The Buffalo Bills reached the halfway point to an 0-16 season when they dropped their eighth game of the year to the Bears this past Sunday. It's the team's worst start in 26 years, when they earned the first overall pick by going 2-14 in 1984. (Optimist alert: the Bills drafted Bruce Smith first overall the following year.)
Let's compare how the only two winless teams since the merger are stacking up to our current crop of winless Bills Here's a reminder of what it looked like three weeks ago.
1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The expansion Bucs were truly out of their league. After being shut out in both of their opening games, they suffered another shut out in Week 5. They did not score more than 20 points in a game the entire season, and played in only three games that were decided by one score; all three were in the first eight weeks of the year. They gave up an average of 23 points per game in their first eight games, as well, while scoring only 75 total points themselves. Not a single game went by without Tampa Bay giving up a turnover, but they were actually +4 at this point of their season. The fewest total yards they allowed was 253, and the most yards they would gain totaled 334. Up Next: Denver Broncos (4-4)
2008 Detroit Lions
Halfway through their 0-16 season, the Lions had played in many close games like the Bills. Losses 5-8 were all by one score or less. The Lions were averaging 17.1 points per game on offense and allowing a shade under 30 defensively. Only once had the defense held an opponent under 25 points, which also happened to be the game in which they produced their highest point total of the season offensively. They were -3 in turnover margin, but their defense was giving up almost 409 yards per game. Up Next: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)
2010 Buffalo Bills
The Bills are mired in an 0-8 start, but their offensive numbers are better than Tampa's and Detroit's through eight games. Buffalo's 18.8 points scored per game is tops, as is their 304.6 yards gained per game. Their defense, however, is really letting the offense down. Buffalo's -7 turnover margin is by far the worst of all three teams on the list, and the 29.1 points per game allowed puts them barely behind the Lions. After three straight three-point losses, the Bills now have five losses by one score of less this season. Up Next: Detroit Lions (2-6)