The Miami Dolphins are bucking for history. No NFL team ever has gone 0-16, but Miami is three losses away. But the Dolphins have stiff competition for worst team ever. Miami has lost six games by a field goal, and pro football has produced some stinkers. The five worst teams in NFL history:
•5. 1969 Steelers, 1-13:
Finished last in points allowed and next-to-last in points scored. Provided the only victory for the 1-13 Bears. Quarterbacked by the immortal Dick Shiner.
•4. 1973 Oilers, 1-13:
Beat the bad Colts 31-27 but played only two other foes within single digits. Quarterbacked by Lynn Dickey and Dan Pastorini, Houston knew the routine. The '72 Oilers also went 1-13.
•3. 1960 Cowboys, 0-11-1:
In their first season, tied the decent Giants 6-4-2 but finished last in the league in points scored and allowed. Quarterbacked by 5-foot-9 Eddie LeBaron.
•2. 1971 Bills, 1-13:
A prime O.J. Simpson rushed for only 742 yards for this sad sack team, which beat only the Patriots 27-20 and stayed within single digits of only three other teams. Buffalo finished last in points scored and allowed.
•1. 1976 Buccaneers, 0-14:
Worst record in NFL history, but you don't see these guys cheering for Miami defeats. Tampa Bay played only four teams within single digits. Quarterbacked by Steve Spurrier. Whatever became of him?