Going through an entire NFL season without ever winning a game is something that gives coaches nightmares (or at least it should). With it being their job to get the team on track and on the right side of the scoreboard, failing to win even one could indicate how well a coach did his job.
Throughout the history of the NFL, there have been only five winless seasons:
- 1960 Dallas Cowboys (0-11-1)
- 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14)
- 1982 Baltimore Colts (0-8-1)
- 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16)
- 2017 Cleveland Browns (0-16)
With it happening twice in the last dozen years of the game’s modern era, fans are now looking for candidates that could be next. Sportsbooks have posted odds for specific teams, but is it more common to see them post odds for whether any team will go winless— as Bovada.lv has:
NFL 2020-2021 Season – Will Any Team Finish 0-16 In The Regular Season?
- Yes +1000
- No -5000
According to those odds, there is a 98.04 percent no one goes winless and a 9.09 percent chance someone will. Considering how the history of the league has played out, those odds sound fair. But who could complete the ignominious feat?
Two weeks into the season, 11 teams have yet to win a game: the Falcons, Panthers, Vikings, Lions, Eagles, Giants, Broncos, Texans, Bengals, Jets, and Dolphins.
Houston has played two of the best teams in the league so far. While they did not have much of a chance, they were not terrible. They will get at least one. It is probably safe to count the Falcons out, too. With how they are generating yards, they are bound to outscore someone.
Carolina has been competitive, but they will have a hard time winning without Christian McCaffrey for the near future. Minnesota has been shockingly bad so far, but they struggled to start the season last year. So, maybe there is hope for this season.
There might be hope for the Lions. While they got pasted by the Packers, they were in it against the Bears. With Washington on the schedule, their hopes for at least one is good.
Philadelphia was not supposed to be as bad as they have been, so there is good reason to hold out hope for them getting a win or two. But with Saquon Barkley going down, the same can’t be said for the Giants.
Denver entered the season with a lot of promise, but injuries will make things harder on them in the future. Joe Burrow has played well, which gives the Bengals hope. Miami has been competitive in both games so far, just not well enough. But things look dismal for the Jets.
Sam Darnold hasn’t shown any improvement, injuries have taken a toll, and with how badly they played against the 49ers, it doesn’t look like the coaching staff is doing a good job.
So—how should you bet?
The odds are definitely against anyone going winless, and a reasonable case can be made for almost everyone winning at least one— but the Jets. Because of the Jets, take yes, but don’t bet the house on this one (or even the outhouse).