Has an NFL team ever gone 0-16 ???

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  1. Brian Lawrence

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    I'm not very knowlable about footbal, But I am pulling for Detroit to secure a perfect losing season. What I don't know is if it has ever been done before??
     
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    You young whippersnappers. This 38 year old geezer knows the Tampa Bay Bucs went 0-14 their first year. IIRC, they went 0-3 the next year before winning their first game. No one has gone oh-fer since the NFL went to a 16 game season.

    Of course the Miami Dolphins went undefeated in 1972 (or 1973). I've read that many members of that team still get together for a champagne toast every year whenever the last undefeated team finally goes down.
     
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    I just looked it up. They actually went 0-12 their second year before winning their last 2 games to finish 2-12.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. It looks like Detroit are on their way to extending their record to 0-10 today. Good for them.
     
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    I beleive the same Dolphins also hold the record for the longest regular season winning streak (16 games, not counting post season) and John Madden's first Superbowl Raider had 15, which was as close as anybody's ever got.
     
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    Just an FYI: The 82 Colts went winless in 1982 with a record of 0-8.
     
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    No team has ever gone 0-16, but there have been some 1-15 teams. The first 1-15 team I was old enough to remember was the 1980 Saints. As I recall, they beat the Jets in the last game of the season. Of course, many football fans relished in the Cowboys 1-15 campaign in 1989, Troy Aikman's rookie season and Tom Landry's last. It's possible that there were some 0-14 teams, but I am not old enough to remember that. [​IMG]
     
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    By the way, the Lions made a good effort today against the Packers, but alas, they lost. The Lions still have a shot at history. You think Barry Sanders wants to come back now? [​IMG]
     
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    Damn! The Lions sure put on a great show today!
    McMahon looks pretty good. Charlie is good too, but needs more confidence.
    I'm from Detroit and am a Lions fan. With all the close games they have had this year, I am confident they will pull off some upsets come the end of the season.
    And next year I look for them to make the Superbowl! [​IMG]
    Then Barry will want to come back! [​IMG]
     
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    Since no team has gone 0-16, just as no team has gone 16-0, I still think the Lions will eventually win one game. As for winning the Super Bowl next year... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    >>just as no team has gone 16-0,
     
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    The Dolphins' perfect season was 14-0 plus 3 wins in the post season. The team that I thought was going to go 16-0 was the 1985 Bears. They were dominant on defense and above average on offense. IIRC, they were defeated by Dan Marino and the Dolphins in about the 12th week of the season.
     
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    0-11 !!!
    I think that Detroit will be able to pull this off [​IMG]
     
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    Samuel,
    What's the misconception? All of that sounds above average to me.[​IMG]
    I guess your point is they were near the top in offense as well. That may have been true. I probably should have said they were "at least above average". I didn't look up stats or anything. I'm not a Bears fan, so it's just my recollection of that season and the defense definitely overshadowed the offense. Heck, the most memorable touchdown that year probably belonged to the Fridge!
    In a historical context, that defense will probably have several HOFers whereas the offense will probably only have Payton.
     
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    The '85 Bears were the closest thing ever to a perfect football team. When they played [and lost to] Miami they were still building momentum. And McMahon didn't play that game or much of it anyway. If they played Miami later in the season or even in the Super Bowl, they would have kicked Miami's ass from here to Saturn.

    Unfortunately the '86 Bears were still hung over from celebrating the Super Bowl victory. Combined with a way too easy schedule they were over confident and sloppy. If they had a tougher schedule and lost a game or two early they might have woken up and gone on to win another Super Bowl.
     
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    Wrong. The Bucs went 0-26 before winning their first game. [​IMG]
     
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    0-12 baby!!!!!!!! 0-12!!!!!
    The Lions now need only to loose 4 more games [​IMG]
     

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