Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The NFL, 1970 to 2014

Here are the 32 NFL Franchises listed by winning percentage in the regular from 1970 to 2014.  The 1970 season was the first after the AFL-NFL Merger.  It was also the first season that I can remember.  So this is basically the NFL as I have known it.

Please note that in this list "Cleveland" includes games played by teams known as "the Cleveland Browns," both before and after one iteration of the Browns moved to Baltimore.  "Ravens" includes games played by the Baltimore Ravens, from 1996 to 2014.  "Colts" includes games played by both the Baltimore Colts and the Indianapolis Colts.

Teams that won the Super Bowl in any season from 1970 to 2014 are in bold.  It should be noted that the seven teams with the highest winning percentage account for over half of the Super Bowl Champions since the AFL/NFL merger:

1.  Pittsburgh:  .609 (6 Super Bowls)
T2.  Dallas:  .588 (5 Super Bowls)
T2.  Miami:  .588 (2 Super Bowls)
4.  Denver:  .586 (2 Super Bowls)
5.  San Francisco:  .570 (5 Super Bowls)

6.  Minnesota:  .557
7.  New England:  .556 (4 Super Bowls)
8.  Ravens:  .554 (2 Super Bowls)
9.  Green Bay:  .532 (2 Super Bowls)
10.  Washington:  .526 (3 Super Bowls)
11.  Raiders:  .522 (3 Super Bowls)

12.  Philadelphia:  .519
13.  Colts:  .509 (2 Super Bowls)
14.  Chicago:  .501 (1 Super Bowl)
15.  Seattle:  .498 (1 Super Bowl)
T16.  Giants:  .495 (4 Super Bowls)
T16.  Rams:  .495 (1 Super Bowl)

18.  Kansas City:  .489
19.  San Diego:  .479
20.  Oilers/Titans:  .477
21.  Carolina:  .473
22.  Buffalo:  .461
23.  Cincinnati:  .460
24.  Jacksonville:  .459
25.  New Orleans:  .451 (1 Super Bowl)
26.  Atlanta:  .449
27.  Jets:  .444
28.  Cleveland:  .431
29.  Texans:  .423
30.  Cardinals:  .421
31.  Detroit:  .414
32.  Tampa Bay:  .385 (1 Super Bowl)


  1. This is fantastic work. I'm going to spend some time with this post over the weekend when I'm not watching this Sunday's games.

  2. The Steelers had three head coaches during this period.

    They went 5-9 and 6-8 in 1970 and '71, and they were 2-2 after Week 4 of the 1972 season. Now, on Oct. 9, 1972, if you're a 47-year-old Steelers fan, and you started following Pittsburgh football from the very start, as an 11-year-old in 1933, your teams have gone 175-286-19 (.365). Your best team ever was 1962--the Steelers went 9-5, and that qualified them for the "Playoff Bowl" in which the second-place finishers from each division played for third place in the league (and you lost to the Lions).

    You've changed head coaches since then three times, and the guy you have now, Chuck Noll, is the 14th head coach in team history. He's was the Colts' defensive coordinator in the first Super Bowl your league lost, and he was the guy that Don Shula recommended when you couldn't get Joe Paterno out of Penn State. You gave him the top voice in who the team is drafting. The first guy he picked, Joe Greene, has been good but also a mess (he reportedly spat in the face of Dick Butkus in one game), and his second No. 1 choice, Terry Bradshaw, had 19 touchdown passes and 46 interceptions in his first two years.

    47-year-old Steelers-fan me on Oct. 9, 1972, is starting to think nothing's going to get better until we get a new owner.

  3. What's really galling, too, is that first place in the division on Oct. 9, 1972, is 3-1 Cincinnati. Paul Brown's Bengals are only in their fifth season, and they've already won a division title.