All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2016 Edition

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2015 Denver Broncos

After several years of ranking all active NFL franchises on my other site, I’ve decided to move it to SportsPaper.info. In addition to the list having a new home, I’ve upped my game introduced some new technology to the process — namely, Tableau. Other than making things look snazzy, however, the methodology behind how I’m ranking all NFL franchises remains pretty much intact. So for those who don’t know the rules, here they are again:

The Criteria

The categories and point values are as follows:

  • 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932).
  • 5 points for a season with a playoff appearance (starting in 1967), and 8 points for a season with a playoff win.
  • 1 point for a winning regular-season record, -1 point for a losing regular-season record.
  • 3 points for any year with a regular-season winning percentage of at least .750, -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage of .250 or less.
  • Consecutive winning regular seasons are worth 2 points starting with the second, 3 points for the third, 4 points for the fourth, and so on. The counter is reset after any non-winning season. So if a team has three winning seasons in a row, they get a total of 5 points.
  • I apply a unique multiplier to a franchise’s all-time winning percentage, such that anything below .500 essentially incurs a penalty.

Feel free to share your thoughts on my rankings in the comments below. And as I do every year, I must give credit to two sites that helped form the basis of my own formulations — Bob’s Blog and Page 2.

All rankings are current through the end of the 2015 NFL season (prior-year ranking in parentheses). Click on the image to be taken to the interactive version:

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2016 Edition

The Top 10

#1. Dallas Cowboys (#1) — 14.32 avg.
#2. New England Patriots (#5) — 10.77 avg.
#3. Green Bay Packers (#4) — 10.62 avg.
#4. Oakland Raiders (#3) — 10.22 avg.
#5. Baltimore Ravens (#2) — 9.79 avg.
#6. San Francisco 49ers (#6) — 9.13 avg.
#7. Miami Dolphins (#7) — 8.18 avg.
#8. Indianapolis Colts (#8) — 7.94 avg.
#9. Chicago Bears (#9) — 7.91 avg.
#10. Minnesota Vikings (#10) — 7.71 avg.

The Cowboys still have a lock on the top spot, but the Patriots continue to close the gap. Baltimore’s high average, buoyed by their relative newness in the league, took a huge hit after a 5-11 record last year.


The Mediocre 12

#11. Denver Broncos (#12) — 7.62 avg.
#12. New York Giants (#11) — 7.56 avg.
#13. Cleveland Browns (#13) — 7.29 avg.
#14. Pittsburgh Steelers (#14) — 7.03 avg.
#15. Seattle Seahawks (#18) — 6.10 avg.
#16. Kansas City Chiefs (#16) — 6.02 avg.
#17. Washington Redskins (#15) — 5.88 avg.
#18. Los Angeles Rams (#17) — 5.82 avg.
#19. San Diego Chargers (#19) — 5.15 avg.
#20. Tennessee Titans (#20) — 5.01 avg.
#21. Carolina Panthers (#23) — 4.85 avg.
#22. Buffalo Bills (#21) — 4.80 avg.

The Seahawks continue to scratch and claw their way up the rankings, as do the NFC champion Panthers.


The Bottom 10

#23. Philadelphia Eagles (#22) — 4.36 avg.
#24. New York Jets (#24) — 3.03 avg.
#25. Jacksonville Jaguars (#26) — 2.90 avg.
#26. Detroit Lions (#25) — 2.84 avg.
#27. Cincinnati Bengals (#27) — 2.55 avg.
#28. Atlanta Falcons (#28) — 1.87 avg.
#29. Houston Texans (#32) — 1.86 avg.
#30. New Orleans Saints (#29) — 1.79 avg.
#31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#31) — 1.76 avg.
#32. Arizona Cardinals (#30) — 1.16 avg.

The Eagles dropped into the bottom tier after a disappointing 7-9 finish in 2015, while the Texans rode a winning record to move out of the bottom spot.


Team of the Decade (So Far)

Here’s a look at how the total scores are shaping up for the 2010s across all of the NFL. Click on the chart to see the interactive version and play around yourself.


Miscellany

  • The current franchise point average is 6.06. The Seahawks are now just on the right side of that line, with the Chiefs just on the wrong side.
  • The Chiefs are the 2nd-highest ranked team of the 1960s, behind the Packers.
  • The Chicago Bears need 9 regular season wins to reach 750 in their history. The next closest franchise is the Packers with 720.
  • The Houston Texans need 3 regular season wins to reach 100.
  • The Patriots now have more playoff wins (28) than any other franchise except the Cowboys, Steelers, or 49ers.