Worst NFL Team Ever In NFL History

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Worst NFL Team Ever In NFL History

No NFL club wants to enter a game with the expectation of losing. Sport, on the other hand, is not a zero-sum game. There are always strong franchises with overwhelming power compared to the common ground. A similar situation can occur when things are so horrible that people do not wish to go back in time.
Who is the worst team in the National Football League? With 288–438–1, the Buccaneers have the league’s lowest victory percentage (.397). The Cardinals have the highest rate of losses (780). These are some of the most forgettable accomplishments in the history of the National Football League.
Things, on the other hand, are not so straightforward. There are numerous considerations for deciding on the worst NFL teams. TSC will cover as many facets of the subject as feasible in this post.

The Worst Nfl Team In The Past 50 Years

Who is the worst team in the National Football League? The NFL has had a lengthy history of remarkable success and embarrassing failures on the part of the franchises in it. If we draw any inferences about the strength of each squad, we would be doing it unfairly.
Teams, like individuals, go through ups and downs. They had the best and worst seasons in the history of the league. The following list of the top ten worst NFL teams ranked by season.
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Honorable Mentions include the following: The 1949 Green Bay Packers, the 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1954 Washington Redskins, the 1966 New York Giants, and the 1980 New Orleans Saints are among the teams that have played in the NFL.

10. 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Record: 2-14

The Good

Until late in the season, the Buccaneers weren’t all that bad. Despite two overtime losses and three other losses decided by less than 14 points, the Buccaneers started the season 2-7 overall. However, they lost five straight games by a combined score of more than 20 points, but it appeared that they would be better than the 2-14 records they had achieved in 1983 and 1985.

The Bad

During the first two games of the season, Steve DeBerg was the starting quarterback, and he threw seven interceptions in the first game. In Week 3, DeBerg was relieved of his duties by Steve Young—yes, that Steve Young—but he threw 12 interceptions on only 96 pass attempts overall. That 12.5 percent interception rate is the highest single-season figure among quarterbacks who have attempted at least 80 passes since the AFL/NFL merger.

The Ugly

Following this season, the Buccaneers traded Young to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for second-and fourth-round draft picks in the following year. The Buccaneers selected Vinny Testaverde with the first overall pick in the 1987 draft and decided to put their faith in him instead of another horse.
Young went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the same time, Testaverde led the league in interceptions thrown four times, and the Buccaneers would go another decade before they would have another winning season. And this happened just one year after they selected Bo Jackson with the first overall choice, even though he had previously stated that he would not sign with them.

9. 2017 Cleveland Browns

The Record: 0-16

The Good

Despite losing every game in 2017, the Cleveland Browns were competitive until the bitter end. They were defeated by more than 17 points in one of those 16 games. It was the sixth time in as many games that they came within six points of the final score, including two games that went into overtime. This team’s average margin of defeat was only 11.0 points per game. We’re not trying to imply that this team was excellent, but at the very least, they weren’t a complete and utter doormat.

The Bad

They didn’t fire head coach Hue Jackson, as some speculated. With the 1-15 record in 2016, he finished with a 1-31 record in Cleveland with this disaster, yet he was given another eight games the following season before being fired. The Browns improved nearly immediately after he was released, going 5-3 under new head coach Gregg Williams. One can only speculate whether they would have been a playoff team in 2018 if they had parted ways with Jackson immediately following the 0-16 season in which they went 0-16.

The Ugly

The Browns tied the 2000 San Diego Chargers for the poorest turnover margin in the NFL’s history, dating back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The Browns committed 41 turnovers and only forced 13 (minus-28). No game had a positive turnover margin, as the team went five straight games (Week 12-16) without recording any takeaways during that span. Given the disparity between self-inflicted wounds and non-self-inflicted wounds, it isn’t easy to imagine they didn’t be blown out more frequently.
It should be noted that the year 2000 was Cleveland’s worst season. Even though the Browns went 3-13, they were outscored by 258 points. It was only their second season in the league as a “re-expansion” team at the time.

8. 1954 Washington Redskinsscored a

The Record: 3-9

The Good

At the very least, the Redskins were victorious in three games. Every team in our top seven concluded the season with a win total of either zero or one in the win column. Dick Alban, on the other hand, had an outstanding season on defense, intercepting nine passes. Only Night Train Lane, who ranks fourth all-time in career interceptions (68), matched or exceeded Alban’s total during that season (10).

The Bad

Despite winning three of their twelve games, the Washington Redskins scored a margin of minus-18.8 points per game during the season. It was an eight-game losing streak with an average margin of defeat of at least 17 points, highlighted by an embarrassing 62-3 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns—though at least it came against the eventual NFL champions. The team’s 30-point loss to the sub-.500 Pittsburgh Steelers was a little more difficult to swallow.

The Ugly

Sadly, due to their heinous defeats, the Redskins were matched with the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the worst Simple Rating System (SRS) mark in the history of Pro Football Reference. The Redskins’ SRS score of minus-19.66 was the worst recorded by PFF. Even though it was their first season in the league, the 1976 Buccaneers are widely regarded as one of the worst teams in NFL history, and we did not include them because it was their inaugural season. All that kept the 1954 Redskins from making our top three teams were their three victories that season.

7. 1966 New York Giants

4 OF 10

The Good

The passing game for New York was quite good. Even though Gary Wood, Earl Morrall, and Tom Kennedy combined to throw 31 interceptions, they had a strong receiving corps that included Homer Jones, Aaron Thomas, and Joe Morrison, who all played well. Only 27 players had at least 680 receiving yards that season, and the Giants had three of the players on their roster. Even if that is a byproduct of continuously playing from behind and having a poor running game, let’s not get caught up in the particulars.

The Bad

From 1956 to 1963, the Giants qualified for the NFL Championship six times. For a decade, they were one of the most dominant teams in the National Basketball Association. However, they were a complete disaster in the first year of the AFL-NFL World Championship, later becoming known as the Super Bowl. They even suffered a double-digit loss to the Atlanta Falcons, a 0-9 expansion team that had been barely competitive up to that point.

The Ugly

The Giants’ defense in 1966 was possibly the weakest in NFL history. Their defense surrendered at least 500 points in a season, joining the 1981 Baltimore Colts and 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to do so in a season in which they played 14 games. It was a three-week span late in the season in which the G-Men surrendered 72, 49, and 47 points in successive games that the G-scoring Men’s average dropped to 35.8 points per game. However, it should be noted that six of the 66 touchdowns they allowed resulted from fumbles or interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. This defense, on the other hand, receives a failing grade.

6. 1991 Indianapolis Colts

5 OF 10

The Record: 1-15

The Good

They nearly avoided going winless for the season with a 28-27 victory over the New York Jets in Week 11. As part of a 21-point third quarter, the Colts scored on a kickoff return by Clarence Verdin, and they were able to maintain their lead when the Jets settled for two field goals of 22 and 25 yards on their only two offensive plays in the fourth quarter.

The Bad

Indianapolis was the first overall pick in the 1992 draft, but it selected one of the biggest failures in draft history in the form of Michael Strahan. Steve Emtman was a force of energy in college, but injuries plagued the defensive tackle during his brief professional football career in the NFL. JaMarcus Russell is still the worst No. 1 pick in history, but Emtman is at the top of the list of “Man, if only he could have stayed healthy” players who were picked first overall in the history of the NFL.

The Ugly

However, even though it had a Hall of Fame running back (Eric Dickerson) and a quarterback selected first overall in the 1990 NFL Draft (Jeff George), this offense was a complete disaster. The Colts only gained 234.3 yards and scored 8.9 points per game on average. Only one other team in the league average less than 10 points per game in a 16-game season: the 1992 Seattle Seahawks (8.8 PPG). If it hadn’t been for that tight victory over the Jets, the Colts might have been the top team in this ranking.

5. 1973 Houston Oilers

6 OF 10

The Record: 1-13

The Good

The only good news is that they were only down for a short period. Despite making a mind-numbingly stupid transaction, which will be covered later, the Oilers managed to go from having one of the worst seasons in NFL history to finishing with a 7-7 record the following season. It only took them five years to make it back to the playoffs.

The Bad

However, this unit was awful even with Elvin Bethea, an eight-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, on the defensive line, allowing 447 points throughout a 14-game season (just under 32 per game). In addition, there wasn’t a circumstance in which one or two awful performances tainted the overall results. They surrendered at least 17 points in their first seven games, and only one of their first seven opponents scored less than 30 points.

The Ugly

However, despite going 1-13 in consecutive seasons, the Edmonton Oilers did not have a single pick in the first three rounds of the 1974 NHL Draft. They gave up their first-round choice and a third-round selection in exchange for two players (Tody Smith and Billy Parks) who would never achieve anything. And the player selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the first overall choice, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, was a three-time Pro Bowler who could have made a significant difference.

4. 2009 St. Louis Rams

7 OF 10

The Record: 1-15

The Good

Even though the rest of the squad was terrible, Steven Jackson still managed to put up impressive numbers, running for 1,416 yards and four touchdowns while collecting 322 yards through the air. For him, it was the second-highest total of yards from scrimmage of his career, and it was sufficient to earn him a spot in the Pro Bowl. The Rams also selected quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall choice in the following draft, although he had only had one winning season, which came in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings when he went 2-0.

The Bad

The Rams’ most mediocre offensive performance since 1942 came less than a decade after “The Greatest Show on Turf.” They were averaging less than 280 yards and 11 points a game. They turned the ball nearly twice as many times (33 times) as they scored touchdowns (17). However, one of those touchdowns came on a Leonard Little pick-six, indicating that the offense was committing turnovers more than twice as often as scoring touchdowns. Jackson seems to be the only one who didn’t get the memo about tanking the ship.

The Ugly

This was only the lowest moment in a bleak half-decade, not the world’s end. Since their last winning season in 2004, the Rams have gone 13 years without a victory, and they have lost at least 13 games in four of the previous five seasons (2007-11). In those four seasons, they were outscored by at least 175 points, with the worst season ending with a minus-261 point differential in 2009, their worst season ever.

3. 1990 New England Patriots

8 OF 10

The Record: 1-15

The Good

At the very least, the Patriots gave their fans some reason to be optimistic about beginning the season. They came within a touchdown of defeating Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins in the season opener. They did, however, defeat Indianapolis in the second game of the season. Things, on the other hand, began to snowball quickly after that. Steve Grogan started at quarterback for the lone victory of the season, which served as a fitting send-off for him. For 16 consecutive seasons, he pushed through and returned from nearly every injury known to man to win at least one game in each of those seasons.

The Bad

Rod Rust is in such trouble. After nearly four decades of coaching football, much of which was spent as a defensive coordinator, he was finally allowed to become an NFL head coach at 62. As a result, this is the hand he has been dealt. Given that this was his only season as a head coach, he concluded his coaching career with a winning rate of 0.0625 percent.

The Ugly

In between losing the first game by three points and winning the second game by two points, the Patriots lost the next 14 games by 266 points. In only three of the losses, one of those close calls was a complete disgrace. Despite forcing five turnovers and committing none, they were defeated 17-10 by the Dolphins, dropping their record to 1-5. That was when historical ineptitude was recognized as a legitimate possibility. Despite their efforts, they fell short of matching the 1981 Baltimore Colts for the worst score difference in a 16-game season (minus-274) (minus-265).

2. 1942 Detroit Lions

9 OF 10

The Record: 0-11

The Good

Most people do not believe this to be the worst season in Lions franchise history, as they did in 2008 when they went 0-16. That can be viewed as a positive development for the 1942 Lions. They also produced two All-Stars (the Pro Bowl wasn’t established until 1950), though it’s impossible to say what criteria were used in the selection process. Harry Hopp was selected even though he threw 13 interceptions and had zero touchdowns to his credit. The other selection, RG/K Augie Lio, failed to make any of his four field-goal tries on the season.

The Bad

Even if turnovers were considerably more common during this age of football, this might still be a mind-boggling revelation. The Lions committed 12 turnovers in a 42-0 loss to the unbeaten Chicago Bears in the next-to-last game of this dreadful season. However, although the 1950 Chicago Cardinals and the 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers later tied the Lions’ mark, the Lions should be considered the undisputed champions (of thorns) because they committed those 12 turnovers in only 50 offensive plays. The Cardinals and Steelers needed 66 and 73 points to win.

The Ugly

In terms of average margin of defeat, the No. 1 team on this list has the poorest record of all time, but the Lions aren’t far behind them, losing by an average of 20.5 points each game. The defense was atrocious, but the offense was the most abysmal in history. Detroit scored 38 points throughout the season, an average of 3.45 points per game. At the very least, the Lions scored on occasion during their winless season in 2008.

1. 1944 Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers

10 OF 10

When players were called up to serve in World War II, rosters were compromised, merging two clubs into one. This was accomplished by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles in 1943, and they finished with a respectable 5-4-1 record. When the Pittsburgh Steelers amalgamated with the Chicago Cardinals the following year, things didn’t go as well as they might.

The Record: 0-10

The Good

Several other teams went winless in 1944, including the “Card-Pitts.” The Brooklyn Tigers were likewise 0-10 in their first season. However, although the Tigers had a reasonably reasonable average margin of victory (minus-9.7), this Chicago/Pittsburgh mash-up had a significantly poorer mark, which we’ll discuss later. Despite this, they came close to winning their season opener against the Cleveland Browns, and they did manage to win an exhibition game against the New York Giants the following week. After all, it wasn’t until the third week that everything went to hell in a handbasket.

The Bad

It’s practically possible to compile a top-10 list of all the hilariously awful statistics in this place. The Card-Pitts threw 41 interceptions, suitable for 4.1 per game, which remains the worst in NFL history. They also averaged only 32.7 yards per punt, which is disgraceful yardage. Finally, my favorite is that their adjusted yards gained per throw attempt (which accounts for all of the yards gained, attempts made, touchdowns scored, and interceptions) was minus-1.7. That implies they lost 1.7 yards on the ground every time they dropped back to pass.

The Ugly

This season was recorded in the history books as a loss for the Cardinals rather than a win for the Steelers, even though the Steelers played three of the five games at home. As a result, the Cardinals, who went 0-10 in 1943, are the only team in baseball history to have consecutive winless seasons. With the six-game losing run that ended in 1942 and the 0-3 start to 1945, the Cardinals have the NFL record for the longest losing streak with 29 games under their collective belt.
And that isn’t even the most egregious aspect of the situation. Cards-Pitts were defeated 328-108, for an average margin of defeat of 22.0 points per game, which is an NFL record that may or may not be legitimate.

Conclusion

No team wants to be included on these types of lists. On the other hand, we understand that no matter how great a dynasty is, there will be periods when it will be defeated. Their failures can serve as a launching pad for the team to become even more successful in the future.
Consider the Buccaneers’ early-season failures: does anyone believe they have redeemed themselves and are on the verge of winning their first Super Bowl trophy? The element of surprise makes the NFL so appealing, and we look forward to more pleasant surprises in the future.