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All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

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With training camp upon us and the 2014 NFL season just around the corner, it's time to revisit my list ranking all 32 franchises from best to worst. For reference, here is last year's list. And don't forget to check out all my other fantastic sports lists as well! I didn't see the need to introduce any major changes to my calculation system, other than to penalize teams for losing seasons. Also, I did go back and correct some data entry errors I discovered. None of this had a noticeable impact on the rankings, as no team moved more than two places from the 2013 list. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932). 5 points for a season with a play
Football Friday: Thanksgiving’s Best NFL Teams

Football Friday: Thanksgiving’s Best NFL Teams

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Thanksgiving turkey and the National Football League -- one of the finest traditions in all of American sports. And, as it turns out, one of the longest-lived as well. Since the NFL's inception in 1920, at least one game has been played every Thanksgiving, and since 2006 three are played. Most fans associate the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys with the now-dubbed Thanksgiving Classic series, and for good reason. The Lions and Cowboys have played the most Thanksgiving games ever, with 72 and 44 respectively through the 2012 season. Following behind are the Green Bay Packers (34), Chicago Bears (31), and Arizona Cardinals (23). Of these five teams, however, only the Cowboys and Bears sport a winning Thanksgiving record. Here are the ten NFL teams with the most wins and highest win...
Ranking the Greatest Ever NFL Franchises, 1920-2012

Ranking the Greatest Ever NFL Franchises, 1920-2012

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Note: Newer franchise rankings can be found on my Sports Lists page. For several years I've been giving a lot of thought to how all of the NFL franchises are ranked in terms of the best ever. And one major fault I find with even the best ranking systems is that they invariably omit anything that happened before the advent of the Super Bowl, aka the dawn of the NFL's Modern Era. So while a lot of franchises boast proud histories prior to the late '60s, it's as if all those achievements didn't count in the eyes of most sportswriters or even fans. So instead of complaining about it, I've decided to do something about it. Namely, I've developed my own mathematical formula for determining which teams are the best (and worst) in NFL history. No personal bias, no favoritism, just cold, ...
Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC East

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: AFC East

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Since it's the off-season  I thought I'd start a fun project involving NFL history. So I'm going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it's the four squads of the AFC East -- the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. Buffalo Bills (1) #12 -- Jim Kelly Believe it or not, #12 is the only jersey number officially retired by the Bills. There are three other numbers that aren't issued anymore -- #32, #34, and #78 -- but they have not been retired. It's unlikely that OJ Simpson's number ever will be at this point. Miami Dolphins (3) #12 -- Bob Griese #13 -- Dan Marino #39 -- Larry Csonka New England Patriots (7)
The 10 Longest Active Super Bowl/Championship Droughts in NFL History

The 10 Longest Active Super Bowl/Championship Droughts in NFL History

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(Note: Totals are accurate through the end of the 2014 NFL regular season.) It seems like training camp just opened, and we've already put another NFL regular season in the books. But now I want to turn my attention to the unfortunates -- the teams that haven't won a National Football League title since I've even been alive. While there are some pretty good franchises on this list, it's mostly a collection of clubs that have come to represent football futility for most. Unlike the other major American sports leagues, the NFL has seen fit to establish a clear distinction between the pre- and post-Super Bowl eras. I have never bought into that line of thinking, and so I count Super Bowls, NFL championships, and AFL championships equally. If you think that's bunk, I'm not going to try t
Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

Football Friday: What Steve Sabol Meant to Me

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One of the few things about the nearly interminable one or two-week buildup between the NFC/AFC championship games and the Super Bowl that I looked forward to was tuning into ESPN and watching hours upon hours of NFL Films' Super Bowl highlight packages. In some ways, watching those 30-minute capsules -- replete with their sweeping orchestral scores and booming narration by John Facenda -- was more rewarding than the games themselves. Through the magic of eBay and torrent sites, I've had the opportunity to watch Super Bowls from the 1970s and early '80s, that I wasn't around to see or was too young to remember. In almost all cases, watching those contests was almost a letdown after memorizing practically every line and every beat from the NFL Films version. Take, for example, ...
The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC East)

The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC East)

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With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the AFC's East division. (For a look at my choices for the best and worst MLB baseball logos, start here!) Buffalo Bills Best I actually dig the Buffalo helmets and uniforms of the late '70s and early '80s, but this speaks to the traditionalist in me. Worst As you'll see in upcoming rankings, plain helmet designs like this are not too uncommon. But Buffalo's first year in th
My Sports Memories: The 2002 New York Jets Win the AFC East

My Sports Memories: The 2002 New York Jets Win the AFC East

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My Sports Memories is a look back at some of the best (and worst) days we've experienced as sports fans. For the inaugural entry in the series, let's welcome new GFS writer and lifelong New York Jets fan Brian Roll. - Chris The New York Jets franchise has always had a flair for the weird, either in victory or in defeat. One of the greatest sports moments I ever experienced in person happened at Giants Stadium on December 29, 2002. At stake was an AFC East division title for the Jets and a home playoff game the following week. This is a fairly common NFL scenario -- win and you're in. But naturally, this being the Jets, there had to be one hell of a twist. Irony of ironies, the group that helped make it possible that day was the nascent dynastic version of the hated New England Patri...
Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

Football Friday: The longest Christmas ever — Dolphins/Chiefs 1971

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The Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs entered the 1971 NFL playoffs evenly matched. They both finished the regular season with identical 10-3-1 records and both scored more than 300 points on offense. By virtue of the rotation system then in place in the league, the Chiefs hosted an AFC divisional playoff game on Christmas Day '71. It was to be the last game at the old Municipal Stadium, and it ended up as the longest game in NFL history. Miami spent most of the game playing catchup to Kansas City. The Chiefs took an early 10-0 lead before the Dolphins finally answered back with a Larry Csonka TD run in the 2nd quarter. Kansas City scored two more TDs but each time Miami responded with one of their own. Miami tied the score at 24-24 with just 1:25 left in regulation when Marv Fl...