A great deal of attention, and deservedly so, was given to the Detroit Lions following their performance in the 2008 season. The team managed to go the entire year without winning or tying in any of their games. This is an unusual feat that not many other teams have managed to “accomplish”. But, this isn’t the first time the Detroit Lions went a whole year without winning a game. The 1942 Detroit Lions put up a record of 0-11. Here are a few interesting things about that season.
-During the 1942 season, the Lions were shutout five times.
-The 1942 Lions never scored more than one time in any of their games, in fact they scored just 38 points during the entire season.
-In the final game of the season, a 15-3 loss to the Washington Redskins, the Lions rushed for just 19 yards during the game.
-In the team’s second-to-last game of the year, a 42-0 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Lions turned the ball over 12 times, including seven interceptions and five fumbles.
-The leading rusher on the team for the year was Mickey Sanzotta who put up just 268 yards all year long.
-No receiver did better than Bill Fisk for the Lions that year, he caught fifteen balls for 177 yards during the whole year.
So, while 2008 couldn’t have been worse for the Lions in the win-loss department, there are a number of ways that it could’ve been worse.