The 10 Worst NFL Franchises Over The Past 10 Years

By Aaron Kroh
December 18, 2012 8:53 am
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During the past decade, we have seen many things in the NFL. From the formation of the four divisions per conference in 2002 and the Seahawks moving to the NFC West, to the overtime rule change. From the Patriots 19-1 season (only loss was to Giants in Super Bowl XLII), to the Detroit Lions 0-16 season in 2008.

We have seen so much throughout the past ten years and it is hard keeping up with everything and winners are usually remembered more than teams that didn't quite fair so well. There are the exceptions, such as the 2008 Lions, or the 2009 Rams, finished 1-15.

When a season is so bad, it will stand out as a memorable season, just for the shear fact that it is uncommon. What isn't remembered by most, is a season like 2007, when the Ravens finished 5-11, or in 2003, when the Steelers finished 6-10.

There has been only one team since 2001, to not finish with at least one losing season -- the New England Patriots. Since 2001, the Patriots have won three Super Bowls, lost two more and averaged 12.2 wins per season. They are the measuring stick for the first decade of the 2000's.

Not every team has experienced success like the Patriots, in fact, a few teams have experienced failure at about the same rate as the Patriots experience success. The Detroit Lions come to mind right away. The Cleveland Browns are forever last in the AFC North and the Buffalo Bills have experienced the curse of Kelly, having only one winning season (9-7 in 2004) since 1999.

Out of all 32 NFL teams, find out which ten have been the absolute worst over the past ten seasons. Let us begin, shall we.


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2 years ago
I think my Chargers should get an honorable mention as well. Despite winning their division for the majority of the decade, playoff wins have been elusive and they have steadily declined into the mess they are today.
2 years ago

Agreed. Although your Chargers have shown a lot of regular season success, it hasn't translated into the post-season. I have never been a Philip Rivers fan, thinking he was always over-rated, and this season the wheels just fell off. #Norved
Natalie, do you think Norv, AJ Smith and any others should be let go at the end of the season?
2 years ago

I thought that Norv and AJ should have been let go 2 years ago, or last year at the very latest. I place a lot of blame on Dean Spanos who doesn't seem to care about his team or the fans.

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