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9 longest active playoff droughts in NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL


Here are the 9 longest active postseason droughts between the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

T-1. New York Jets – 13 seasons (last appearance in 2010)

A pair of New York fan bases have experienced adversity over the past decade. The Jets haven't made the playoffs since Mark Sanchez played quarterback and Rex Ryan led the way in 2010, when they upset the Patriots in the divisional round and appeared in a second straight AFC title game. The Jets have slowly declined from there, seemingly bottoming out in 2020 with a 2-14 mark. Unfortunately for Jets fans, it is tied only for the longest playoff drought in franchise history, as they missed the playoffs every season between 1970-80.

T-1. Buffalo Sabres — 12 seasons (last appearance in 2010-11)

The Sabers have mostly finished in last place or near last in their respective divisions since 2011. Buffalo drafted Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick four seasons ago and traded the young star last season. The Sabres' playoff drought is the longest in NHL history.

T-2. Detroit Tigers — Nine seasons (last appearance in 2014)

The Tigers haven't made the playoffs since integrating Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander into their starting rotation.

T-2. Los Angeles Angels — Nine seasons (last appearance in 2014)

The Angels boast two of the best players in baseball — three-time MVP Mike Trout and reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani — but they fell short in the postseason three times when one individual took home the hardware.

T-3. Kansas City Royals — eight seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Royals reached baseball's mountaintop in 2015 by winning the World Series a year after losing seven games on baseball's biggest stage. Kansas City holds one of the worst records in baseball this season.

T-3. Pittsburgh Pirates — eight seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Pirates have made three consecutive playoff appearances (2013-15), but haven't recovered since beating the Cubs in the 2015 NL wild-card round.

T-4. Charlotte Hornets — Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015-16)

The Hornets nearly squeaked into the playoffs this past spring. They made the play-in tournament but were blown out in the opening game. The rise of LaMelo Ball could lift them over the hump in 2022-23.

T-4. Detroit Red Wings — Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015-16)

Longtime fans of the Red Wings haven't quite gotten used to the team's recent expansion. The franchise had a 25-year playoff streak before its current drought. Detroit still appears far from returning to the postseason in 2021-22 after finishing 26 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

T-4. Denver Broncos – Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Broncos haven't made the playoffs since their victorious Super Bowl win to close out the 2015 campaign. This was definitely Peyton Manning's final game. Denver recently traded for quarterback Russell Wilson to solve its chronic quarterback woes, which could also solve its postseason woes.


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