Browns, Bucs, Bills won. Which NFL teams have the longest playoff win droughts now?
1. Cincinnati Bengals (1990)
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If only the Bengals could face Cody Carlson in the playoffs again. Cincinnati crushed the Houston Oilers 41-14 at Riverfront Stadium, and have failed to get a win in seven playoff qualifications since.
2. Detroit Lions (1991)
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The Lions crushed the Dallas Cowboys 38-6 at the Pontiac Silverdome, which no longer exists. Detroit has made the playoffs eight times since and have yet to produce a win. No wonder Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson called it quits early.
3. Miami Dolphins (2000)
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Imagine Jay Fiedler out-dueling Peyton Manning in a playoff game. Well, it helps when Lamar Smith rushes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, which is how the Dolphins earned their last playoff win, 23-17 in overtime over the Indianapolis Colts. Miami has had three playoff qualifications since to do something about the drought.
4. Las Vegas Raiders (2002)
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The Raiders brought their losing streak to Vegas, as their last playoff win was the 2002 AFC Championship Game against the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders have made the playoffs just once since then, but were starting Connor Cook for an injured Derek Carr.
5. Washington (2005)
The NFC East club in the nation’s capital hasn’t won a playoff game since Joe Gibbs — at least it was his second tenure, a 17-10 win over at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington has made the playoffs four times since with zero victories.
T-6. New York Jets (2010)
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The Jets upset the New England Patriots 28-21 in the AFC divisional, and haven’t had a playoff win since, nor have they qualified for the postseason.
T-6. Chicago Bears (2010)
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Imagine Jay Cutler actually prevailed in a postseason game. That is what happened when the Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFC divisional. Chicago has made the playoffs twice since with no wins.
8. New York Giants (2011)
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The Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and haven’t won a playoff game since. Their only qualification since was 2016.
T-9. Arizona Cardinals (2015)
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The Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime in the NFC divisional. Arizona hasn’t made the playoffs since.
T-9. Carolina Panthers (2015)
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Carolina beat the Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC Championship Game. The Panthers made the playoffs once since then, but their qualification yielded no victories.
T-9. Denver Broncos (2015)
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The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, and they haven’t been back to the playoffs.