Top Ten NFL Teams of All Time

A list of the greatest teams when compared to their peers.

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11985 Chicago Bears

The one loss that year was to the Dolphins and the delusional boaster, Don Shula, who always fails to point out that the Bears were without their starting QB, Jimmy Mac. From 1984-86 the Bears were 35-3 when Mac played. Name one QB in history with a 38 game streak near that. One may also, and rightly so, say that the stubborn Buddy Ryan single handedly lost that game when he failed to admit making a major mistake by covering the slot back and 4th WR Nat Moore with LB Marshall all game. Hey Shula, if you guys were so great that year how come the wildcard Pats destroyed you in Miami in the A.F.C. championship game 31-14? Had the Bears not fumbled on their first possession, New England actually led 3-0 in that S.B. , and had they not put their second and third stingers in for most of the 4th quarter, the final score could easily have been 53, or 60-0. As it was they still set the record for most points scored, the biggest margin of victory, and 3 defensive yardage and sack records that ...more

72 Dolphins had an easy schedule. Only two of the teams they played during the regular season ended up with a winning record, and their opponents had an aggregate win percentage below 40%.

In 86, passing teams were able to beat the 85 Bears, but we're not talking about the 86 Bears. In 86, the Bears' had a new defensive coordinator after Buddy Ryan left, so it's rather hard to draw comparisons between the two seasons with regard to defensive prowess.

The 72 Dolphins failed to win in the playoffs by more than 7 points in any game, whereas the Bears beat their opposition in the playoffs by an average of 27 points. Marino was able to help the Dolphins win in 85 because Marino had a legendarily quick release, so he was able to stay in the pocket longer than other quarterbacks, on top of the fact that McMahon was hurt. The only thing keeping the 85 Bears from winning NFL defensive player, offensive player, AND coach of the year was Marcus Allen's career year for the Raiders, ...more

Just to prove how amazing we were I'll name off the bears that made the hall of fame or that should of been there: Walter Payton, Dan Hampton, Wilber Marshall, William Perry, Mike singletary and just about everyone on the 1985 Chicago bears team because everyone pitched in.

Seriously, the BEST NFL TEAM. Why? Ditka, Payton, Superbowl Shuffle, McMahon, the Coach, The Refrigerator, Gault, 15-1. enough said.

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21972 Miami Dolphins

17-0 says it all! Not only that but this is also the only team that had the #1 offense AND #1 defense. This team scored more points than any other team that year and ALSO allowed the fewest points that season. Only team in NFL history to do this.

People also get confused when they say that this team played close games. In their 14 regualr season games, they won 11 of them by more than 8 points.

As for the playoff games, Dolphins were not on their game against Browns or Steelers, yet they managed to beat Browns when other great teams lose.

1985 Bears were not on their game against 1985 Dolphins and Dolphins destroyed them 38-24. I could say the same thing about each of the other great teams on this list.

Let me also say that Dolphins were not on their game against Steelers and won 21-17 AT Pittsburgh. This is the same Pittsburgh team that would go on to win 4 Super Bowl titles, yet the Dolphins were not on their game, were at Pittsburgh and still won ...more

I hate to say it to you Bears fans, but the 72' No-name Defense was better than the 85' Bears defense. Why? It didn't have the flash of the 85 Bears, but as far as run and pass defense it was better. The Bears looked prettier because they played their playoff games against running teams in the snow. The 85' Dolphins exposed their huge weakness in their pass defense. That explains why the Bears were a one-year wonder, passing teams that used the short pass beat them every game the next year. The No-namers won another Super Bowl in 73 and lost on the last play against the cheating steroid laced Raiders the next year. They may have also won in 75,76, etc. Had it not been for the WFL (now defunct World Football League) buying their 3 top players. The 70's Dolphins had a winning record over the Steroid Steelers in the 70's. The 72' Dolphins had a much better offense than the 85 Bears, Walter Payton in his prime was arguably better than any of the Dolphin runners, but in 85 Payton was old ...more

The Best by far and no one else compares... Why? Because they where Perfect and nobody else was... Perfect says it all, not opinion polls, you get a chance on the field and either you accomplished it or you didn't, they accomplished everything and NOBODY Else DID! Sure close is close big whoops, the 1973 Dolphin team only lost 2 games and won by more points on average, but they lost focus a couple of times and lost, they did not accomplish all that was asked of them and they are not even on the list, why? To say that Dolphin team had an "easy" schedule is a statement based purely on ignorance and not factual. It might look easy because the teams in their divisions did not have winning records, but this is not because they were weak teams they just beat themselves up and the Dolphins gave them all 2 losses as well. Namath Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969, Unitas's Colts won a few Super Bowls and even won as recently as 1970, OJ Simpson's Bills could go into the 70's Steelers stadium and ...more

I know the dolphins did good that year but now they suck the patriots are so much better

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32007 New England Patriots

You have one of the greatest defenses ever featuring Samuel thomas vrabel seau warren green brushci harrison wilfork seymour and a good ellis hoobs year there weakest position (2nd corner) was considered above average by every other standard and the dominated the offense was lead by a line that has and is one of the greatest led by one of if not the greatest quarterback in brady and a great receiving core of welker and THE FREAK the only knock on this team is they couldn't but for god sakes did they even need to

New England was honestly the best because... Lemme think - They had arguably THE best QB of all time, arguably THE best offense in history, and they finally had a above-average defense at that time. If this team doesn't make it to the top 3, it would be a crime. Go Pats!

There's gonna be a lot of crap about why this team shouldn't be on this list, mainly from Patriot haters, and most of it being because they didn't win the big one. But when it comes down to it, this team proved week in and week out that they were the best. Like someone already said, the Giants did get lucky. The Pats weren't the same team they were in the regular season when it came to the Super Bowl. But they still played tough. There's never gonna be a defense like the Patriots had that year, and the offense was already consistently strong (even stronger with Moss added). It's a definite shame they didn't finish, but that season still made them one of the best ever

This team was the best team EVER, even if they had just half the talent they would have still gone undefeated.

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41989 San Francisco 49ers

Some of the best players ever on this team (Craig, Taylor, Lott) and THE best quarterback and receiver ever to grace the game (Montana and Rice, respectively) with a strong offensive line and THE best coach ever, the late, great Bill Walsh, who led his team to 7 playoff appearances and 3 super bowl victories. They had the most productive offense, the 3rd strongest defense, and the second best turnover ratio.

This is simply the greatest team of all time. Montana was the best. Rice was the best and they had to play against great teams.

Forget the rest, they were the best.

montana, rice, craig, taylor, lott... the west coast offence when nobody could defend it...

No one compares to that team. The 93 cowboys were dope but the 89 miners were a dream team.

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51979 Pittsburgh Steelers

14 hall of farmers, Blount was the creator of the Blount rule, having The Steel Curtain as a great name, a fan club for just about every player on the team, Joe Greene and Blount came from small colleges to belong into the NFL, 4 Super Bowls, greatest center of all time (mike Webster), THE DEFINITION of POUND IT FOOTBALL. All contributed to their success, Two of the best coaches of all time Chuck Noll head coach and Tony Dungy as a player. All time team: mike Webster, joe Greene, jack lambert, jack ham, and Mel Blount. Killed the raiders frequently and the Vikings (in first Super Bowl they held the Vikings to 12 rushing yards and less than 200 total! ) THEY HAD THE LARGEST ATTENDED SUPER BOWL AND GAME OF ALL TIME IN NFL HISTORY. Why the HECK would you pick any other team to be #1?

4 Superbowl wins in one Decade... Sending 14 NFL Players to the NFL Pro Bowl, and a defensive unit comparable only to the 85' bears. Quite certainly one the best teams of all time.

Best dynasty and arguable the best franchise in the NFL, the model of consistency for decades and decades. There best years were mid-late 70's, and were nearly unstoppable, and a true fear to play against. No high powered offense of today (New England, Green Bay, New Orleans) could survive this incredible defense. What a team, what a sports city.

Whats better than this...

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61992 Dallas Cowboys

I think the should be number one we do have the most appearance go cowboys win lose or tie I'm a cowboys fan till I die

#1 most rushing yards Emmitt smith #2 passing rating Troy Aikman #3 most receiving yards Michael Irvin in the 1992 season. Great offensive line. #1 defense of that year

By far the best team ever.. Would have destroyed any of these teams.. Best offenseive line of all time and one of the best and deepest Defensive Lines of all time.. Aikman was accurate and you had the greatest rusher of all time.. Jimmy Johnson coaching along with all that--No one beats this team..

It think cowboys are awesome

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71984 San Francisco 49ers

The team was a missed field goal (Steelers) from a perfect record. It was ranked number 1 on defense and number 2 in offense. The team did not have Jerry Rice. It rolled through the playoffs including a 23-0 beating of the Chicago Bears (the same team that would win the next year Super Bowl) and crush the Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

This was the best of the best of the 49ers. any questions?

15-1 Great team before Rice. Not too many Superstars but definitely a complete team.

There the best

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81998 Denver Broncos

Good quarter backs nice uniforms great receivers and the defensive team is great

Not gonna be biased and say my Broncos were the best team of ALL TIME in 98, but they sure are up there. I mean the running attack was brutal and wore defenses down, and if you happen to stop that you've got this guy named John Elway to worry about. The whole fiasco with the Dolphins was just poor gameplaning and even poorer effort on out part. Did I mention the defense? Yeah because it was underrated as hell and may not have had any big name guys outside of Atwater and Neil Smith, but they had great chemistry, flew to the ball, and made plays in the biggest moments.

The zone blocking scheme was tailor made for T. Davis as they wore opponents down. The running game took the pressure off Elway, allowing him to play in his comfort zone. Under-rated defense swarmed to the ball and they came with vengeance as some of the hardest hitting DB's and LB's took many options away - damersh

My favorite team

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91999 St. Louis Rams

I was a season ticket holder during that year. I remember when Trent Green went down. We all tailgated saying at the best 8-8. There is not at fan during that time that ever expected more! I to this day think it was one of the best seasons ever! I am now stuck in Houston were I have season tickets also, hope one day they will do the same!

The 1999 Rams help mold what the NFL is about today. This type of aerial offense makes this game exiting to watch and the only number offense to win the Superbowl. I mean this unit scored 500pts for three seasons. WOW!

Averaged almost 33 per game, surrendered only 15 points per game. The greatest show on turf put up video game numbers all season as evidenced by Kurt Warner's 41 touchdown passes and a 109.2 QB rating.

Their linebacker stopped the Titan receiver, who was inches away from the touchdown. I cannot forget that moment.

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101962 Green Bay Packers

how are the CHICAGO BEARS the best team?!?! They only won 1 superbowl, last time I checked the Packers won 4/5. Vince Lombardi, one of the greatest coaches of all time if not the greatest served the Green Bay Packers for almost 10 years. Yeah the Bears have won more games against the Packers but the Green Bay Packers have 13 championship titles, 4 superbowl wins, the atmosphere when you go to one of there games is phenomenal! If you support the other team, yeah we give ya a little crap but we still treat you nice. In Chicago you get booed outta the place. The Chicago Bears should NOT be #1, but the freekin Green Bay Packers baby should!

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me at age 18 in 1994 I became their number one fan. Remember watching Brett Favre in Green Bay Packers play such and exciting football game. Brett Favre always gave it 200% every game injured or not. First
quarter or 4th those factors never made a difference to him they always seem to be playing from the heart I became their fan not because of there wins or losses or championship rings or any of those things I became their fan and will die there fan. Because in my heart they always played from the heart for the love of the game one thing I would like to do before I die is go watch the Packers play in Green Bay Wow that would b that would be the best thing ever. Did I mention I live in San Diego California big charger fan city. not me I can only imagine how exciting it must be to watch a game at Lambeau Field win or lose I get chills just thinking about it. That's my opinion. I still wear my #4 Jersey on game day. Much love and respect to Aaron ...more

Bart Starr was so good he toyed with other teams. He simply does not get the credit he deserves because he played before most of today's fans were born. The best field general ever, consistently beat Johnny Unitas, and is as nice a person as Walter Payton or Wayne Gretzsky, and maybe even more so if that were possible. Never once choked in his whole career, and in the later years carried that hall of fame team with his arm. He is one of the finest people ever to have such a high profile position, and was totally deserving of the gracious respect that Brett Farve showed him during his retirement ceremony at Lambeau field. The NFL,s Bart Starr award is given for a reason, and is fitting recognition for the marvelous person that Bart is. As a child, he was my hero. As a very accomplished man who credits his influence as part of the reason for my success, he remains so. It was my dream to meet him one day. The closest I got was a football signed by him to me through a friend. We will lose ...more

Green bay has always been the best but you can't win every superbowl even if you're the best

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111978 Pittsburgh Steelers

85 Bears #1, seriously? Lets break down how bad the 74, 75, 76, 79 or in this case, 78 Pittsburgh Steelers would beat them down!

The 85 Bears struggled against the pass if they faced an o-line that could protect their qb, reference Danny Marino taking it to them that year. Mike Webster and that Steelers O-line would have given Terry Bradshaw enough time to find open receivers. Those receivers were Swann and Stallworth, they would have been wide open. Franco would have got his fair share on the ground too. Steelers Offense scores a few times on the Bears D.

85 Bears offense vs the Steel Curtain. Give me a break! Walter Payton would have got a few yards vs Mean Joe, Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, but he's not breakin 100! Bears gotta pass, who do they got? Jim McMahon? Wide Receviers nobody can remember? Yeah that's gonna work well vs the Steelers pass rush, Mel Blount and Donnie Shell. Bears get into the redzone once or twice the whole game.

Final Score: Steelers 24-3

Just read something on the steelers being the greatest franchise of all time PLEASE! Learn your history and the facts and will realize that all the superbowl "hype" has made them look better than they are. The steelers were founded in 1933 you guys didn't even make a single playoff birth until the 1970's. Joe Greene even said in the 1974 americas game he didn't want to play for the steelers at first because of there history. This franchise is nothing compared to the charter franchises of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants all of which have more titles than your steelers. It's time to knock you dumb steeler fans off your high horse

I think they are the best franchise in all of football, and I can easily back it up. They don't change coaches every other year. They keep their players and develop them. I have heard many players and coaches they are the best run franchise in all of football. And almost any football player would love to play for the Steelers because it is an honor.

They were probably better in 79

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121976 Oakland Raiders

This team was unstoppable going 13-1 and winning the Super Bowl. Ken Stabler at QB, Fred Biletnikoff and Cliff Branch at WR, great secondary and defense overall, and last but not least coached by THE John Madden. - raiderfan372

The Raiders only lost 1 game that year -the Patriots came back and beat them in the playoffs beat the steelers also killed Minnesota in the super bowl for a single season and the talent level at that time the Raiders are the best of all time

These guys were the 1979 steelers... But better. They are the raiders. Everybody hates them, they're dirty, rotten, green toothed killing machines, but they knew how to play. These guys dominated the super bowl and had an almost perfect season. They deserve to be on the top 10 spot.

Whoever came up with is genies

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132013 Seattle Seahawks

I don't know how offense would do against a good defense (as there really aren't any legendary in nfl, a side from the hawks) but they are by far the best defense of all time, NFL'S level of skilled offense has gone was up tremendously since the 50s-90s, hawks are gonna dominate against broncos in Super Bowl 2013-2014

The Seattle sea-hawks not only won the supper bowl this year but they dominated the Denver Broncos winning by 35 points. they showed strength at all positions. They had "the best corner in the game" according to 2013 Seattle sea-hawks corner Richard Sherman. they also had a dominating running game thanks to their offensive line and Marshon Lynch. they also had a very strong running quarter back in Russel Wilson. But this team wasn't just dominating on the field they dominated off the field too. They did this through many helping acts in Seattle.

From the standpoint of playing the pure unadulterated JOY of football, these birds got it in spades. Lynch triggered an earthquake with his legendary 67 yard run - a class act reminiscent of Shakespearean sonnets and Billie Holiday's smoky voice. How do you dissect HEART? Cold stats and figures pale to outrageous ENERGY. And I mean, outrageous. Where else are you gonna find a cornerback with the audacity of Sherman to shake those hips with the cheerleaders and volley a football, yes, for all you squares out there - a football can be vollied... and what is Tate doing out there, gleefully waving a football in Tavon's face as he gallops 80 some yards. These Seahawks are young, hungry, wild, brilliant and dedicated - working together as one and entertaining as all get out. Russell Wilson has a great arm but more than that, he is capable of pulling out miracles. There are no seatbelts. Only sky.

Ya sure there it THE best of all but they have the smarts to be top ten

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141991 Washington Redskins

14-2 Regular season with a dominating Superbowl win over the Bills.

Best offensive line of all time. (Only 9 sacks all season.. ) (Though the Raider's early seventies line must not be ignored, they were amazing. Debate between whose was better continues to this day. )

Darrell Green and Charles Mann ran the second best defense in the league that year.

Joe Gibbs, One of the greatest coaches and game planners ever. (Common knowledge as he is almost always listed in the top 5 best head coaches ever. )

4 Hall of Famers were on this team: Monk, Green, Grimm, Gibbs. They were the backbone to a very talented team.

#1 offense #2 Defense for that year. This team dominated all opposition.

Definitely one of the all time greatest teams.
HAIL!

Not only did they after 15 games prior to taking out starters allow only 6 sacks(! )they led the league in scoring, barely missed leading in points allowed, but they also nearly finished 15-1 and had several shut outs by wide margins at home to start the season 11-0. Kicker outscored an entire team by himself, special teams, turnover differential, running game and receiver corps were stellar. SB score was deceptive, it was not even close. This Redskin team is easily one of the best in NFL history...

Defense led the league with 50 sacks while the offense gave up 9, yes 9, for the whole season. #1 defense in the NFL that year and #2 offense. More than doubled up the points scored against them. Their only 2 losses were by a total of 5 points, which includes the last game of the regular season when they rested many starters. This was done against arguably the toughest schedule any superbowl champion ever faced. Massively underrated team, maybe the best ever.

Best team ever

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151994 San Francisco 49ers

Wow, the 2007 Oakland Raiders are ahead of the 1994 San Francisco 49ers. Why are the 2007 New England Patriots number two? They didn't win the Super Bowl so they can't be one of the greatest teams ever. The greatest teams finish the deal and they couldn't. Why are the 1984 San Francisco 49ers so low as well? I have three 49er teams in my top ten, yet I only see the 1989 squad. - SgtPeppersz196715

best talent ever put together since the 74 steelers draft.deon sanders,ricky jackson,richard dent,ken norton.this team was no.1 defense and offense

Um best team ever assembled... you people are insane. PLEASE RECONSIDER!

They are so good they show up 3 times

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162000 Baltimore Ravens

With the defense this team had, it could have beaten ANY of the teams listed above. You can't run on them, and their secondary will create turnovers like crazy. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would have gone home and cried in the fetal position after playing these guys.

Oh come on... these guys showed the NFL that you just need to have a good defense to win the Super Bowl. They worked so hard for it and they did not need anything but a defense! - Baltimore1993

This has to be the best defense ever I believe that the offense didn't score a touchdown in 3 games

I hate the ravens they are not number 16 for crying out loud lol

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172007 New Orleans Saints

This is a team with no big names but big hearts. They should be up there with all the past greats even if they lost.

Yeah that what should be first, You should put 2009 new orleans saints

Saints are so amazing, I mean they have DREW BREEZE how amazing is that? Also They have great courage and try hard every year no matter what they are up against, and don't cheat (cough) (cough) (Patriots).

I was really young, did they make the playoffs

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181994 Philadelphia Eagles

I loves the Eagles when I was a baby. It's because my father scream at Eagles when they playing against the Giants. And He uses play semi-football. Eagles rock put the Giants, Redskin and Cowboys out of this World. Eagles all way to the Super Bowl.

I loved the eagles my whole life they are the best team ever one team I do not like is the dallas cowboy. The eagle should be higher then them number 1

There my team this should be 5th place because there not best but, I like them anyway

The Philadelphia eagles have been the best team from the start if you ask me

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192007 New York Giants

They were the underdogs. 18 and 1 Giant loss!

Sure, they didn't have the best record. But they beat a team people consider to be one of the best teams in history. And cut the crap about getting lucky.

GO GIANTS!

I have been a Giants fan since I was born go Giants let's win the superbowl again with Eli manning! My favorite player ever on the Giants is Lawrence Taylor!

Of course they won. They had Eli Manning

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202003 New England Patriots

I just think that the Patriots remind me of a girl I know in school. She's always walking down the hall thinking she's the best so she can push us around, and shove the people. Please the Patriots may be a good team, but any team that brags, thinks they're the best, and can shove other teams around like they're the boss of all the teams, oh ho... Are they in for it!

Only 2 teams with a perfect, undefeated score. And yes the Patriots is one of them! We will make it to the Superbowl 50! Lets go!

ball hawking secondary, underrated team.

Greatest team of all time. This should be up on the top 10

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