Getting psyched up for football? Oh hell yeah!
Here’s a good one for you – and maybe even one that provides a little hope for your team this upcoming season no matter what is expected of them…or, I’m sorry, maybe not, as you will see.
Today’s list ranks every Super Bowl winner by their record the season before – from worst to best. I’m sorting by W-L percentage, from lowest to highest, but have also provided each team’s prior season’s playoff result.
And look at the 1999 St. Louis Rams who found a miracle in Kurt Warner. The Rams went from 4-12 (.250) under QB Tony Banks in 1998 to winning it all under MVP Warner in his first full season in 1999. Warner played in one game in 1998 for the Rams after playing several seasons in the AFL (Arena Football League).
Not far off the pace – and a similar situation, at least in terms of a quarterback who came from nowhere – were the 2001 Champion New England Patriots, who were 5-11 (.313) the season before under Drew Bledsoe. Tom Brady squeezed himself into his first (and only) pro game that season, but came back in 2001 after Bledsoe was injured in Game 2. Brady started the next 14 games and the rest is history (legendary, really), as five Super Bowls and three rings can attest.
After backing up Steve DeBerg all of 1979 and taking over the San Francisco 49er offense halfway through a 6-10 (.375) season in 1980, Joe Montana led the Niners to their first of five Super Bowl titles in 1981.
Every single other team – 45 other winners – had W-L percentages of .500 (four) or more (the other 41) the season before.
So, if your team was under .500 last season – and that means you, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Rams, that you have a little more than a six percent chance of winning the Big Game this go-round. Hey, though, it’s happened, and that means it can happen again.
|SUPER BOWL WINNER||SEASON||SUPER BOWL||DATE||W||L||T||W-L PCT||PLAYOFFS|
|1.||St. Louis Rams||1999||XXXIV||Jan. 30, 2000||4||12||0||.250||No Playoffs|
|2.||New England Patriots||2001||XXXVI||Feb. 3, 2002||5||11||0||.313||No Playoffs|
|3.||San Francisco 49ers||1981||XVI||Jan. 24, 1982||6||10||0||.375||No Playoffs|
|4.||Washington Redskins||1982||XVII||Jan. 30, 1983||8||8||0||.500||No Playoffs|
|4.||Baltimore Ravens||2000||XXXV||Jan. 28, 2001||8||8||0||.500||No Playoffs|
|4.||New York Giants||2007||XLII||Feb. 3, 2008||8||8||0||.500||Lost NFC Wild Card|
|4.||New Orleans Saints||2009||XLIV||Feb. 7, 2010||8||8||0||.500||No Playoffs|
|8.||Oakland Raiders||1980||XV||Jan. 25, 1981||9||7||0||.563||No Playoffs|
|8.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2002||XXXVII||Jan. 26, 2003||9||7||0||.563||Lost NFC Wild Card|
|8.||New England Patriots||2003||XXXVIII||Feb. 1, 2004||9||7||0||.563||No Playoffs|
|11.||New York Jets||1968||III||Jan. 12, 1969||8||5||1||.607||No Playoffs (AFL)|
|11.||Baltimore Colts||1970||V||Jan. 17, 1971||8||5||1||.607||No Playoffs|
|13.||San Francisco 49ers||1984||XIX||Jan. 20, 1985||10||6||0||.625||Lost NFC Championship|
|13.||Chicago Bears||1985||XX||Jan. 26, 1986||10||6||0||.625||Lost NFC Championship|
|13.||New York Giants||1986||XXI||Jan. 25, 1987||10||6||0||.625||Lost NFC Division Round|
|13.||San Francisco 49ers||1989||XXIV||Jan. 28, 1990||10||6||0||.625||Won Super Bowl|
|13.||Washington Redskins||1991||XXVI||Jan. 26, 1992||10||6||0||.625||Lost NFC Division Round|
|13.||San Francisco 49ers||1994||XXIX||Jan. 29, 1995||10||6||0||.625||Lost NFC Championship|
|13.||Pittsburgh Steelers||2008||XLIII||Feb. 1, 2009||10||6||0||.625||Lost AFC Wild Card|
|13.||New York Giants||2011||XLVI||Feb. 5, 2012||10||6||0||.625||No Playoffs|
|21.||Pittsburgh Steelers||1978||XIII||Jan. 21, 1979||9||5||0||.643||Lost AFC Division Round|
|22.||Dallas Cowboys||1992||XXVII||Jan. 31, 1993||11||5||0||.688||Lost NFC Division Round|
|22.||Green Bay Packers||1996||XXXI||Jan. 26, 1997||11||5||0||.688||Lost NFC Championship|
|22.||Green Bay Packers||2010||XLV||Feb. 6, 2011||11||5||0||.688||Lost NFC Wild Card|
|22.||Seattle Seahawks||2013||XLVIII||Feb. 2, 2014||11||5||0||.688||Lost NFC Division Round|
|26.||Dallas Cowboys||1971||VI||Jan. 16, 1972||10||4||0||.714||Lost Super Bowl|
|26.||Pittsburgh Steelers||1974||IX||Jan. 12, 1975||10||4||0||.714||Lost AFC Division Round|
|28.||Washington Redskins||1987||XXII||Jan. 31, 1988||12||4||0||.750||Lost NFC Championship|
|28.||New York Giants||1990||XXV||Jan. 27, 1991||12||4||0||.750||Lost NFC Division Round|
|28.||Dallas Cowboys||1995||XXX||Jan. 28, 1996||12||4||0||.750||Lost NFC Championship|
|28.||Denver Broncos||1998||XXXIII||Jan. 31, 1999||12||4||0||.750||Won Super Bowl|
|28.||Baltimore Ravens||2012||XLVII||Feb. 3, 2013||12||4||0||.750||Lost NFC Championship|
|28.||Green Bay Packers||1966||I||Jan. 15, 1967||10||3||1||.750||Won NFL Championship|
|28.||Miami Dolphins||1972||VII||Jan. 14, 1973||10||3||1||.750||Lost Super Bowl|
|28.||Pittsburgh Steelers||1975||X||Jan. 18, 1976||10||3||1||.750||Won Super Bowl|
|36.||Oakland Raiders||1976||XI||Jan. 9, 1977||11||3||0||.786||Lost AFC Championship|
|36.||Dallas Cowboys||1977||XII||Jan. 15, 1978||11||3||0||.786||Lost NFC Division Round|
|38.||Dallas Cowboys||1993||XXVIII||Jan. 30, 1994||13||3||0||.813||Won Super Bowl|
|38.||Denver Broncos||1997||XXXII||Jan. 25, 1998||13||3||0||.813||Lost AFC Division Round|
|40.||Green Bay Packers||1967||II||Jan. 14, 1968||12||2||0||.857||Won Super Bowl|
|40.||Kansas City Chiefs||1969||IV||Jan. 11, 1970||12||2||0||.857||Lost Division Tiebreaker (AFL)|
|42.||San Francisco 49ers||1988||XXIII||Jan. 22, 1989||13||2||0||.867||Lost NFC Division Round|
|43.||Pittsburgh Steelers||1979||XIV||Jan. 20, 1980||14||2||0||.875||Won Super Bowl|
|43.||New England Patriots||2004||XXXIX||Feb. 6, 2005||14||2||0||.875||Won Super Bowl|
|43.||Indianapolis Colts||2006||XLI||Feb. 4, 2007||14||2||0||.875||Lost AFC Division Round|
|46.||Los Angeles Raiders||1983||XVIII||Jan. 22, 1984||8||1||0||.889||Lost AFC Division Round|
|47.||Pittsburgh Steelers||2005||XL||Feb. 5, 2006||15||1||0||.938||Lost AFC Championship|
|48.||Miami Dolphins||1973||VIII||Jan. 13, 1974||14||0||0||1.000||Won Super Bowl|
The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?
But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.
Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.
NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.
Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.
Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Los Angeles Lakers||20.09M||NBA Basketball|
|2.||Chicago Bulls||14.51M||NBA Basketball|
|3.||Miami Heat||13.46M||NBA Basketball|
|4.||Boston Celtics||8.29M||NBA Basketball|
|5.||New York Yankees||7.60M||MLB Baseball|
|6.||Dallas Cowboys||6.71M||NFL Football|
|7.||Pittsburgh Steelers||5.61M||NFL Football|
|8.||New York Knicks||5.12M||NBA Basketball|
|9.||New England Patriots||5.00M||NFL Football|
|10.||Boston Red Sox||4.67M||MLB Baseball|
|11.||Oklahoma City Thunder||4.39M||NBA Basketball|
|12.||Green Bay Packers||4.22M||NFL Football|
|13.||San Antonio Spurs||3.82M||NBA Basketball|
|14.||New Orleans Saints||3.71M||NFL Football|
|15.||Chicago Bears||3.60M||NFL Football|
|16.||Dallas Mavericks||3.50M||NBA Basketball|
|17.||New York Giants||3.35M||NFL Football|
|18.||San Francisco 49ers||3.23M||NFL Football|
|19.||Denver Broncos||2.92M||NFL Football|
|20.||Philadelphia Eagles||2.61M||NFL Football|
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are on course to become the most explosive offense in NFL history. They’re just 18 points away from the highest scoring offense ever with just a game to go. They’d supplant the 16-0 Tom Brady-led 2007 New England Patriots.
Brady’s Patriot squads, though, have overall been the most explosive teams in history. They appear four times amongst the 20 teams who have scored the most points in a season.
Most of these offenses made their marks recently – more than half since 2000, and all but two since 1991 – but there are a couple anachronisms in there. How about the Dan Marino-helmed 1984 Miami Dolphins and the even better Joe Theismann-led 1983 Washington Redskins.
UPDATED LIST: Through the 2013 season. The 2013 Denver Broncos are now the highest-scoring team of all time, passing the 2007 New England Patriots. Also note: these are just NFL teams. AFL and AAFC are not included. If the AFL and AAFC were included: the 1961 Houston Oilers (AFL) scored 513 points and the 1948 San Francisco 49ers (AAFC) scored 495 points. Thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com‘s play index.
|2.||New England Patriots||2007||589||16||0||0|
|3.||Green Bay Packers||2011||560||15||1||0|
|4.||New England Patriots||2012||557||12||4||0|
|6.||New Orleans Saints||2011||547||13||3||0|
|8.||St. Louis Rams||2000||540||10||6||0|
|9.||St. Louis Rams||1999||526||13||3||0|
|11.||New England Patriots||2010||518||14||2||0|
|12.||New England Patriots||2011||513||13||3||0|
|14.||New Orleans Saints||2009||510||13||3||0|
|15.||San Francisco 49ers||1994||505||13||3||0|
|16.||St. Louis Rams||2001||503||14||2||0|
|18.||San Diego Chargers||2006||492||14||2||0|