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Top Ten Longest NFL Losing Streaks Since 1970

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In honor of the Oakland Raiders FINALLY snapping their 16 game losing streak last night (knew they could do it), we’re going to take a look at the top ten longest losing streaks in modern NFL history. As far as today is concerned, "modern" means since the merger in 1970. We’ll take a look at the longest streaks ever later this month. 

 

Top Ten Longest NFL Losing Streaks Since 1970

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1. In 1976-1977, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 26 straight ballgames. Ouch. 

 

2. The 2007-2009 Detroit Lions lost 19 games in a row. I recall that one vividly, as I’m sure you do. 

 

3. The 1972-1973 Houston Oilers had an 18 game losing streak over the course of two seasons. 

 

4. A decade later, from 1982-1983, the Houston Oilers had another bad run of it, losing 17 games in a row.  

 

(4*) 5. The 2008-2009 St. Louis Rams also lost 17 games consecutively. Too bad they didn’t play the Lions during those years. At least one of them would have gotten a W. 

 

6. The 2006-2007 Miami Dolphins lost 16 games in a row. 

 

(6*) 7. The pre-dynasty 1969-1970 Pittsburgh Steelers also endured a 16 game losing streak. 

 

(6*) 8. The 2013-2014 Oakland Raiders (you might’ve watched them last night) just broke their own 16 game losing streak. 

 

9. The 1970-1971 Buffalo Bills lost 15 games one after another. 

 

(9*) 10. The 2001-2002 Carolina Panthers also dealt with a 15 game losing streak. 

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