The Detroit Football Puddy-Tats have pushed aside the 1972-73 Houston Oilers in the history books, becoming the team in the post-merger era to have the second longest losing streak (behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lost their first 26 games as a franchise).
Detroit now shares second place in the longest losing streak with two other teams. The Oakland Raiders had a 19 game losing streak during 1961-62, when they were pretty much a new franchise (although all of the AFL could be considered as new franchises at that point). The then Chicago Cardinals were actually involved in a 29-game losing streak, but between the war affecting them to a greater degree than other teams (they would win an NFL Championship in 1947, two years after the war ended) and a ten game stint where they were combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers, their swoon can be partly explained.
And Detroit’s excuse? The Curse? The Ownership?
Next weekend’s game is against the Redskins, who are actually pretty bad. It’s possible that they’ll be able to win this one…but then, quite a few of the games last year could have been won were it not for mistakes or general Puddy-Tattiness. After the Redskins there’s Chicago (who’s pretty good; they just defeated the Super Bowl Champion Steelers) and if both these games are losses we’ll start seeing a “Countdown to 27(and maybe a countdown to 30, to make EVERYTHING clear).