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Feb 12

NFL Franchise Rankings: 24-17

National Football LeagueThe week continues with the ranking of all 32 NFL franchises. On Monday, 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 continue the countdown in the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings. In this third part of the week’s series, we look at teams 24 to 17 in the rankings. With these eight franchises, we see those with some periods of great success and some periods of extended failure. As you’ll see below, some of these franchises had dominant stretches overshadowed by championship misses. Other franchises fell shy of dominance in certain stretches, nearly fully realizing their potential. Still, most of these franchises own at least one league championship.

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

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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)

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24. CAROLINA PANTHERS, 17 points
Affiliation since 1995 (19 seasons), averaging 0.89 points per seasons (23rd)
In the franchise’s 19-year history, the Panthers made their name due to making surprising runs deep into the playoffs. Carolina reached the NFC Championship Game in just its second season. Seven years later, the Panthers took an 11-5 team to Super Bowl XXXVIII and nearly defeated the New England Patriots. Finally, Carolina overcame modest expectations from the media to earn first-round byes in 2008 and 2013. However, for the bang of the franchise’s playoff buck, the Panthers have only five winning seasons.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 0 1 2 3 6 4 5 11 3
Points 0 16 10 6 12 12 25 -55 -9
Rank T-28th T-22nd T-15th T-11th T-27th T-26th 31st 4th T-2nd

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23. NEW YORK JETS, 18 points
Affiliation since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 0.33 points per season (24th)
This franchise played one of the biggest roles in validating the AFL-NFL merger, thanks the Super Bowl III victory over the Baltimore Colts. After that super triumph, New York spent the next three decades with only six winning seasons and three playoff victories. That dynamic finally turned around in 1998, when Bill Parcells led the team to an AFC Championship Game appearance. Since then, the Jets enjoyed some moderate success, including two recent playoff runs to the AFC Championship Game as a wild card team.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 0 4 1 12 2 18 24 10
Points 26 0 20 2 24 6 90 -120 -30
Rank 22nd T-26th T-7th T-24th T-20th T-30th 23rd T-17th T-19th

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22. BUFFALO BILLS, 62 points
Affiliation since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 1.15 points per season (21st)
If the AFL days weren’t considered in this study, perhaps the Bills would be the ultimate bridesmaids in the NFL. For the Bills, their league championships came in 1964 and 1965 before the merger. Of course, Buffalo’s more famous stay of success came in the early 1990s. From head coach Marv Levy to quarterback Jim Kelly to wide receiver Andre Reed, the Hall of Fame worthy K-Gun offense thrived. No AFC franchise came close to the Bills from 1988 to 1993, who lost one AFC Championship Game and made four consecutive Super Bowls. Sadly, the Bills lost each of those four Super Bowls. Most recently, Buffalo is embroiled 14-year playoff dry spell.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 5 1 3 14 7 21 30 10
Points 16 61 5 6 28 21 105 -150 -30
Rank T-24th 4th T-23rd T-11th T-17th T-18th 22nd T-23rd T-19th

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21. TENNESSEE TITANS, 80 points
Affiliation since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 1.48 points per season (20th)
Professional football closed an interesting chapter of its history when the Houston Oilers relocated to Nashville and eventually became the Tennessee Titans. While the Oilers weren’t the most successful entity, they did have a few memorable runs of success. Houston began in the AFL and won the league’s first two championships. However, the franchise doesn’t own a league championship since then. The Oilers (two lost conference championships in the late 1970s and 3-7 playoff record from 1987 to 1993) couldn’t come quite as close to achieving that as the Titans (lost Super Bowl XXXIV) did in just their first year with the current namesake.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 3 3 4 14 5 23 23 9
Points 16 25 15 8 28 15 115 -115 -27
Rank T-24th 19th T-9th T-6th T-17th T-23rd 21st T-14th T-15th

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Former franchise locations
Houston Oilers (1960-96): totaled 32 points

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20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 84 points
Affiliation since 1933 (81 seasons), averaging 1.04 points per season (22nd)
As the table below will show, the long history of this franchise resulted in a considerable amount of success — with a heavy amount of losing. When the Eagles are bad, they are VERY BAD. Roughly 36.6 percent of their losing seasons came with a 25.0 win percentage or lower. Those depths of losing have otherwise only been seen by the Cardinals and Lions. Fortunately for Philadelphia, the Eagles also enjoyed three NFL Championships from 1948 to 1960. Still, Philly’s most prolonged success came recently under head coach Andy Reid. The Eagles totaled 107 points in their 14 seasons under Reid, putting them above negative territory for the first time since 1962.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 3 3 4 3 19 9 35 41 15
Points 33 35 20 6 38 27 175 -205 -45
Rank 18th 13th T-7th T-11th T-12th 14th T-8th 30th 31st

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19. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 93 points
Affiliated since 1976 (38 seasons), averaging 2.45 points per season (16th)
The second franchise of the last three in this countdown to have an equal amount of winning seasons and losing seasons, the Seahawks are aiming to continue their rise up the ranks. After winning Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle moved up three spots this last season. February’s championship is crown level for a franchise that gained 95 points since moving to the NFC in 2002 for the league’s realignment. Seattle was ranked 24th (of 31) at the time.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 1 1 2 12 8 17 17 4
Points 32 16 5 4 24 24 85 -85 -12
Rank T-19th T-22nd T-23rd T-20th T-20th T-15th 24th 8th T-6th

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18. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 100 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 1.85 points per season (19th)
Despite enjoying one of the most consistently enthusiastic fanbases, Kansas City’s history of winning is quite limited. Things were grand when the Chiefs were in the AFL. They won three championships and totaled 78 points. Since the merger, though, a lot of potential went unrecognized. During the “Marty ball” era (1989-98), KC mustered only one conference championship appearance in light of 101.5 wins over 10 seasons. The disappointment looms larger since then, as the Chiefs now own an eight-game playoff losing streak.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 3 0 1 3 8 6 28 22 6
Points 43 0 5 6 16 18 140 -110 -18
Rank 17th T-26th T-23rd T-11th 23rd T-20th T-16th 13th T-10th

Dallas Texans
Former franchise locations
Dallas Texans (1960-62): totaled 15 points

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17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, 110 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 2.04 points per season (18th)
For the Chargers, the pinnacle of the franchise’s success came during the AFL days. In their first six years, they went 1-4 in the AFL Championship Game. They totaled 46 points in those six years. Since then, the Air Coryell era and the last decade have marked the most successful times for the franchise. Coryell coached from 1978 to 1986, with his best success during his first five seasons. The Chargers lost back-to-back conference champions in 1980 and 1981. Meanwhile, since 2004, the Chargers have seven winning seasons and four playoff victories.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 5 3 3 11 10 25 21 7
Points 8 30 15 6 22 30 125 -105 -21
Rank 27th 15th T-9th T-11th 22nd T-12th 20th 12th T-12th

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Former franchise locations
Los Angeles Chargers (1960): totaled 9 points

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COMING TOMORROW: The countdown continues as we look at spots 16 through 9 in the rankings!

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