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Miami Dolphins: the best winless team ever

Posted by Doug on November 21, 2007

Since the merger, there have been 12 teams, including the 2007 Dolphins, that were winless through the first 11 weeks of the season.

According to the simple rating system, this year's Dolphins are easily the best of the bunch. Here they are chronologically:

          Rating   SOS
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sdg 1975  -10.3    2.6    0-11-0
tam 1976  -18.6   -0.9    0-11-0
tam 1977  -16.0   -3.4    0-11-0
nor 1980  -14.0    0.6    0-11-0
bal 1982   -9.1    4.6    0- 8-1
buf 1984  -10.5    4.0    0-11-0
ind 1986  -11.8    3.1    0-11-0
cin 1993  -13.8   -0.1    0- 9-0
ind 1997  -10.4    0.0    0-10-0
sdg 2000   -7.1    3.0    0-10-0
det 2001   -8.4    1.5    0-10-0
mia 2007   -5.4    3.7    0-10-0

By the simple rating system's calculations, they have had the 4th-hardest schedule in the league so far (behind only the Redskins, Bills, and Chargers), and have a point margin of "only" about -9.

In fact, not only are the Dolphins the best of the winless teams through 11 weeks, they're better than all but one of the 34 teams with one-win teams since the merger.