Great article today in the Buffalo News by Jerry Sullivan. The article shows us Bills fans that even though the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in ten years, and with Ralph Wilson saying the rebuilding should take three MORE years, the Bills aren’t the only franchise in NFL history to have a lengthy playoff birth drought.
My top six NFL droughts:
1. Lions: Ralph Wilson’s hometown team has also gone 10 years without playoffs. But Bills fans should consider themselves fortunate. Detroit has won one playoff game in the last 53 years, a division round rout of the Cowboys in 1991. They went 0-16 two years ago and are 3-34 in their last 37 games. Lions at Bills on Nov. 14. Circle your calendars.
2. Cardinals: Went 51 years between playoff wins (1947-98), a streak that followed them from Chicago to St. Louis to their present home in Arizona. They missed the playoffs from 1982 to ’98, then suffered another nine-year playoff drought before making their surprise run to the Super Bowl two seasons ago.
3. Bengals: The Bungles, er, Bengals had 14 straight non-winning seasons between 1991 and 2004. They haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years. How about this drought? Cincinnati has lost nine in a row to the Bills in the regular season. Better circle Nov. 21 at Cincy, too.
4. N.Y. Giants: I began watching weekly Giants games in 1964, just in time for their run of 17 straight seasons without the playoffs. Have fond memories of those “Goodbye, Allie” Sherman chants and Fran Tarkenton heaving bombs to Homer Jones in high-scoring defeats.
5. Eagles: Philly has three playoff droughts of 10 years or more in its 77-year NFL history. After winning the NFL championship over the Packers in 1960, they went 18 years before revisiting the playoffs. They had one winning season in 16 years before Dick Vermeil and Ron Jaworski got things turned around.
6. Bears: Have you noticed that a lot of franchises go south after winning it all? Chicago won the 1963 NFL title game, then didn’t return to the playoffs until 1977. Their next playoff win was in 1984, and they won the Super Bowl the following year. No wonder Mike Ditka is such a hero in the Windy City.
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