If the Pittsburgh Steelers wind up losing their preseason finale Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers, it will mark only the fourth time in the last 48 seasons that have finished winless in their exhibition games.
In each of the three previous years that the Steelers have gone winless, they have failed to make the playoffs with the last time being 2006. So, should we be concerned if they fail to come out on top on the scoreboard against the Panthers?
According to my research, there have been 29 instances where a team has gone winless in the preseason dating back to 1998, and only seven of those teams went on to make the playoffs in that particular season.
In addition, 15 of those 29 teams finished with a losing record and only once did a team win more than 10 games, and that team was the Indianapolis Colts as they finished 14-2 in 2005 after going winless in the preseason.
Coaches will always say that their record during the preseason doesn't matter, and I am sure that head coach Mike Tomlin believes that as well. However, based on history and history alone, I sure do hope the team can come out of Carolina with a victory.
Teams That Have Gone Winless In the Preseason 1998-2012