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All-time best NFL team-preliminary

Posted on: June 23, 2008 3:18 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2008 7:55 pm

Who is the best NFL team ever? The undefeated '72 Dolphins? The '85 Bears? The '66 Packers? Or another team? For the preliminary round, nominate a team or teams that you think belong in the field of 16 teams, and why you think that team or teams belong in the tournament.

The rules are:

The team had to have played in the NFL, i.e after the merger in 1966, so unfortunantly, th Canton Bulldogs can't be included in this tournament.

The team has to have one the superbowl in that year, meaning that the 1999-00 Vikings, the 07-08 Patriots, etc. cannot be included in this tournament.

Also, only one team from each organization can enter the tournament, so, for example, the 97 and 98 Broncos cant both be in the tournament. Other than that, have fun, and get nominating!


Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2009 12:23 am

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

I believe the 98 Broncos were the most dominating however the 97 Broncos because of the Adversity.
To clobber a very good Jacksonville team 42-17, then on the road and beat a very good KC team and a Previous Pittsburgh superbowl team on the road.
Then to beat a dominating Greenbay packer team in the Superbowl which had slaughtered a recent Dallas Superbowl team in Reg Season 45-17 and a recent San Francisco 49er Superbowl team in the NFC Championship game 23-10.
Not many teams could have done this to get to the Superbowl and then win like this.

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2008 11:17 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

If they lost the superbowl to a wild card team, and they're the best,  then the other teams must have really sucked!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:29 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

The 97' Broncos. They won the superbowl after being the wild card, that means they won each game on the road. Not to mention they beat a certain quarterback who, oh I don't know, might be in the hall of fame. And then in the superbowl there was a certain play that might even be the best in broncos history by the name of the helicopter. Also that was Dan Reeves last game as the Broncos head coach. Then the Packers were the best team in the NFC so they were highly favored as you can imagine. I could go on but that's just a few. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2008 10:29 am

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

By your response, this will be my last post.  Yes the Giants won, but upsets happen.  Why aren't the Giants even considered the best NFC East team if they are clearly better?

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 12:21 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

The Gipper you rule Dude. Yes!!

98 Broncos. Defending Champs. Won first 13 games that year. Terrell Davis has 2,000 yds. Held Miami and NY Jets without a real TD in the playoffs (Jets scored a td after a blocked punt). Our Offense was dominating. Beat teams during the reg seasion by a 31.3 to 19.9. Totally dominated the Falcons in the SB (yes we would have killed the Vikings that year also). Set a record that year for the most wins in 3 consecutive years. Offense had sure fire Hall of Famers in Elway, Sharpe and HOF possibles in Tom Nalen, Terrell Davis, Rod Smith, Bill Romanowski, Steve Atwater.

The 98 Broncos were the first repeat champions during the new  unrestricted free agency/salary cap rules, everybody thought the Cowboys were going to be the last repeat winners but the Broncos put together a great team of free agents and cast offs.

If I wasnt a Bronco fan I would pick the 89 Niners.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2008 9:24 am

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

Following the Giants Super Bowl victory this year, conducted a test.  They would take each of the 42 champions and pit them against every other champion 100 times.  The top five teams?

#5 - Terry Bradshaw's 1979 Steelers.  They won 66.6% of the simulations, anchored by their Pro Bowl roster-  Bradshaw, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Jack Ham, Mel Blount, Jack Lambert, Donnie Shell, Mike Webster, L.C. Greenwood, and Joe Greene.
#4 - The 1991 Washington Redskins led by Mark Rypien.  They had the most efficient passing offense of any team to win the championship and gave up the fewest sacks of any winners.  They won 66.8%
#3 - 1989 49ers.  Not necessarily Joe Montana's best year, but the West Coast offense still managed to get it done under head coach George Seifert.  Oh, and the defense had 22 takeaways than the offense gave up.  They won 68.2%
#2 - In a strange twist, the 1985 Bears.  A very popular pick as the best team ever (in addition to the '72 Dolphins, who were tenth, by the way, the '84 49ers, and even this past year's Pats), the Bears won an astonishing 74.9% of their games.  Anchored behind arguably the best defense in history (although I believe that was 15 years later by Ray Lewis) and with veteran running back Walter Payton, it's easy to see why the Bears crushed opponents.  They would have possibly been #1 if their passing game was better, with teams like the 2000 Ravens, 1971 Cowboys, and 2003 Patriots picking off Jim McMahon a lot.

So, who is number one?

Was it one of Brady's Patriots?  Either Broncos squad led by Hall of Famer John Elway?  Did Steve Young take the 49ers to the top, when Montana couldn't get it done?  Maybe one of the Cowboys, under either Staubach or Aikman and Company?  How about Madden's Raiders, or the amazing defenses of the Ravens or Bucs? 

No.  It's a team most everyone overlooks when making their best team ever list, and when you read their statistics, you should probably ALWAYS throw their name out first.

The 1999 St. Louis Rams, with 77.1% of their games.

Undrafted quarterback, turned league MVP, Kurt Warner took the league by storm for throwing for a mind boggling 41 touchdowns, becoming the first player in 15 years (and the first player NOT named Dan Marino) to break the 40 barrier.  This was while only throwing 9 picks.  Marshall Faulk would win his first of three consecutive Offensive Player of the Year awards - by earning 2,000 yards for scrimmage for the second year in a row with a record setting 2,429 yards and a very respectable 12 touchdowns.  Veteran Isaac Bruce had nearly 1,200 yards with 12 scores while rookie Torry Holt caught six.  The third-string receiver Hakim caught 8 touchdowns and returned a punt for a ninth, and the kick returner had 900 yards with 2 scores (and a league leading average of 29.7 yards a return).

On the offensive line, Orlando Pace and Adam Timmerman made the pro bowl.  The offense led the league in yards (6,639) and scoring (526).

Not to be one sided, the defense held opponents to a TOTAL of FOUR rushing touchdowns while only giving up 1,189 rushing yards.  For the record, the Super Bowl winners the following year only gave up 219 fewer - and THEY had the best defense ever.  The Rams defense only allowed 242 points, and only 5,065 yards (it seems like a lot, but that was the fourth best that year).   Both defensive ends - Kevin Carter and Grant Winstrom - would make the Pro Bowl after combining for 25.5 sacks and 2 picks, both being returned for six points.  Linebacker Mike Jones had six takeaways with three defensive touchdowns.  The unit combined for 29 interceptions and seven defensive touchdowns.

Yep, it's true.  The 1999 Rams are THE best team to ever win the Super Bowl.  Deal with it, kiddies.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 2:09 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

2003 patriots were awesome 15 straight wins to close out the season after a 2-2 start

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 12:25 am

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

As much as love the Pats, the '07 Petriots were clearly not as good as the '07 Giants.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 10:48 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

I don't agree with your rules.  The 2007 Patriots are the best NFL team ever and better than any of the Super Bowl winning teams. 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 4:52 pm

All-time best NFL team-preliminary

97'-99' Denver Broncos. two super bowls, League MVP, Future HOF QB, TE, WR (maybe), 13 straight wins in 98'-99'. major underdogs in the first super bowl against the Packers. had a great offense and defense. and the team was made up of qite a few low round picks (or undrafted) and cast aways from other teams. and they are vastly underrated when people talk about great super bowl teams.

another would be the Steelers of the 70's. 4 super bowls, 10 or more HOFers came from that team (dont remember exactly)

my two cents.

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