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Feb 13

NFL Franchise Rankings: 16-9

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 fourth part of the week’s series, we look at teams 16 through 9 in the rankings. With these eight franchises, we see some former mega powers who have lost their way. This includes one franchise that once upon a time held the top spot in these rankings. Meanwhile, we also see some up-and-comers that could crack the top eight sooner than later. This includes two franchises that have a former number one overall pick under center.

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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16. BALTIMORE RAVENS, 134 points
Affiliation since 1996 (18 seasons), averaging 7.44 points per seasons (2nd)
Here’s where Cleveland Browns fans will just get flustered. Since the Browns went on “hiatus,” and this new Ravens franchise started, success has only found at Baltimore. Since the move, the Ravens have consistently made the most of their postseason experiences. Baltimore went one-and-done in only two of the franchise’s nine appearances. One of those featured a first-round bye. Compare that to two league championships. As a result, it took the Ravens less than two decades to make the top half of the rankings.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 0 2 2 14 4 10 6 1
Points 63 0 10 4 28 12 50 -30 -3
Rank 12th T-26th T-15th T-20th T-17th T-26th T-29th 1st 1st

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15. ST. LOUIS RAMS, 166 points
Affiliation since 1937 (77 seasons), averaging 2.16 points per season (17th)
For the Rams, there’s been a lot of ups and downs — and even lefts and rights. Starting in Cleveland and continuing in Los Angeles before heading to St. Louis, this franchise may have the most diversified history in pro football. There’s definitely plenty good to remember: the Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin combo in the 1950s, the heyday of playoff success in the 1970s, and the Greatest Show on Turf at the turn of the century. However, there’s also definitely plenty bad to remember: the 99 total losses from 1990 to 1998 and the 65 total losses from to 2007 to 2011 provide the most blatant examples.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 3 5 6 3 19 11 35 36 12
Points 53 47 30 6 38 33 175 -180 -36
Rank 14th T-6th T-4th T-11th T-12th T-10th T-8th 29th T-27th

Los Angeles RamsCleveland Rams
Former franchise locations
Cleveland Rams (1937-45): totaled -19 points
Los Angeles Rams (1946-94): totaled 172 points

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14. WASHINGTON REDSKINS, 216 points
Affiliated since 1932 (82 seasons), averaging 2.63 points per season (15th)
Remembered most as the team that won three Super Bowls under Joe Gibbs, the Redskins can claim some sort of notable success through most of their decades in existence. In Gibbs’ first tenure, from 1981 to 1992, Washington totaled 194 points (more than 16 points per season). However, his second tenure is part of the habitual failures that happened under current owner Daniel Snyder. The ‘Skins last won more than 10 games in 1991, and the team accounts for negative-25 points in the 22 seasons since then. The recent struggles may soon match Washington’s struggles in the 1950s and 1960s, when the franchise went 25 seasons without a playoff berth. These two dry spells drag down a franchise many would expect to be in the top 10.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 5 6 1 1 23 7 38 33 11
Points 104 46 5 2 46 21 190 -165 -33
Rank 7th 8th T-23rd T-24th 8th T-18th 6th T-27th T-24th

BostonRedskins
Former franchise locations
Boston Braves / Redskins (1932-36): totaled 2 points

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13. CLEVELAND BROWNS, 228 points
Affiliated since 1946 (65 seasons*), averaging 3.51 points per season (14th)
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Not even a quarter century ago, the Browns topped the rankings. Then came the hammer from Art Modell. Midway through the 1995 season, Modell decided to move operations to Baltimore. At the time Modell created the Ravens, the Browns totaled 304 points and ranked fourth (of 30 teams). Since their return, the Browns lost 76 points in 15 seasons. Combine the pre-hiatus Browns with the Ravens, and this continuous “franchise” would total 438 points. Keep that in mind tomorrow when the rankings wrap up. Once upon a time, the burden for this franchise was winning a Super Bowl. Now it’s just finding that winning touch once again.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 8 7 3 0 16 6 37 25 9
Points 83 47 15 0 32 18 185 -125 -27
Rank 10th T-6th T-9th T-29th 16th T-20th 7th T-19th T-15th

The Cleveland Browns led the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings for 16 seasons (1973-84, 1986-87 and 1989-90).

*- The Cleveland Browns franchise was inactive from 1996 to 1998.

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12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 231 points
Affiliated since 1961 (53 seasons), averaging 4.36 points per season (10th)
It is arguably a misnomer to call the Vikings the ultimate bridesmaids in the NFL, as the franchise technically won in NFL Championship in 1969. Many reputable organizations won’t recognize this as a championship, though, because Minnesota lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. That 1969 season began a string of 10 playoff victories in 14 seasons. Minnesota totaled 153 points in that span, but the Vikings still never won a Super Bowl. After the 1970s, the Vikings fell short of returning to the Super Bowl despite four appearances in the NFC Championship Game, including the extremely painful loss in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 season. Between the championship that most consider a runner-up finish, the three other Super Bowl losses and the five losses in the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings are the best franchise not to have that true moment in the sun. Even if we won’t call them the ultimate bridesmaids, but they sure do show the qualities of one.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 1 3 5 3 19 16 30 16 4
Points 16 40 25 6 38 48 150 -80 -12
Rank T-24th 10th 6th T-11th T-12th 4th 14th T-6th T-6th

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11. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 245 points
Affiliated since 1953 (61 seasons), averaging 4.02 points per season (12th)
For a franchise that can be remembered for two great eras under two great quarterbacks, perhaps it’s somewhat fitting that those respective bright periods happened in different cities. First, Johnny Unitas played from 1956 to 1972 in Baltimore, when the Colts totaled 152 points during those 17 seasons. Next, Peyton Manning played from 1998 to 2011 in Indianapolis, when the Colts totaled 137 points during those 14 seasons. What a potent duo! Unfortunately, the franchise lost 44 points during the other 30 seasons. Aside from Unitas and Manning, Baltimore-Indianapolis earned only 10 winning seasons and three playoff wins. The first two occurred during a Cinderella run that fell just one catch shy of Super Bowl XXX. Luckily, the third came just this last season, when an up-and-coming Andrew Luck orchestrated the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 5 2 3 4 20 14 34 23 12
Points 82 39 15 8 40 42 170 -115 -36
Rank 11th 11th T-9th T-6th T-9th 6th T-10th T-14th T-27th

BaltimoreColts
Former franchise locations
Baltimore Colts (1953-83): totaled 106 points

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10. DENVER BRONCOS, 250 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 4.63 points per season (9th)
It a while for success to reach Denver, but the Broncos haven’t looked back since their first taste of success. In their first 13 seasons, the Broncos had 12 losing seasons and totaled negative-72 points. Since then (1973 and beyond), they have the fifth-most points of the 32 NFL franchises. Much of this success comes thanks to the John Elway era. During Elway’s 16 seasons (1983-98), the Broncos totaled 207 points. With Peyton Manning now at the helm for perhaps a few more years, there is a good chance that Denver reaches the top eight very soon.

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 5 2 6 20 13 26 19 6
Points 60 72 10 12 40 39 130 -95 -18
Rank 13th 2nd T-15th 4th T-9th T-5th 19th T-10th T-10th

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9. MIAMI DOLPHINS, 252 points
Affiliated since 1966 (48 seasons), averaging 5.25 points per season (5th)
Miami DolphinsWhile being less egregious than the Browns, the Dolphins are starting to look a like franchise that also lost its luster from successful years past. After four consecutive losing seasons to start (1966 to 1969), the Dolphins did not suffer consecutive losing seasons again until the 2006 and 2007 seasons. However, Miami owns seven losing seasons in the last 10 years. That means Miami had only two losing seasons in their 34 remaining seasons! This extended stay of winning may only be topped by Cleveland having only one losing seasons in its first 28 years. Nearly all of Miami’s success came during the Don Shula era (262 points in 26 seasons).

The Decent Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 2 3 2 1 20 13 29 13 4
Points 52 41 10 2 40 39 145 -65 -12
Rank 15th 9th T-15th T-24th T-9th T-5th 15th 5th T-6th

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COMING TOMORROW: The countdown continues as we look at spots 8 through 1 in the rankings!

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