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Feb 14

NFL Franchise Rankings: 8-1

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 finish the countdown in the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings. In this final part of the week’s series, we look at teams 16 through 9 in the rankings. With these eight franchises, we see those that felt the love from winning the most. Each of these franchises have established their dominance at one point or another. Furthermore, each franchise has their respective share of league championships. We’ll see two more franchises that once had the claim of “top dog” in these rankings, as well as the franchise that currently stands above the rest.

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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8. OAKLAND RAIDERS, 264 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 4.89 points per season (7th)
While the past decade makes an utter disaster, the Raiders were once upon a time the class of the original eight AFL franchises. They lost 63 points over the last 11 years, but averaged more than 7.6 points per season from 1960 to 2002. It made the Raiders fourth on the rankings list at the time. The glory days span from 1967 to 1983, when Oakland tallied 19 playoff wins and totaled 262 points in that span. What ultimately made that era a golden one for the Raiders? Perhaps it was regression the mean. After winning the 1967 AFL Championship, the Raiders lost Super Bowl II. They lost the next AFL Championships, as well as their first four AFC Championship Game appearances. However, the Raiders later won Super Bowls in 1976, 1980 and 1983.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 4 3 7 3 25 12 28 19 9
Points 93 26 35 6 50 36 140 -95 -27
Rank 9th 18th T-2nd T-11th T-5th 7th T-16th T-10th T-15th

LARaiders
Former franchise locations
Los Angeles Raiders (1982-94): totaled 81 points

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7. CHICAGO BEARS, 341 points
Affiliated since 1920 (94 seasons), averaging 3.63 points per season (13th)
While obviously one of the landmark NFL franchises, the “Monsters of the Midway” struggle with their timid production under center. The Bears sent 28 starting quarterbacks to field since 1990, with Chicago totaling only 35 points in those 24 seasons. This total also comes with a Super Bowl XLI appearance, so the total doesn’t say as much that it could. Some diehard fans claim that Chicago’s last great quarterback was Sid Luckman, but the Bears still enjoyed success with an NFL Championship and Super Bowl since Luckman’s retirement. Better yet, the Bears reigned as the NFL Franchise Rankings champions seven different times.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 9 5 3 4 17 10 57 32 5
Points 106 38 15 8 34 30 285 -160 -15
Rank 6th 12th T-9th T-6th 15th T-12th 2nd 26th 9th

The Chicago Bears led the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings for 43 seasons over seven reigns (1921-22, 1925-28, 1933-38, 1940-66, 1985, 1988 and 1991-92), both of which is the best among the NFL franchises.

Former franchise locations
Decatur Staleys (1920): totaled 5 points

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6. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 342 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 6.33 points per season (3rd)
It doesn’t seem long ago when the Patriots were a mediocre franchise that nearly moved to St. Louis. The owner who wanted to make the move, James B. Orthwein, sold the franchise to Robert Kraft in 1994. This avoided the move and changed New England’s fortunes. The rest is a history of dominance. Starting with the 1996 season, the Patriots have totaled 331 points to become the most dominant franchise over that span.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 3 5 3 9 25 15 33 18 7
Points 95 65 15 18 50 45 165 -90 -21
Rank 8th 3rd T-9th 1st T-5th 5th T-12th 9th T-12th

Boston Patriots
Former franchise locations
Boston Patriots (1960-70): totaled -5 points

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5. PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 383 points
Affiliated since 1933 (81 seasons), averaging 4.73 points per season (8th)
While being the championship flag bearers of the Super Bowl era, the Steelers don’t top these rankings for a big reason. Honestly, any rankings system that fairly considers pre-Super Bowl seasons wouldn’t put the Steelers in the top spot. At the time of the AFL-NFL merger announcement in June 1966, the Pittsburgh franchise ranked dead last (of 22 teams) with negative-81 points. Pittsburgh continued the losing ways through the 1971 season, falling to negative-117 points. The Steelers had just eight winning seasons in 39 tries. Three of the nine teams to start play in 1960 had at least eight winning seasons over the 12-year span. Luckily for the Pittsburgh faithful, the 500-point turnaround began in 1972. Six Super Bowl championships later, the Steelers cracked the top five.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 6 2 7 8 33 20 39 33 9
Points 172 31 35 16 66 60 195 -165 -27
Rank 2nd 14th T-2nd T-2nd T-1st 1st 5th T-27th T-15th

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4. NEW YORK GIANTS, 387 points
Affiliated since 1925 (89 seasons), averaging 4.35 points per season (11th)
Perhaps not as notable as the Packers, but the New York Giants also set a standard in the NFL throughout most of their lengthy history. First playing at the famed Polo Grounds before moving to (the) Yankee Stadium, two stadiums that were sadly demolished after decades of molding the country’s sporting legacy, the Giants were a playoff regular in the NFL Championship Era. They went 4-11 in those games. New York continued the success into the Super Bowl Era, going 4-1 in the big game. Despite moving to metropolitan New Jersey in 1976, the Giants still play up to its big city billing. They won a championship in seven different decades.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 8 12 0 3 24 8 50 30 10
Points 161 78 0 6 48 24 250 -150 -30
Rank 3rd 1st T-29th T-11th 7th T-15th 3rd T-23rd T-19th

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3. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 399 points
Affiliated since 1946 (68 seasons), averaging 5.87 points per season (4th)
While a top five spot might be surprising for some, the franchise’s success in the 1980s and 1990s immediately comes to mind. San Francisco’s two-decade gold rush accounts for 327 points, which results in more than 16 points per season in that span. That includes five Super Bowl victories and five Conference Championship Game losses. Therefore, San Francisco reached the final four of the NFL Playoffs in half of their seasons during those two decades! Many of other years are far from fruitful, but it doesn’t prevent the 49ers from being an elite franchise.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 5 2 9 8 31 19 40 24 7
Points 140 20 45 16 62 57 200 -120 -21
Rank T-4th 21st 1st T-2nd 3rd 2nd 4th T-17th T-12th

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2. DALLAS COWBOYS, 429 points
Affiliated since 1960 (54 seasons), averaging 7.94 points per season (1st)
While the “America’s Team” moniker derived from a 1978 NFL Films highlight film, it was the great play from 1966 to 1996 that put the phrase to true life. Those 31 years account for 439 points, resulting in more than 14 points per season. This span includes five losing seasons (1986-90) — surrounded by five Super Bowl championships and 32 playoff victories. The turning for the Dallas Cowboys came with the mutual decision from owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson to part ways. The decision came after the 1993 season, when the Cowboys had two head coaches over 34 seasons. In the last 20 seasons, the franchise had six head coaches. Dallas did top these rankings for a while, but it came to an end when Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 5 5 6 5 33 17 33 16 3
Points 140 56 30 10 66 51 165 -80 -9
Rank T-4th 5th T-4th 5th T-1st 3rd T-12th T-6th T-2nd

The Dallas Cowboys led the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings for 17 seasons (1993-2009).

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1. GREEN BAY PACKERS, 466 points
Affiliated since 1921 (93 seasons), averaging 5.01 points per season (6th)
For historians of the game, this should come as absolutely no surprise. From the days of “Curly” Lambeau to the three-peat under Vince Lombardi to the recent resurgence with quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, this small town still holds the biggest impact on the NFL’s 94-year history. This franchise holds special grounds as the lone current NFL member of a small market and the only community-owned franchise in major American team sports. Perhaps it’s only fitting that the most unique NFL franchise remains the best in the business.

The Delicious Details

Champ Run-Up CCG Bye Playoff Division Winning Losing Sub-.250
Frequency 13 3 2 4 30 11 58 27 11
Points 206 27 10 8 60 33 290 -135 -33
Rank 1st 17th T-15th T-6th 4th T-10th 1st 21st T-24th

The Green Bay Packers led the TABMathletics NFL Franchise Rankings for 15 seasons (1929-32, 1939, 1967-72 and 2010-13).

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