NFL: Teams with the Most Shutouts in a Season

The Steel Curtain: Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, Mean Joe Greene And L.C. Greenwood

The Steel Curtain: Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, Mean Joe Greene And L.C. Greenwood

In 1976, the Pittsburgh Steelers shutout five different teams, most since the 1970 merger – and that was when there were only 14 games on the schedule. The Steelers did it in bunches, too, three in a row, then two to close the regular season.

Some say (like ESPN) that team had the greatest defense of all time. Whether it’s true or not, they never drop below second best, jostling with the 1985 Chicago Bears for tops.

The ’85 Bears shutout four teams, but two were in the postseason (not considered here).

The Baltimore Ravens blanked a quarter of their 16-game schedule in 2000. Everybody else on today’s list – another 10 teams – tossed three shutouts in the regular season.

The last to do it? The 2003 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Four of the 12 single-season shutout kings won it all (*).

TEAM SHUTOUTS^ SEASON^ AGAINST
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 5 1976 New York Giants (27-0), San Diego Chargers (23-0), Kansas City Chiefs (45-0), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42-0), Houston Oilers (21-0)
2. Baltimore Ravens* 4 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers (16-0), Cincinnati Bengals (37-0), Cleveland Browns (12-0), Dallas Cowboys (27-0)
3. Baltimore Colts 3 1971 New York Jets (22-0), Buffalo Bills (43-0), Buffalo Bills (24-0)
3. St. Louis Cardinals 3 1970 Houston Oilers (44-0), Boston Patriots (31-0), Dallas Cowboys (38-0)
3. Miami Dolphins* 3 1972 Baltimore Colts (23-0), New England Patriots (52-0), Baltimore Colts (16-0)
3. Miami Dolphins 3 1978 Baltimore Colts (42-0), Cincinnati Bengals (21-0), Washington Redskins (16-0)
3. Minnesota Vikings 3 1971 Buffalo Bills (19-0), Philadelphia Eagles (13-0), Green Bay Packers (3-0)
3. New England Patriots* 3 2003 Dallas Cowboys (12-0), Miami Dolphins (12-0), Buffalo Bills (31-0)
3. Los Angeles Rams 3 1977 Philadelphia Eagles (20-0), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31-0), Cleveland Browns (9-0)
3. Seattle Seahawks 3 1984 Cleveland Browns (33-0), San Diego Chargers (24-0), Kansas City Chiefs (45-0)
3. San Francisco 49ers 3 2001 Buffalo Bills (35-0), Miami Dolphins (21-0), New orleasn Saints (38-0)
3. Washington Redskins* 3 1991 Detroit Lions (45-0), Phoenix Cardinals (34-0), Philadelphia Eagles (23-0)

^ Since 1970 AFL-NFL merger, regular-season only

Check out my source – pro-football-reference.com‘s play index, where I ran this query that gives you every single shutout (all 454 of them) since 1970.

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