One season after the Patriots went 16-0, the Lions have are nearing an equally remarkable accomplishment. If they lose this weekend at Green Bay (haven't won their since 1991), the Lions will become the first team in league history to fail to win a single game during the regular season. Pretty impressive. In fact, I think it is even more impressive than New England's accomplishment last season.
The Lions lost 42-7 to the Saints in their home finale on Sunday becoming the first 0-15 team in league history while managing to look as bad as they have all season. The Lions are the fourth team to start 0-13 or worse since 1976, when Tampa Bay infamously finished 0-14 as an expansion team. However, the 2007 Dolphins (0-13), 1986 Colts (0-13) and 1980 Saints (0-14) avoided the dubious distinction of being the first team to finish winless since the league lengthened the regular season in 1978.
"Awful, embarrassing, we stunk, any bad adjective you can use," quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. "It's a daunting task (at Green Bay) and I'm sure everyone will be betting against us. We have to man up, and it's going to be difficult with the holiday, and treat this week very serious. Every guy in here needs to treat this game like it's the last game he's ever played, because it's embarrassing to be 0-16."
As bad as I think I have it as a Bengals' fan, I need to look no further than north to Detroit to realize that my team is nowhere near rock bottom.
The franchise has not won a playoff game since 1957. They've mustered two winning seasons in 13 years (ok, that's better than the Bengals' one in the last 18). The Lions are 40-101 this decade, which amounts to a depressing winning percentage of .284. How bad is it when you consider Wayne Fontes the best coach in the organization's history? Pretty freakin' bad.
With little to root for in Week 17, the Lions going 0-16 is worth talking about.