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NFL: Best Teams That Failed to Make the Postseason (11-Win Teams)

With Tom Brady Sidelined For The Season With A Knee Injury In Game 1 (Above), Matt Cassel Led The 2008 New England Patriots To An 11-5 Record - But No Postseason

With Tom Brady Sidelined For The Season Thanks To A Knee Injury In Game 1 (Above), Matt Cassel Led The 2008 New England Patriots To An 11-5 Record – But No Postseason

Pretty, pretty rare. That’s how often an NFL team has failed to make the postseason with 11 wins.

More specifically, five times since the playoffs were introduced in 1933 – and only twice since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978.

What about a 10-6 record? There must be plenty of teams that failed to make the postseason with that record over the past 36* completed seasons. Even teams that are 9-7 make the postseason here and there. Well, sort of.

According to my source for today’s post, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just 21 teams won 10 games during this period and missed the playoffs. That averages out to a little more than one team (1.17) every other year.

Now, what about 2014? What is going on out there?

The same, and the opposite, too.

The AFC North’s worst record right now is 6-4. Another six AFC teams have at least that record. The NFC’s chances of producing a 10- or 11-win no-berth team are slimmer, but existent.

Meanwhile, look at the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are tied for first at 4-6. One of those teams might join quite the contrary list of worst teams to make the postseason.

TEAM SEASON W-L RECORD
1. Detroit Lions 1962 11-3
2. Green Bay Packers 1963 11-2-1
3. Baltimore Colts 1967 11-1-2
4. Denver Broncos 1985 11-5
5. New England Patriots 2008 11-5

* including 1987, which was a 15-game, strike/replacement-player season, and 1982, which was a nine-game, strike-shortened season; not including current season (2014).

Photo: boston.sportsthenandnow.com

NFL: Longest Current Consecutive Playoff Appearance Streaks and Droughts

Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers And Tom Brady's New England Patriots Are Looking To Continue Their NFL-Best Playoff Streak

Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers And Tom Brady’s New England Patriots Are Looking To Continue Their NFL-Best Playoff Streak

Talk about football parity. Every season, more than one-third of the NFL (12 of 32 teams, 37.5 percent) makes the playoffs. Seems like there would be a lot of postseason repeaters for a lot of years based on that number.

Not so at all.

The longest current playoff appearance streak is just five seasons, ridden by the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, two teams you’d probably guess.

Three teams have made the postseason the last three years and two the last two. Finally, 2013 saw five new teams make the playoffs.

Even the droughts aren’t that lengthy, save for a couple of teams – by definition, the “usual suspects” these days, again that you probably can guess.

The Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders have each not made the postseason in over 10 years.

It’s possible the Bills and Browns will climb out of their hole in 2014, but the Raiders have all but already locked up their 12th fruitless season in a row while (still) coasting downhill on one of the longest losing streaks ever.

CURRENT CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

TEAM CURRENT CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES LAST POSTSEASON APPEARANCE(S)
1. Green Bay Packers 5 2009-2013
1. New England Patriots 5 2009-2013
3. Cincinnati Bengals 3 2011-2013
3. Denver Broncos 3 2011-2013
3. San Francisco 49ers 3 2011-2013
6. Indianapolis Colts 2 2012-2013
6. Seattle Seahawks 2 2012-2013
8. Carolina Panthers 1 2013
8. Kansas City Chiefs 1 2013
8. New Orleans Saints 1 2013
8. Philadelphia Eagles 1 2013
8. San Diego Chargers 1 2013
13. Arizona Cardinals 0 2009
13. Atlanta Falcons 0 2012
13. Baltimore Ravens 0 2012
13. Buffalo Bills 0 1999
13. Chicago Bears 0 2010
13. Cleveland Browns 0 2002
13. Dallas Cowboys 0 2009
13. Detroit Lions 0 2011
13. Houston Texans 0 2012
13. Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2007
13. Miami Dolphins 0 2008
13. Minnesota Vikings 0 2012
13. New York Giants 0 2011
13. New York Jets 0 2010
13. Oakland Raiders 0 2002
13. Pittsburgh Steelers 0 2011
13. St. Louis Rams 0 2004
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 2007
13. Tennessee Titans 0 2008
13. Washington Redskins 0 2012

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CURRENT PLAYOFF DROUGHTS

TEAM CURRENT PLAYOFF DROUGHTS LAST POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
1. Buffalo Bills 14 1999
2. Cleveland Browns 11 2002
2. Oakland Raiders 11 2002
4. St. Louis Rams 9 2004
5. Jacksonville Jaguars 6 2007
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 2007
7. Miami Dolphins 5 2008
7. Tennessee Titans 5 2008
9. Arizona Cardinals 4 2009
9. Dallas Cowboys 4 2009
11. Chicago Bears 3 2010
11. New York Jets 3 2010
13. Detroit Lions 2 2011
13. New York Giants 2 2011
13. Pittsburgh Steelers 2 2011
16. Atlanta Falcons 1 2012
16. Baltimore Ravens 1 2012
16. Houston Texans 1 2012
16. Minnesota Vikings 1 2012
16. Washington Redskins 1 2012
21. Green Bay Packers 0 2013
21. New England Patriots 0 2013
21. Cincinnati Bengals 0 2013
21. Denver Broncos 0 2013
21. San Francisco 49ers 0 2013
21. Indianapolis Colts 0 2013
21. Seattle Seahawks 0 2013
21. Carolina Panthers 0 2013
21. Kansas City Chiefs 0 2013
21. New Orleans Saints 0 2013
21. Philadelphia Eagles 0 2013
21. San Diego Chargers 0 2013

Photos: Donald Miralle, Getty Images via zimbio.com / zimbio.com

NFL: The 20 Biggest Shutouts Since the Merger (1970-Present, Regular Season)

The Los Angeles Rams Spanked The Atlanta Falcons 59-0 In December Of 1976, Apparently In Front Of Few Fans

The Los Angeles Rams Spanked The Atlanta Falcons 59-0 In December Of 1976, Apparently In Front Of Few Fans

Man, there have been a lot of lopsided victories in the NFL this season, prompting some serious interest in posts on football shutouts and blowouts:

The Top 20 Biggest Shutouts in NFL History

Top 20 Teams with the Most Points Scored in a Game

The 20 Biggest Blowouts Since 2000 (Regular Season)

The 20 Biggest Blowouts Since the Merger (Regular Season)

The Biggest Blowouts in AFC Championship and NFC Championship History

The 20 Biggest Blowouts in Super Bowl History

In 2014, it all started with that Week 3 Thursday night game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons jumped out to a 56-0 lead before the Bucs “closed the gap” to make it 56-14.

Just last week, the San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets, 31-0.

Today, Joe Flacco put five touchdowns in the books and the Baltimore Ravens jumped to a 38-0 lead against the (again) Bucs – all in the first half alone. And tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles blanked the New York Giants, 27-0.

And there’s been plenty more beatdowns than that.

So, in the spirit of the season, here’s one more beatdown list for y’all.

Thanks to pro-football-reference.com, where I punched this query into the play index, and where you can see every single shutout since the merger (regular season)

WINNER LOSER DATE
1. New England Patriots 59 Tennessee Titans 0 Oct. 18, 2009
1. Los Angeles Rams 59 Atlanta Falcons 0 Dec. 4, 1976
3. Seattle Seahawks 58 Arizona Cardinals 0 Dec. 9, 2012
4. Miami Dolphins 52 New England Patriots 0 Nov. 12, 1972
5. Cleveland Browns 51 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 Sep. 10, 1989
6. Kansas City Chiefs 49 Arizona Cardinals 0 Dec. 1, 2002
7. Jacksonville Jaguars 48 Cleveland Browns 0 Dec. 3, 2000
7. San Francisco 49ers 48 Los Angeles Rams 0 Dec. 27, 1987
9. Houston Oilers 47 Chicago Bears 0 Nov. 6, 1977
10. Pittsburgh Steelers 45 Kansas City Chiefs 0 Nov. 7, 1976
10. Oakland Raiders 45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Dec. 19, 1999
10. Seattle Seahawks 45 Kansas City Chiefs 0 Nov. 4, 1984
10. Washington Redskins 45 Detroit Lions 0 Sep. 1, 1991
14. Chicago Bears 44 Dallas Cowboys 0 Nov. 17, 1985
14. St. Louis Cardinals 44 Houston Oilers 0 Nov. 1, 1970
14. Detroit Lions 44 Jacksonville Jaguars 0 Dec. 17, 1995
14. Miami Dolphins 44 Baltimore Colts 0 Nov. 11, 1973
18. Baltimore Colts 43 Buffalo Bills 0 Oct. 10, 1971
18. Miami Dolphins 43 New York Jets 0 Oct. 19, 1975
18. Pittsburgh Steelers 43 Cleveland Browns 0 Sep. 12, 1999

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