How low can you go?

December, 20, 2008
12/20/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

As Detroit approaches history, it's our moral responsibility to look ahead at the next potential milestone. The Lions are two games away from 0-16. So what's next?

If they finish winless this season, the Lions will have produced the fourth-worst losing streak in NFL history, dating to the earliest days of the league. Two more losses would put Detroit's streak at 17 games, including the 2007 regular-season finale. It's a feat surpassed by only two other post-merger teams and four overall.

The worst? From 1976-77, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 26 consecutive games.

Here is the comprehensive list for historic safe-keeping, as provided by ESPN Stats & Information:

Longest NFL Losing Streaks
TeamLossesYears
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 1976-77
Chicago Cardinals 19 1942-43, 1945*
Oakland Raiders 19 1961-62
Houston Oilers 18 1972-73
Dayton Triangles 17 1927-29 (now defunct)
Washington Redskins 17 1960-61
Houston Oilers 17 1982-83
Rochester Jeffersons 16 1922-25 (now defunct)
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 1969-70
Miami Dolphins 16 2006-07
Detroit Lions 15 2007-08
Buffalo Bills 15 1970-71
Carolina Panthers 15 2001
*1944 season discounted because Chicago and Pittsburgh combined teams in wartime measure

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