Best and worst franchises in the NFL’s 16 game era

What teams have had the most winning and losing seasons since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule for the 1978 season? Who has finished with what record the most times? This will look at each team’s seasons from 1978 through 2017 (not counting the strike-shortened 1982 and 1987 seasons) to find out.

Most common record and NFL Bingo

The table below takes a look at which teams have finished with what record the most amount of times since the 1978 season.

Record Team # of times
0-16 Browns (2017), Lions (2008) 1
1-15 *10 different teams 1
2-14 49ers, Buccaneers 4
3-13 Bengals 4
4-12 Jets, Raiders 6
5-11 Cardinals 10
6-10 Giants 7
7-9 Saints 11
8-8 Broncos 8
9-7 Seahawks 10
10-6 Eagles 10
11-5 Eagles, Patriots, Steelers 6
12-4 Cowboys 8
13-3 Broncos 5
14-2 Patriots 4
15-1 *6 different teams 1
16-0 Patriots (2007) 1

*10 teams are: Browns (2016), Chargers (2000), Colts (1991), Cowboys (1989), Dolphins (2007), Jets (1996), Panthers (2001), Patriots (1990), Rams (2009), Saints (1980)

*6 teams are: 49ers (1984), Bears (1985), Packers (2011), Panthers (2015), Steelers (2004), Vikings (1998)

Notes

Out of the seven teams to finish 15-1 or 16-0, only two won the Super Bowl that year

Since 1978, there have only been six 15-1 seasons, with two coming in back-to-back seasons in 1984 and 1985

The Patriots are the only team to go 16-0, on top of being one of 10 teams to go 1-15

The Panthers are the only team to have been both 15-1 and 1-15

Browns are the only team to be both 1-15 and 0-16, which they did in back-to-back seasons

NFL Bingo

Since the 1978 season, every NFL team is between three and eight spots away from hitting NFL Bingo. This means that they would have finished with each possible record in a 16-game schedule at least once.

The farthest away are the newest team, the Houston Texans at eight. They would need to have seasons of 0-16, 1-15, 3-13, 11-5, 13-3, 14-2, 15-1 and 16-0 to hit NFL Bingo. In contrast, the Indianapolis Colts are the closest team, only needing to finish at 0-16, 15-1 and 16-0.

The NFL’s biggest winners and losers in the 16-game era

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sort by winning record with the Patriots (28) being first and the Texans (6) being last.

How NFL teams finished the season since the 16-game era started in 1978 (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

In the 38 non-strike shortened NFL seasons since the 16-game era started, 13 teams have finished with a winning record at least half of that time against the total seasons they have played.

*The Colts (18 winning-16 losing), Titans (18-15), Redskins (17-16) and Chargers (16-15) all have had more winning seasons than losing ones. The other 15 NFL teams all have had more losing than winning seasons.

Team
Win record against total seasons
Patriots 28/38 (73.68%)
Steelers
27/38 (71.05%)
Broncos
24/38 (63.15%)
Cowboys
23/38 (60.52%)
Eagles 23/38 (60.52%)
Packers 23/38 (60.52%)
49ers 21/38 (55.26%)
Dolphins
21/38 (55.26%)
Chiefs 21/38 (55.26%)
Ravens
12/22 (54.54%)
Seahawks 20/38 (52.63%)
Vikings 20/38 (52.63%)
Giants 19/38 (50%)

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sorted by losing record.

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In contrast, there have been 13 teams who have finished with a losing record at least half the time in the total seasons they have played in the 16-game era.

Team
Losing Record
Browns 24/35 (68.57%)
Cardinals 26/38 (68.42%)
Buccaneers 25/38 (65.78%)
Lions 24/38 (63.15%)
Falcons 22/38 (57.89%)
Rams 22/38 (57.89%)
Panthers 13/23 (56.52%)
Jaguars 13/23 (56.52%)
Bengals 21/38 (55.26%)
Bears 20/38 (52.63%)
Bills 19/38 (50%)
Saints 19/38 (50%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)

Least amount of losing and winning seasons

Only six teams have managed to have less than 10 losing seasons since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule. Although two of these, the Ravens and the Texans, are newer franchises. In contrast, only five teams have less than 10 winning seasons but three are also newer franchises.

Teams # of losing seasons
Packers 9/38 (23.68%)
Patriots 8/38 (21.05%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)
Steelers 7/38 (18.42%)
Ravens 7/22 (31.81%)
Broncos 6/38 (15.78%)
Teams # of winning seasons
Browns 9/35 (25.71%)
Cardinals 8/38 (21.05%)
Jaguars 8/23 (34.78%)
Panthers 7/23 (30.43%)
Texans 6/16 (37.5%)

The most .500 records and ties

The Buccaneers have had the least .500 seasons, only have finished 8-8 once in the last 38 seasons. In contrast, the Broncos have the most 8-8 seasons, having done so eight times. This is on top of Denver having the least losing seasons and the third most winning ones.

How NFL teams finished the season with a .500 record in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule, there have been 18 times that a regular season game has ended in a tied game. 20 of the 32 teams have had a tie in this period, with the Eagles accounting for the most with four.

How NFL teams have tied in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87).png

The most common record teams have finished with when having a tie has been 8-7-1, followed by 10-5-1. The Dolphins (1981) and 49ers (2012) finished 11-4-1, while the Giants (1983) finished 3-12-1.

Record # of times
11-4-1 2
10-5-1 6
9-6-1 3
8-7-1 8
7-8-1 4
6-9-1 4
5-10-1 4
4-11-1 4
3-12-1 1

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “2009 NFL Black Logo” by Michael Tipton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/index.htm

All graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

 

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Every NFL team’s playoff record since the 1999-00 season

Which NFL teams have performed the best and which have underachieved in the playoffs this century? Who has the most playoff appearances and who has the least? All of these questions will be answered as this article takes a look at each team’s playoff history over the last 19 postseasons (1999-2000 to 2017-18).

Every NFL’s team playoff record

Below is a table of every NFL teams playoff and Super Bowl records, as well as their number of playoff and Super Bowl appearances. It is sorted based on the number of playoff appearances that each team has.

Team Playoff App Record (%) SB App Super Bowls Rec
New England Patriots 15 27-10 (73%) 8 5-3
Indianapolis Colts 14 12-13 (48%) 2 1-1
Green Bay Packers 13 12-12 (50%) 1 1-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 15-10 (60%) 3 2-1
Seattle Seahawks 12 13-11 (54.2%) 3 1-2
Philadelphia Eagles 11 13-10 (56.5%) 2 1-1
Baltimore Ravens 10 15-8 (65.2%) 2 2-0
Denver Broncos 9 7-8 (46.7%) 2 1-1
New York Giants 8 10-6 (62.5%) 3 2-1
Atlanta Falcons 8 6-8 (42.9%) 1 0-1
Minnesota Vikings 8 5-8 (38.5%) 0 N/A
New Orleans Saints 7 8-6 (57.1%) 1 1-0
Carolina Panthers 7 8-7 (53.3%) 2 0-2
Tennessee Titans 7 6-7 (46.2%) 1 0-1
Dallas Cowboys 7 2-7 (22.2%) 0 N/A
Kansas City Chiefs 7 1-7 (12.5%) 0 N/A
Cincinnati Bengals 7 0-7 (0%) 0 N/A
Los Angeles Rams 6 6-5 (54.5%) 2 1-1
New York Jets 6 6-6 (50%) 0 N/A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 4-5 (44.4%) 1 1-0
Los Angeles Chargers 6 4-6 (40%) 0 N/A
San Francisco 49ers 5 6-5 (54.5%) 1 0-1
Miami Dolphins 5 2-5 (28.6%) 0 N/A
Washington Redskins 5 2-5 (28.6%) 0 N/A
Arizona Cardinals 4 5-4 (55.6%) 1 0-1
Oakland Raiders 4 4-4 (50%) 1 0-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 4-4 (50%) 0 N/A
Chicago Bears 4 3-4 (42.9%) 1 0-1
Houston Texans 4 3-4 (42.9%) 0 N/A
Detroit Lions 4 0-4 (0%) 0 N/A
Buffalo Bills 2 0-2 (0%) 0 N/A
Cleveland Browns 1 0-1 (0%) 0 N/A

All 32 teams have made the playoffs at least four times except for the Buffalo Bills (2) and the Cleveland Browns (1). The New England Patriots have made the playoffs 15 (78.94%) out of a possible 19 times this century. They missed the playoffs the first two years (1999-00 & 2000-01), which was Pete Carroll’s last year as head coach and Bill Belichick’s first.

The Patriots and Colts have as many or more playoff appearances this century then ten other NFL franchises. Seven franchises have as many or more playoff appearances this century than the Cardinals (10) have in their entire 98-year history.

Minnesota has the most playoff appearances this century (8) without a Super Bowl appearance, while the New York Jets have the most playoff wins (6) of any team without an appearance in the big game.

Playoff Winning Percentage for every team (1999-00 to 2017-18)
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Best and worst performing playoff teams this century

Over the 19 playoffs that have taken place so far this century only four teams have won at least 60% of their games. At 73% the Patriots are out in front of everyone else. This is along with that fact that their 27 wins this century is more than all but four franchises (49ers, Cowboys, Packers, Steelers) have in their entire histories.

Team Playoff App Record (%)
New England Patriots 15 27-10 (73%)
Baltimore Ravens 10 15-8 (65.2%)
New York Giants 8 10-6 (62.5%)
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 15-10 (60%)
Kansas City Chiefs 7 1-7 (12.5%)
Cincinnati Bengals 7 0-7 (0%)
Detroit Lions 4 0-4 (0%)
Buffalo Bills 2 0-2 (0%)
Cleveland Browns 1 0-1 (0%)

On the other end of the spectrum are the Bengals, who are 0-7 this century, making them one of four NFL franchises to have not won a playoff game this century. It has been 27 seasons since they won a playoff game, with the Lions (26), Bills (22) and Browns (20) right behind them. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have lost an NFL-record six straight playoff games at home.
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Super Bowls

Uncoincidentally, the four teams to have at least a 60% win rate in the playoffs are also the only ones to win at least two Super Bowls this century. New England has once again dominated in this area with eight (42.10%) of the AFC’s Super Bowl appearances and five (26.31%) of the league’s Super Bowl titles.

In fact, the top five AFC teams (Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, and Broncos) combined have 17 (89.47%) of the AFC’s 19 Super Bowl appearances. For contrast, the top five NFC teams (Giants, Seahawks, Eagles, Rams, Panthers) have 12 (63.15%) Super Bowl appearances between them.

Team SB App Super Bowls Rec
New England Patriots 8 5-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 2-1
New York Giants 3 2-1
Seattle Seahawks 3 1-2
Baltimore Ravens 2 2-0
Philadelphia Eagles 2 1-1
Denver Broncos 2 1-1
Indianapolis Colts 2 1-1
Los Angeles Rams 2 1-1
Carolina Panthers 2 0-2
Green Bay Packers 1 1-0
New Orleans Saints 1 1-0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1-0
Atlanta Falcons 1 0-1
San Francisco 49ers 1 0-1
Arizona Cardinals 1 0-1
Chicago Bears 1 0-1
Oakland Raiders 1 0-1
Tennessee Titans 1 0-1

The Carolina Panthers hold the distinction of being the only team to be 0-2 in Super Bowls this century. Meanwhile, the Rams have the least playoff wins of any team to have been in two Super Bowls with six, just ahead of Denver’s seven. Chicago has the least playoffs wins of any team to make a Super Bowl this century with only three.
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Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: “NFL Playoffs format bracket” by WClarke is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/index.htm (Used to get playoff information for each team)

https://www.printyourbrackets.com/winning-percentage-calculator.php (Used to find win percentage for each team)