Which is the worst football team in the NFL and why is it considered the worst?

Which is the worst football team in the NFL and why is it considered the worst?

Steve Njuguna
June 5, 2023 at 9:59 AM

In every competition, there is a winner and a loser. But sometimes, in the NFL, when teams lose, they lose by spectacular margins! Today we look at the worst football team in the NFL and what makes it so bad.

NFL headband
An NFL player dons a headband. Photo by Catherine Ivill
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The NFL has 32 teams split into two divisions. Only the top 14 make the postseason and compete for the Superbowl trophy. The worst teams, after all the regular season games, get priority picks during the next season's NFL draft.

What is the worst football team in the NFL?

The Detroit Lions are widely considered the worst football team ever. They had some success before the NFL era, but since then, they have not won a single playoff game since 1991. In the 2008 season, they lost all of their 16 games.

Detroit players celebrating
Detroit Lions players celebrate a touchdown during the 2022 season. Photo by Rey Del Rio
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Which is the worst football team in history?

The worst record in the history of the NFL belongs to the 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team was in its infancy and lost 26 out of its first 28 games in the NFL over two seasons. After the rocky start to life in the league, Tampa has won two Superbowl titles.

Tampa Bay at the White house with President Biden
Tampa Bay players present a jersey to US President Joe Biden after winning the Superbowl in 2021. Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service
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What is the worst football team in the year 2023?

The worst football team this year is yet to be discovered, as the 2023 season has not yet started. For the 2022 season, the Chicago Bears were the worst team of the year. They won only three games and lost 14 games.

Chicago Bears players
Chicago Bears players during a past game. Photo by Michael Reaves
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Which is the worst football team of all time?

The 1944 Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers held the record for the worst football team ever. Due to World War 2, some organisations had to merge as they needed more players. Chicago and Pittsburgh joined, as well as the Cardinals and Steelers. Those mergers proved unsuccessful, as neither group won any games.

What is the worst football team in Texas?

The Houston Texans franchise is the worst football team in Texas. It started in 1999 and has never been to a Superbowl. Their neighbour, the Dallas Cowboys, affectionately known by fans as ' America's team', is much more successful, with 8 Superbowl appearances and five titles.

Which are the worst football team names?

Some football teams have had to change their names as they had discriminatory undertones. NFL side Washington Commanders was initially known as the Washington Redskins, but that title had offensive undertones towards Native Americans. Here are some examples of sports sides that changed their names

Old team name

New team name

Washington Redskins

Washington Commanders

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Guardians

Midwestern State University Indians

Midwestern State University Mustangs

Oklahoma City University Chiefs

Oklahoma City University Indians

What is the worst NFL franchise in the past 20 years?

Since 2003, the worst NFL franchise has been the Cleveland Browns. They have won only 106 games while losing 215 games.

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have lost more games than they have won in the past 20 years. Photo by Jason Miller
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What is the best NFL team in the history of the league?

The 2007 New England Patriots are the best squad in the history of the NFL. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, they won all their regular season games and playoff ties. They fell at the last hurdle, losing the Superbowl to the New York Giants.

The NFL has had some good and bad teams over the years. The Detroit Lions are undoubtedly the worst football team in the NFL. However, even just one successful season and a trip to the Superbowl can change all of that for the Lions.

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