, tied for third all time with the more recent Detroit Lions.

But let’s go to the stratosphere of losing streaks – those of 20 or more. There are two, one modern and one – the longest – old time.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their ugly uniforms had an equally ugly run – together they lost 26 consecutive in the mid-1970’s.

And it took two teams to forge perhaps one of the worst records to own in football, a team sport all about winning one on any given Sunday. The Chicago Cardinals, first alone, then, due to financial pressures in the early NFL, as merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers, managed to lose 29 in row.

I can’t believe such huge losing streaks can happen again in today’s game. Let’s see how far the Raiders take this one.

UPDATED LIST: The Oakland Raiders finally win in Week 12 of 2014, ending their losing streak at 16.

ALL-TIME POST-MERGER TEAM LOSING STREAK SEASON(S)
1.   Chicago Cardinals, Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers 29 1942-1945
2. 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 1976-1977
3. 2. Detroit Lions 19 2007-2009
3.   Oakland Raiders 19 1961-1962
5. 3. Houston Oilers 18 1972-1973
6. 4. Houston Oilers 17 1982-1983
6. 4. St. Louis Rams 17 2008-2009
6.   Washington Redskins 17 1960-1961
9. 6. Miami Dolphins 16 2006-2007
9. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers 16 1969-1970
9. 6. Oakland Raiders 16 2013-2014
12. 9. Buffalo Bills 15 1970-1971
12. 9. Carolina Panthers 15 2001-2002
14. 11. Buffalo Bills 14 1976-1977
14. 11. Baltimore Colts 14 1981
14. 11. Houston Texans 14 2013
14. 11. New Orleans Saints 14 1980
14. 11. New England Patriots 14 1990
19. 16. Buffalo Bills 13 1983-1984
19. 16. Indianapolis Colts 13 2011
19. 16. Indianapolis Colts 13 1986
19. 16. Detroit Lions 13 2000-2001
19. 16. Jacksonville Jaguars 13 2012-2013

Note: These are regular season streaks. Playoff games (if any for these stinkers) are not included.

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP via bleacherreport.com

Posted on November 3, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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