«

»

Feb 11

NFL Franchise Rankings: 32-25

National Football LeagueThe week continues with the ranking of all 32 NFL franchises. Yesterday, we introduced the points system used to make up the rankings. With this system in place, we know that the franchises with a consistent history of winning and a trophy case filled with championships rose to the top. But what will cause teams to sink to the bottom?

Today, we begin the countdown in the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings. In this second part of the week’s series, we look at teams 32 to 25 in the rankings. With these eight franchises, we get a strong taste of perennial losing. From the “Aints” to the “Yucks,” these losers illustrate how all the losing seasons can tally up for negative totals in the rankings. Also, we see two of the youngest franchises that are still looking to find their respective ways up the ranks. Both reside in the same division, with the second team creating realignment.

Below you will see each of the eight team’s frequency and points total for each of the nine categories that made up this points system. For further reference on the rankings, check out the following: Intro | 32-25 | 24-17 | 16-9 | 8-1

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

RANKINGS KEY:
Champ = League Championships (Super Bowl, NFL, AFL and AAFC)
Run-Up = League Runners-Up / Conference Championships (since 1933)
CCG = Conference Runners-Up (since 1970)
Bye = First-Round Byes (since 1990)
Playoff = Playoff Victories
Division = Division Championships (since 1970)
Winning = Winning Seasons
Losing = Losing Seasons
Sub-.250 = .250 (or Worse) Seasons (since 1933)

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

32. ARIZONA CARDINALS, -141 points
Affiliation since 1920 (94 seasons), averaging -1.5 points per season (31st)
The Cardinals are the long-time whipping boys in the NFL. Of their 94 seasons, through three locations, they finished with a losing record 58 times. All said, the franchise lost 344 points due to their losing ways. Meanwhile, from 1948 to 2007, the Cardinals won only one playoff game. The dry spell ended with a playoff run in 2008, when the Cardinals made Super Bowl XLIII. This run alone accounts for half of the franchise’s playoff wins. At least the franchise won two NFL Championships (1925 and 1947), albeit one is met with heavy dispute.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 2 0 0 6 4 28 58 18
Points 18 21 0 0 12 12 140 -290 -54
Rank 23rd 20th T-29th T-29th T-27th T-26th T-16th 32nd 32nd

Phoenix CardinalsSt. Louis CardinalsChicago Cardinals
Former franchise locations
Chicago Cardinals (1920-59): totaled -76 points
St. Louis Cardinals (1960-87): totaled -4 points
Phoenix Cardinals (1988-93): totaled -36 points

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

31. ATLANTA FALCONS, -49 points
Affiliation since 1966 (48 seasons), averaging -1.02 points per season (30th)
It took for a long while for the Falcons to become a consistent winner. The Falcons’ five-season winning streak just came to an end. This marks the franchise’s first time with back-to-back winning seasons — meaning it took 44 years to do so. Under current owner Arthur Blank, the Falcons earned seven winning seasons and three playoff wins in 12 seasons. Before that, the franchise earned eight winning seasons and four playoff wins in 36 years. Atlanta’s crowning achievement was its surprise 14-2 season in 1998 that culminated with an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. Despite the more successful environment as of late, the Falcons haven’t made it back to the big game. This includes three missed opportunities after earning first-round byes.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 0 1 2 4 7 5 15 30 12
Points 0 15 10 8 14 15 75 -150 -36
Rank T-28th 24th T-15th T-6th T-24th T-23rd 26th T-23rd T-27th

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

30. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, -40 points
Affiliation since 1967 (47 seasons), averaging -0.85 points per season (29th)
New Orleans once was the butt of jokes due to its futility. The “Aints” mustered no better than two 8-8 seasons in their first two decades of existence. They finished with a losing record in the other 18 seasons, including seven with a .250 record or worse. In 1987, when the Dome Patrol finally turned the Saints into a contender, a 12-3 record got the Saints to their first playoff game. However, the Dome Patrol never won a playoff game. It took until 2000, the franchise’s 34th season, for a playoff victory. In 2005, the damage from Hurricane Katrina could’ve been the NOLA knockout blow, but the franchise recovered swiftly by signing Sean Payton as head coach and Drew Brees as the franchise quarterback. Since then, New Orleans won six playoff games, including the Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts. Perhaps reaching positive territory is next on the franchise’s radar.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 0 1 2 7 5 12 28 10
Points 32 0 5 4 14 15 60 -140 -30
Rank T-19th T-26th T-23rd T-20th T-24th T-23rd T-27th 22nd T-19th

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

T-28. HOUSTON TEXANS, -19 points
Affiliation since 2002 (12 seasons), averaging -1.58 points per season (32nd)
It took until the 10th season, but the Texans finally got on the playoff scoreboard. In 2011, Houston earned its first playoff berth and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round. Before 2011, the Texans only had a 9-7 season to look at on the positive scale. The first four years didn’t work with David Carr as quarterback and Dom Capers as head coach, so the franchise switched over to Matt Schaub in 2007 and Gary Kubiak in 2006 at the respective positions. It paid off with two winning seasons, two division championships and two playoff wins. Unfortunately, the good times came crashing to an end when the Texans finished 2-14 in 2013. Instead of potentially moving into positive territory, Houston drops to last place in terms of points per season.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 7 3
Points 0 0 0 0 4 6 15 -35 -9
Rank T-28th T-26th T-29th T-29th 32nd T-30th 32nd 2nd T-2nd

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

T-28. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, -19 points
Affiliation since 1976 (38 seasons), averaging -0.5 points per season (28th)
Once upon a time, Tampa Bay once were called the “yucks” as part of a running joke. Not only did the franchise begin 0-28, but they once had 12 consecutive seasons with at least 10 losses. The franchise had 14 consecutive losing seasons from 1983 to 1996, dropping the franchise’s point total to negative-80 points through 21 seasons. Fortunately, head coach Tony Dungy turned around the franchise’s fortunes from 1997 to 2001. Then in 2002, head coach Jon Gruden and an all-time great defense led the Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. However, the Buccaneers have yet to win a playoff game since this super triumph. This put the franchise back into negative territory. At least the “yuck” of the Bucs was removed from our taste buds.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 0 2 2 6 6 12 25 10
Points 32 0 10 4 12 18 60 -125 -30
Rank T-19th T-26th T-15th T-20th T-27th T-20th T-27th T-19th T-19th

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

27. DETROIT LIONS, -8 points
Affiliation since 1930 (84 seasons), averaging -0.10 points per season (26th)
For decades in Detroit, times have been extremely tough for the Lions. Since winning their fourth NFL Championship, in 1957, the Lions own just one playoff victory. That lone win occurred in 1991. Other than that, losing is very commonplace, with 35 losing seasons in the 56 seasons following that final championship. Some superstitious folks attribute this to the “Curse of Bobby Layne.” Layne apparently said the franchise wouldn’t win a championship for 50 years after his trade in 1958. In Detroit’s 50th year anniversary of that declaration, the Lions went an NFL-worst 0-16. Still, they didn’t hit the negative territory until the 2012 season.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 4 1 1 1 7 3 34 44 13
Points 45 6 5 2 14 9 170 -220 -39
Rank 16th 25th T-23rd T-24th T-24th 29th T-10th 31st 30th

Portsmouth
Former franchise locations
Portsmouth Spartans (1930-33): totaled 10 points

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

26. CINCINNATI BENGALS, -6 points
Affiliation since 1968 (46 seasons), averaging -0.13 points per season (27th)
Created by Paul Brown, this franchise’s results are very far short of the probable expectations. From 1970 to 1977, Cincinnati had six winning seasons. Unfortunately, the Bengals didn’t win a playoff game until 1981, when they made a run to Super Bowl XVI. The Bengals lost to the 49ers. Seven years later, they made another Super Bowl run, but they lost Super Bowl XXIII to the 49ers again. Also of note, famed 49ers head coach Bill Walsh began his implementation of the “West Coast Offense” in Cincinnati as an assistant coach. After those 49er-related heartbreaks, the Bengals fell into a bad spell of losing. They lost 60 points since 1991.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 0 2 0 0 5 8 16 23 11
Points 0 28 0 0 10 24 80 -115 -33
Rank T-28th 16th T-29th T-29th T-30th T-15th 25th T-14th T-24th

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

25. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 4 points
Affiliation since 1995 (19 seasons), averaging 0.21 points per season (25th)
JaguarsThe Jaguars began their franchise history with a bang. Not only did Jacksonville shock the world by reaching the AFC Championship Game in its second season, but the team put together a league-best 14-2 record in its fifth season. However, since that impressive season in 1999, Jacksonville lost 34 points in 14 seasons. The Jaguars won only one playoff game since their historic 62-7 beat-down of the Miami Dolphins in the 1999 Divisional Round game. That playoff win came in 2007. Recently, the franchise became subject of some rumblings about relocation. Thus, creating more playoff excitement could go a long way, for more reasons than these rankings.

The Dirty Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 0 0 2 1 5 2 7 10 3
Points 0 0 10 2 10 6 35 -50 -9
Rank T-28th T-26th T-15th T-24th T-30th T-30th 30th 3rd T-2nd

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

COMING TOMORROW: The countdown continues as we look at spots 24 through 17 in the rankings!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: