Detroit Lions 0-16 Record Makes NFL History
The Detroit Lions became the first team in NFL history to have a winless 0-16 record after losing to the Green Bay Packers, 31-21.
The Lions didn't completely roll over. After falling behind 24-14 at halftime, Lions running back Kevin Smith scored a late touchdown to narrow the Packer's lead to 24-21. That momentum was soon lost as the Packers scored on a 71-yard pass play to Donald Driver.
The last team to go winless for a full season was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went 0-14. Since then, the NFL has expanded their schedule to 16 games. In 1982, the Baltimore Colts went 0-8-1 during a strike-shortened season.
Since the end of Second World war, the only other winless NFL team was the 1960 Dallas Cowboys, who were 0-11-1.
While much has been made of the fact that the Lions have gone 0-16, their record over the last two seasons is even more pathetic. Going back to last season, the Lions have lost 23 of their last 24 games.
Some have suggested that the Lions going 0-16 record may be a marketing opportunity.
But people are bitter in Detroit, and it has become fashionable and cool to hate on the Lions with more than a bag on your head.
A guy named Johnny King has a Web site called DetroitLions0and16, where he's selling 0-16 season shirts with a drawing of a lion sprawled out on the floor.
"We've sold about 300 shirts and when they do lose it's going to be crazy," said King, who says he was a Lions season ticket holder for 20 years and was ready to make a new statement with the shirts.