Detroit Lions: 1995
Very rarely does a team get to the middle of November with a sub-.500 record and make noise all the way to the end of the season, but that’s exactly what the 1995 Detroit Lions accomplished.
After starting the season 3-6, the Lions looked headed toward a top 10 draft selection and like the had no chance of competing for any sort of playoff spot whatsoever.
Then one by one, they started winning games.
As a matter of fact, after losing their sixth game of the season, the Lions didn’t lose the rest of the way in the regular season. The defense started forcing a ton of turnovers down the stretch of the second half of the season, and the offense was borderline unstoppable.
Detroit finished the 1995 season with the second-highest scoring team in the NFL but was unable to keep it going in the playoffs.
Still, they were able to win the final seven games on their regular season schedule and make it to the postseason thanks to the glorious offensive performances that year of Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, Scott Mitchell, and Brett Perriman.