2008 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Rod Marinelli
General Manager Matt Millen (fired during week 4 bye)
Martin Mayhew
Home Field Ford Field
Record 0–16
Place 4th NFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 0
Previous Season Next Season
2007 2009

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the 79th season for the franchise in the National Football League. The Lions hoped to improve on their 7-9 record from 2007, but instead became the first team to go 0-16. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after Week 11. Team president and CEO Matt Millen was fired on September 24, while head coach Rod Marinelli and most of his assistants were fired the day after the season ended. The season was also famous because only one game was decided in the final play (Week 6). This season has been framed as the Detroit Lions worst season ever, and statistically the worst season ever in football.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005–2007 seasons.


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 Template:Dow tooltip NY Giants W 13–10 1–0 Ford Field Recap
2 August 17 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–10 2–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 Template:Dow tooltip Cleveland Browns W 26–6 3–0 Ford Field Recap
4 Template:Dow tooltip at Buffalo Bills W 14–6 4–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.