NFL: Teams That Have Been Shutout the Most

Yup. That Just About Sums Up The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Shutout Numbers.

Yup. That Just About Sums Up The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Shutout Numbers.

There have been exactly 454 shutouts in the NFL since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have suffered the offensive insult more than any other team – almost 30 times (29), about six percent of them.

And the Bucs weren’t even in the league until 1976, giving Tampa Bay also the worst historical average.

All not very surprising, given that the Buccaneers are the official worst team of the modern NFL.

Another six teams have been shut out at least 20 times. It’s not hard to guess which teams, either, minus a couple surprises like the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers.

You also have the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets (both shutout again this season) and the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, who have had long stretches of bad (under .500) seasons.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings as the only teams around 45 years with less than 10 0-point losses. Remarkably, the Vikings have only been shutout five times during that period.

In general, shutouts are growing rarer (not coincidentally in sync with the quarterback focus and offensive explosion of the past two decades).

Even the perenially defensive-minded Baltimore Ravens have only been shutout twice in their 18-year existence. Surprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars have only been shutout three times in 20 years. And the baby on the block, the Houston Texans, have been blanked just once – all of this yielding low averages at the bottom of today’s list.

TEAM TIMES SHOUTOUT SEASONS SINCE 1970 MERGER TIMES SHUTOUT PER SEASON AVERAGE
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29 39 0.74
2. San Diego Chargers 24 45 0.53
3. Cleveland Browns 23 42 0.55
3. New York Jets 23 45 0.51
5. Buffalo Bills 22 45 0.49
5. Indianapolis Colts (+ Baltimore) 22 45 0.49
7. Atlanta Falcons 21 45 0.47
8. Arizona Cardinals (+ St. Louis) 18 45 0.40
9. Chicago Bears 17 45 0.38
9. Cincinnati Bengals 17 45 0.38
9. Philadelphia Eagles 17 45 0.38
12. Miami Dolphins 16 45 0.36
13. Green Bay Packers 15 45 0.33
13. New Orleans Saints 15 45 0.33
13. New York Giants 15 45 0.33
13. Tennessee Titans (+ Houston/Tennessee Oilers) 15 45 0.33
13. Pittsburgh Steelers 15 45 0.33
13. Los Angeles Raiders (+ Oakland) 15 45 0.33
19. Detroit Lions 14 45 0.31
19. New England Patriots 14 45 0.31
21. Kansas City Chiefs 13 45 0.29
21. St. Louis Rams (+ Los Angeles) 13 45 0.29
23. Washington Redskins 12 45 0.27
24. Seattle Seahawks 11 39 0.28
25. Dallas Cowboys 10 45 0.22
26. Denver Broncos 7 45 0.16
26. San Francisco 49ers 7 45 0.16
28. Minnesota Vikings 5 45 0.11
29. Carolina Panthers 3 20 0.15
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 3 20 0.15
31. Baltimore Ravens 2 18 0.11
32. Houston Texans 1 13 0.08

Photo: USA Today Sports Images via spokeo.com

Posted on December 21, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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