Statistically Ranking All 32 NFL Franchises In The 21st Century
Sadly, the 2013-2014 NFL season has officially come to a close. In Super Bowl XLVIII, we once again learned that a great defense usually trumps a great offense. We also learned that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will need to wait at least another year for that elusive second ring.
With this past season fresh in the books, we thought we’d take a comprehensive look at which NFL franchises have enjoyed the most success during the 21st century. Since NFL campaigns stretch over a two-year period, we started with the 2000-2001 season (we realize that the year 2000 was technically part of the 20th century).
To score each franchise, we came up with a simple, yet effective point system.
Regular season win = 1 Point
Wild Card round win/bye = 4 Points
Divisional round win = 8 Points
Conference title = 16 Points
Super Bowl win = 32 Points
Both the Seahawks and Broncos, the participants in this year’s big game, finished in the top ten. But where did every other franchise rank? You’ll have to find out: