The Shockingly Awful History Of The Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions are really good this year.At 4-0, they have a great chance of making the playoffs for the first time this millennium.

Since winning the old NFL Championship Game in 1957, they’ve been one of the worst franchises in sports.

How bad have they been?

You might be surprised.

They've won one playoff game since 1957

Detroit has only been to the playoffs nine times in the last 53 years.

They're 1-9 with their only win coming in 1991 against Dallas. The Lions were promptly killed 41-10 by Washington in the conference championship game the next week.

They've drafted in the top 5 nine times since 1980

It's not just that the Lions have been bad. It's that they've been DREADFUL.

In nearly one third of the last 30 seasons, they've been among the worst of the worst in pro football.

They've only had double-digit wins five times since 1957

To put that in prospective, the Patriots have had at least 10 wins eight seasons in a row.

They've never played in a Super Bowl

The Lions do have an NFL Championship (1957), but they've yet to win the modern Super Bowl.

In fact, 1991 was the closest they've gotten to even playing for a title.

They've only had nine Pro Bowlers since 2000

The team has been bad. But Detroit hasn't even had star players to give the chronic losing some flare.

Nine All-Pros in 10 seasons is abysmal.

The Patriots had eight in 2008 alone.

They only have a winning record against five other NFL teams

Weird right?

The Lions don't have the historic advantage over ANY NFL team except the Cardinals, Falcons, Browns, Giants, and Buccaneers.

They haven't had a good coach since 1972

The last coach with a winning percentage over .500 with the Lions since 1957 was Joe Schmidt from 1967-1972.

That's a lot of poor coaching.

They forced Barry Sanders into early retirement

OK, it's probably unfair to say that the Lions' ineptitude is the reason legendary RB Barry Sanders retired.

But Sanders played his entire Hall of Fame career with Detroit and never got a chance to cement his legacy with a Super Bowl ring.

They had one of the worst stretches of draft picks anyone has ever seen

From 2002 to 2005, the Lions drafted Joey Harrington No. 3 overall, Charles Rogers No. 2 overall, Roy Williams No. 7 overall, and Mike Williams No. 10.

With the possible exception of R. Williams, those players are among the top-20 biggest NFL draft busts of the last 10 years.

They had the worst general manager ever

Matt Millen is responsible for that infamous 2002-2005 draft stretch.

He was so bad, Lions fans started a protest movement to get him fired.

But now they're good!

Seriously good.

As long as they stay healthy, they should be looking at a playoff run and a chance to turn around the fate of the franchise.

Now see the state of the Lions and every other NFL team

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