The Real Worst Team Of All Time: The 1976 Bucs Or The 2008 Lions?


Published: March 10, 2009


... team in NFL history to go 0-16 in a season. However, they weren't the first team to go winless in an NFL season.

The Cowboys went 0-11-1 in 1960. The 1982 Colts went 0-8-1 in a strike shortened season. But the most notorious winless team was perhaps the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went 0-14.

But ever since the Lions reached 0-16, people have debated who was truly the worse team. So who is it? Well, let's start by looking at the stats.

The '76 Bucs averaged a mere 8.9 points per game, and were shut out five times, the worst loss being a 42-0 rout against the Steelers. The highest amount of points they scored in a game was 20.

The '08 Lions averaged 16.7 points per game, and scored a high of 25 points. They were never shut out, however, they suffered a truly embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Titans. The Lions were destroyed 47-10 on Thanksgiving, the most lopsided defeat in Detroit's 69 game Thanksgiving history. They also suffered the no...

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