Steelers have the best worst record in the NFL since 1978

Karl Walter

The 5-11 Steelers of 1988 represents the worst Steelers team, record-wise, since the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978. Pittsburgh has the most wins in their worst season than any other franchise in the NFL.

Any team going 5-11 isn't going to be particularly thrilled.

But the Pittsburgh Steelers' 5-11 season of 1988 is the best of the worst, so to speak.

SInce the NFL expanded its schedule to 16 games in 1978, the Steelers are the only team to not have won at least five games in a non strike-shortened season (the Steelers still won six in 1982). They have the most wins in their worst 16 game season than any other team in the league.

This serves as little more than trivia on an otherwise uneventful Sunday, but it's still kind of a cool stat.

Courtesy of DocMarlowe on Reddit

In fact, if we were really bored, we could come up with an all-time playoff system of these bad teams. The Steelers would have the No. 1 seed in the AFC, followed by the 4-12 Broncos of 2010 or the 4-12 Ravens of 1996 for the second and fifth seeds, respectively.

Cleveland would, again, not make the playoffs. The Bears and Packers each have 4-12 as their best bad season since 1978, and would take the first and fifth seeds in the NFC.

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