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|
The 2007 New England Patriots? Nope.
It’s a throwback. The 1950 L.A. Rams are the highest scoring offense in NFL history, running up the scoreboard to the tune of nearly 39 (38.83) points a game. There were only 12 games on the schedule back then, though. Still, talk about dominating your contemporaries.
Those 16-0 Pats from 2007 are the highest scoring offense of the 16-game era (1978-present).
Here are the top 20 teams with the highest points per game averages in a season. My how offense has exploded – 10 of the top 20 occurred from 2000-on.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Los Angeles Rams||1950||38.83||12||9||3||0|
|2.||New England Patriots||2007||36.81||16||16||0||0|
|3.||Green Bay Packers||2011||35.00||16||15||1||0|
|4.||New England Patriots||2012||34.81||16||12||4||0|
|6.||New Orleans Saints||2011||34.19||16||13||3||0|
|8.||St. Louis Rams||2000||33.75||16||10||6||0|
|9.||St. Louis Rams||1999||32.88||16||13||3||0|
|11.||New England Patriots||2010||32.38||16||14||2||0|
|12.||New England Patriots||2011||32.06||16||13||3||0|
|14.||New York Giants||1963||32.00||14||11||3||0|
|15.||New Orleans Saints||2009||31.88||16||13||3||0|
|17.||San Francisco 49ers||1994||31.56||16||13||3||0|
|18.||St. Louis Rams||2001||31.44||16||14||2||0|
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