Winless 2008 Detroit Lions Are My Favorite Team of All Time

Matt KayContributor IMay 20, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28:  A fan holds a sign during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

They found their way into the record books and no one will ever forget it.

No other team in the history of 16-game football seasons can claim this “accomplishment.”

And while it’s certainly not something to brag about, no squad will probably ever match this feat.

Somehow, someway, the 2008 Detroit Lions managed to play an entire season without winning once.




Week in and week out, the Lions couldn’t find a way to record a W. And week in and week out, I couldn’t wait to watch or hear the Lions lose.

Years from now, people might not remember the 2007 Patriots’ 18-1 season. But the fans, players, and personnel of the NFL will never forget the year Detroit went 0-16.

Matt Millen will never forget it.

On opening day, the Lions lost to a rookie quarterback.

Matt Ryan will never forget it.

Then the Lions lost to Brett Favre’s replacement at Ford Field.

Aaron Rodgers will never forget it.

And so the ugliness began. The Lions then lost to a no-name NFL Europa quarterback.

J.T O’Sullivan will never forget it—he doesn‘t have any other NFL bragging rights.

After an 0-3 start heading into a bye week, the Lions fired CEO Millen in hopes of solving their problems. But things only got worse.

The Bears routed the Lions in Week Five.

Jon Kitna will never forget it, he suffered a season-ending injury that day.

In Week Six, Detroit took a 3-2 lead into halftime against Minnesota.

And Dan Orlovsky will never forget losing his first career NFL start. Or running out of the back of his own end zone—always the sign of a great quarterback, huh?

A 96-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans wasn’t enough for a win in Week Seven.

Calvin Johnson will never forget it.

In Week Eight, the Lions were blacked out from local television coverage for the first time since Ford Field’s opening in 2002.

Detroit will never forget, but at least the people in Motor City didn’t have to watch the Lions lose again. 

In their second meeting of the season with Chicago, the Lions blew a 23-13 half time lead, getting shut out in the second half.

Rex Grossman will never forget how he led his team to a come-from-behind victory in the second half, while replacing an injured Kyle Orton to contribute to the Lions’ misery.

In Week 10, David Garrard and the Jaguars went on a tear against the Lions.

Garrard will never forget the one day he had a passer rating of 128.4 in 2008 and actually looked like a Pro Bowler.

The Lions then traveled to Charlotte in Week 11.

The Panthers will never forget that one of their perfect home-record victories came against the winless Lions.

In Week 12, the Lions sacked Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback five times, but still could not find a way to win.

Jeff Garcia will never forget it. That same day he also recorded a quarterback rating of 137.5.

On Thanksgiving, the Lions suffered a 47-10 slaughtering.

The Lions will try to forget it. But they won’t.

In Week 14, Detroit held a rare fourth-quarter lead.

Tarvaris Jackson will never forget his game-winning touchdown pass, which virtually put the nail in the coffin for any chance the Lions would have of winning a single game.

The Colts beat the Lions by 10 points in Week 15.

You will never forget it.

In Week 16, Drew Brees threw for 351 yards against the Lions.

He will never forget it.

In Week 17, the Lions almost did it. They were tied with the Packers 21-21 heading into the fourth quarter. And you know what happened?

I know I do, because I will never forget it.

No team will ever be as bad as the 2008 Lions. They were classic. And that’s why they are my favorite team of all time.