Top 5 worst NFL teams of all time
Everyone loves a winner, but in order to have winners, there has to be losers. And the over the years, the NFL has had its share. And it’s a fact that some of the most memorable teams in the NFL are also some of the most horrible to have ever set foot on the gridiron. The expert NFL Picks from Jon Price are
During the nearly 100 years the NFL has been around there have been some truly unforgettable teams, which have endured the most miserable seasons.
From the 1934 Cincinnati Reds (yes, there was a NFL team called the Reds), who scored just one touchdown all season, to the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 0-16.
So for those that support any of the teams on our list, it might be time to break out the paper bag, as we take a look at the five worst NFL teams of all-time.
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1. 2008 Detroit Lions — In 2008, the Detroit Lions made history, becoming the first team since the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to end an NFL season with no wins or tied games. They also one upped the Bucs, being the first team to do it since the schedule was expanded to 16 games. The Lions surrendered 517 points to their opponents that season, the second most ever by an NFL team since the 1981 Colts. The 17 straight looses Detroit endured ended up getting head coach Rod Marinelli fired at the end of the season. Uh, you think?
2. 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The only thing worse than those burnt orange uniforms, was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers record in 1976. The only reason the Bucs didn’t make #1 on our list, is because they were an expansion team. That year Tampa managed to play an entire 14-game season without winning or tying a single game. And to make things worse, it couldn’t score and it couldn’t stop other teams from scoring. The Bucs averaged less than nine points per game and gave up more than 20 that season, and did not score a touchdown until their fourth game. Rumor has it that head coach John Mckay stopped talking to the team after Week 3 of the season. Can you blame him?
3. 1990 New England Patriots — I bet some are surprised to see New England on our list. But it’s true. Even the Pats are not impervious to suffering through a horrendous season. And just like the Patriots of today, are also not immune from a little off-the-field drama. After winning their only game in Week 2 of the 1990 season, New England tight end Zeke Mowatt, running back Robert Perryman and wide receiver Michael Timpson were all accused of sexually harassing a female reporter for the Boston Globe in the Patriots’ locker room. It was a fitting beginning to season in which the Pats finished dead last in the NFL, while scoring just 181 points total and giving up 446 points. It was the worst point differential in the NFL during the 1990s.
4. 2009 St. Louis Rams — The Rams went 1-15 during the 2009 season, capping off a three-season stretch with a total of just six wins. It was the worst record for an NFL team over a three-year period in more than 60 years. The Rams scored just 175 points during the season, also making them the sixth lowest-scoring team ever in a 16-game season. St. Louis’ lone win came by way of an equally hapless Detroit Lions in Week 8. And if not for that win, would have landed much higher on our list.
5. 2000 San Diego Chargers — Less than a decade before the 2009 Rams finished the NFL season 1-15, the San Diego Chargers had already done it. That season the Bolts were really, really baaaaaad. And at the tip of the poison spear was controversial quarterback Ryan Leaf, who in his third year with San Diego, had only four wins as a starter. Leaf threw 18 interceptions during the 2000 season, as the ground game limped to just a little over 1,000 yards, on its way to becoming the least successful rushing team of all time. The only good thing that came from the Chargers horrible season, was that they were able to snag LaDainian Tomlinson in the draft the following