The 2008 Detroit Lions set a high standard for low standards. They were the first 0-16 team in NFL history, an achievement that merited an upside-down banner and a parade down a street full of banana peels.
It took almost three decades for a team to go 0-16.
It might take one year for it to happen again.
Four teams are currently 0-5, and at least two of them seem to have a real shot at 0-16. Anybody can be bad for a week. It takes a special team to be bad every week.
Can anybody go 0-16 in 2009? To find out, I measured my gut feeling on a team's overall lack of talent, coaching, and schedule, then assigned numbers to each gut feeling, and added up the numbers to make it seem like this was some kind of mathematical formula.
We will get to the formula in a second. But first, let's pause to pay our respects to the Oakland Raiders, who -- through no fault of their own -- have won a game. The Raiders had so much 0-16 potential. They're awful enough to make
So why did they win a game? Because they played the Chiefs, that's why.
That's why schedule is a big factor on our silly formula. As I mentioned, I also judged team's overall lack of talent and coaching. And also: karma. Yes, karma. Sometimes destiny is on your side, and sometimes destiny is
Now, on to the hopefuls ...
The Titans are 0-5, which is the only reason they are on this list. No sane person can see this team going 0-10, let alone 0-16. Besides having a lot of the same players who earned homefield advantage throughout the playoffs last year, they are eighth in the league in rushing and third in run defense. This is not an 0-16 team. I don't even understand how this is an 0-5 team.
The Chiefs have lost 28 of 30 games, which is not as stark and eye-catching as 0-16, but speaks to their overall level of ... uh, craposity. That is two full seasons of stink.
The Bucs started 9-3 last season, and they did it mostly without star running back
The Rams are a 10-point road underdog against Jacksonville this weekend, which means they must have had some really good practices this week. How else to explain the improvement? They are giving up 29 points per game and scoring seven. That, my friends, is 0-16-esque.
The Rams have won five of their last 37 games.