Jun 022013
 

If you were to determine NFL success solely on winning seasons, the Dallas Cowboys would be the most successful franchise in NFL history. The Cowboys have had 33 winning seasons; or you could say 62.3% of their seasons have been winning ones. No other franchise can claim a higher percentage of winning seasons than the Cowboys.

Check out the table below for a complete tally of winning and losing seasons by franchise in the NFL.

A Tally of Winning and Losing Seasons in the NFL

Note: The tallies only include regular season records. Includes AAFC and AFL seasons.

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Legend:

Winning: The number of winning seasons the franchise has recorded.

%: Depending on the column it follows, it’s the percentage of the franchise’s seasons that were winning, losing, or even finishes (.500 W Pct.).

Losing: The number of losing seasons the franchise has recorded.

.500: The number of even finishes (.500 W Pct.) the franchise has recorded.

Seasons: The total number of seasons played by the franchise.

Avg W Pct: The average winning percentage the franchise has recorded in each season.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header. You can search for a specific franchise/division using the search box to the right.

FranchiseDivision|Winning%|Losing%|0.5%|SeasonsAvg W Pct
Arizona CardinalsNFC West|2729.03%|5862.37%|88.60%|93 seasons0.414
Atlanta FalconsNFC South|1531.91%|2961.70%|36.38%|47 seasons0.436
Baltimore RavensAFC North|1058.82%|635.29%|15.88%|17 seasons0.553
Buffalo BillsAFC East|2139.62%|2954.72%|35.66%|53 seasons0.464
Carolina PanthersNFC South|422.22%|1161.11%|316.67%|18 seasons0.459
Chicago BearsNFC North|5761.29%|3234.41%|44.30%|93 seasons0.584
Cincinnati BengalsAFC North|1533.33%|2351.11%|715.56%|45 seasons0.448
Cleveland BrownsAFC North|3757.81%|2437.50%|34.69%|64 seasons0.553
Dallas CowboysNFC East|3362.26%|1630.19%|47.55%|53 seasons0.573
Denver BroncosAFC West|2547.17%|1935.85%|916.98%|53 seasons0.519
Detroit LionsNFC North|3440.96%|4351.81%|67.23%|83 seasons0.464
Green Bay PackersNFC North|5761.96%|2729.35%|88.70%|92 seasons0.566
Houston TexansAFC South|327.27%|654.55%|218.18%|11 seasons0.438
Indianapolis ColtsAFC South|3355.00%|2338.33%|46.67%|60 seasons0.527
Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South|738.89%|950.00%|211.11%|18 seasons0.486
Kansas City ChiefsAFC West|2750.94%|2241.51%|47.55%|53 seasons0.510
Miami DolphinsAFC East|2961.70%|1327.66%|510.64%|47 seasons0.571
Minnesota VikingsNFC North|3057.69%|1528.85%|713.46%|52 seasons0.547
New England PatriotsAFC East|3260.38%|1833.96%|35.66%|53 seasons0.532
New Orleans SaintsNFC South|1123.91%|2860.87%|715.22%|46 seasons0.433
New York GiantsNFC East|5056.82%|2932.95%|910.23%|88 seasons0.551
New York JetsAFC East|1833.96%|2445.28%|1120.75%|53 seasons0.460
Oakland RaidersAFC West|2852.83%|1833.96%|713.21%|53 seasons0.549
Philadelphia EaglesNFC East|3442.50%|4151.25%|56.25%|80 seasons0.475
Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North|3948.75%|3341.25%|810.00%|80 seasons0.505
San Diego ChargersAFC West|2445.28%|2139.62%|815.09%|53 seasons0.505
San Francisco 49ersNFC West|3958.21%|2435.82%|45.97%|67 seasons0.551
Seattle SeahawksNFC West|1643.24%|1745.95%|410.81%|37 seasons0.481
St. Louis RamsNFC West|3546.67%|3546.67%|56.67%|75 seasons0.504
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South|1232.43%|2464.86%|12.70%|37 seasons0.395
Tennessee TitansAFC South|2343.40%|2241.51%|815.09%|53 seasons0.486
Washington RedskinsNFC East|3846.91%|3239.51%|1113.58%|81 seasons0.517

 

 

The Dallas Cowboys had a string of 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966 to 1985 – the most ever in NFL history.

Winning and Losing Season Streaks in the NFL

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Legend:

Greatest W Season Streak: The franchise’s greatest streak of winning seasons.

Greatest L Season Streak: The franchise’s greatest streak of losing seasons.

Latest: The most recent time that the franchise had their greatest streak of winning/losing seasons.

FranchiseDivision|Greatest
W Season Streak
HappenedLatest|Greatest
L Season Streak
HappenedLatest
Arizona CardinalsNFC West|4 seasons2 times1946-1949|9 seasons1 time1985-1993
Atlanta FalconsNFC South|5 seasons1 time2008-2012|8 seasons1 time1983-1990
Baltimore RavensAFC North|5 seasons1 time2008-2012|3 seasons1 time1996-1998
Buffalo BillsAFC East|6 seasons1 time1988-1993|8 seasons1 time2005-2012
Carolina PanthersNFC South|0 seasons--|3 seasons2 times2010-2012
Chicago BearsNFC North|15 seasons1 time1930-1944|7 seasons1 time1969-1975
Cincinnati BengalsAFC North|3 seasons1 time1975-1977|6 seasons1 time1997-2002
Cleveland BrownsAFC North|13 seasons1 time1957-1969|5 seasons1 time2008-2012
Dallas CowboysNFC East|20 seasons1 time1966-1985|5 seasons2 times1986-1990
Denver BroncosAFC West|5 seasons2 times2002-2006|10 seasons1 time1963-1972
Detroit LionsNFC North|9 seasons1 time1931-1939|10 seasons1 time2001-2010
Green Bay PackersNFC North|14 seasons1 time1934-1947|5 seasons1 time1973-1977
Houston TexansAFC South|2 seasons1 time2011-2012|5 seasons1 time2002-2006
Indianapolis ColtsAFC South|9 seasons2 times2002-2010|9 seasons1 time1978-1986
Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South|4 seasons1 time1996-1999|4 seasons1 time2000-2003
Kansas City ChiefsAFC West|9 seasons2 times1989-1997|6 seasons1 time1974-1979
Miami DolphinsAFC East|7 seasons1 time1997-2003|4 seasons2 times2009-2012
Minnesota VikingsNFC North|6 seasons1 time1973-1978|3 seasons1 time1961-1963
New England PatriotsAFC East|12 seasons1 time2001-2012|7 seasons1 time1967-1973
New Orleans SaintsNFC South|3 seasons2 times2009-2011|12 seasons1 time1967-1978
New York GiantsNFC East|10 seasons1 time1954-1963|8 seasons1 time1973-1980
New York JetsAFC East|3 seasons3 times2008-2010|4 seasons1 time1962-1965
Oakland RaidersAFC West|16 seasons1 time1965-1980|7 seasons1 time2003-2009
Philadelphia EaglesNFC East|7 seasons1 time1943-1949|10 seasons1 time1933-1942
Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North|9 seasons1 time1972-1980|8 seasons1 time1964-1971
San Diego ChargersAFC West|7 seasons1 time1963-1969|7 seasons1 time1970-1976
San Francisco 49ersNFC West|16 seasons1 time1983-1998|6 seasons1 time2003-2008
Seattle SeahawksNFC West|5 seasons1 time2003-2007|4 seasons2 times2008-2011
St. Louis RamsNFC West|8 seasons2 times1973-1980|9 seasons1 time1990-1998
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South|4 seasons1 time1999-2002|14 seasons1 time1983-1996
Tennessee TitansAFC South|7 seasons1 time1987-1993|6 seasons1 time1981-1986
Washington RedskinsNFC East|10 seasons1 time1936-1945|9 seasons1 time1957-1965

 

 

Check out the table below for a complete tally of winning and losing seasons by defunct franchises.

A Tally of Winning and Losing Seasons by Defunct Franchises

Franchise|Winning%|Losing%|0.500%|SeasonsAvg W Pct
Akron Pros/Indians|342.9%|457.1%|00.0%|7 seasons0.472
Baltimore Colts I (AAFC/NFL)|00.0%|375.0%|125.0%|4 seasons0.211
Boston Yanks|00.0%|5100.0%|00.0%|5 seasons0.280
Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC)|00.0%|3100.0%|00.0%|3 seasons0.214
Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers|425.0%|1168.8%|16.3%|16 seasons0.381
Brooklyn Lions|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.273
Buffalo AA/Bisons/Rangers|555.6%|333.3%|111.1%|9 seasons0.469
Buffalo Bisons/Bills (AAFC)|125.0%|125.0%|250.0%|4 seasons0.473
Canton Bulldogs|466.7%|116.7%|116.7%|6 seasons0.639
Chicago Rockets/Hornets (AAFC)|00.0%|4100.0%|00.0%|4 seasons0.235
Chicago Tigers|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.313
Cincinnati Celts|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.250
Cincinnati Reds|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.175
Cleveland Indians|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.200
Cleveland Indians/Bulldogs|375.0%|125.0%|00.0%|4 seasons0.631
Cleveland Tigers/Indians|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.375
Columbus Panhandles/Tigers|114.3%|571.4%|114.3%|7 seasons0.229
Dallas Texans|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.083
Dayton Triangles|220.0%|770.0%|110.0%|10 seasons0.267
Detroit Heralds|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.438
Detroit Panthers|150.0%|150.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.584
Detroit Tigers|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.214
Detroit Wolverines|1100.0%|00.0%|00.0%|1 season0.750
Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos|360.0%|240.0%|00.0%|5 seasons0.410
Evansville Crimson Giants|150.0%|150.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.300
Frankford Yellow Jackets|562.5%|337.5%|00.0%|8 seasons0.575
Hammond Pros|00.0%|685.7%|114.3%|7 seasons0.226
Hartford Blues|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.300
Kansas City Blues/Cowboys|133.3%|266.7%|00.0%|3 seasons0.421
Kenosha Maroons|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.100
Los Angeles Buccaneers|1100.0%|00.0%|00.0%|1 season0.650
Los Angeles Dons (AAFC)|125.0%|125.0%|250.0%|4 seasons0.476
Louisville Brecks/Colonels|00.0%|4100.0%|00.0%|4 seasons0.063
Miami Seahawks (AAFC)|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.214
Milwaukee Badgers|120.0%|480.0%|00.0%|5 seasons0.341
Minneapolis Marines/Red Jackets|00.0%|6100.0%|00.0%|6 seasons0.183
Muncie Flyers|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.000
New York Brickley Giants|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.000
New York Bulldogs/Yanks|133.3%|266.7%|00.0%|3 seasons0.292
New York Yankees (AAFC)|375.0%|125.0%|00.0%|4 seasons0.667
New York Yankees I|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.408
Oorang Indians|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.212
Orange/Newark Tornadoes|00.0%|2100.0%|00.0%|2 seasons0.290
Pottsville Maroons/Boston Bulldogs|240.0%|240.0%|120.0%|5 seasons0.541
Providence Steam Roller|457.1%|228.6%|114.3%|7 seasons0.557
Racine Legion/Tornadoes|250.0%|125.0%|125.0%|4 seasons0.460
Rochester Jeffersons|116.7%|583.3%|00.0%|6 seasons0.201
Rock Island Independents|583.3%|116.7%|00.0%|6 seasons0.614
St. Louis All-Stars|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.286
St. Louis Gunners|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.333
Staten Island Stapletons|00.0%|375.0%|125.0%|4 seasons0.413
Toledo Maroons|150.0%|00.0%|150.0%|2 seasons0.584
Tonawanda Kardex|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.000
Washington Senators|00.0%|1100.0%|00.0%|1 season0.333

 

 

Additional Info

Current Steaks

  • The New England Patriots have the longest active streak of winning seasons; 12 consecutive winning seasons from 2001 to 2012. Followed by the five consecutive winning seasons registered by both the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens.
  • The Buffalo Bills have the longest active streak of losing seasons: eight consecutive losing seasons from 2005-2012. Followed by the St. Louis Rams with six consecutive losing seasons, and the Cleveland Browns (five straight losing seasons).

 

Consecutive .500 Seasons

  • The most consecutive .500 seasons a franchise has completed is three. It has happened three times.
Franchise Consecutive .500 Seasons
Boston Braves/Redskins 1932-1934
Green Bay Packers 1983-1985
Houston/Tennessee Oilers 1996-1998

 

Impressive Periods of Winning

  • From 1920 to 1951 (32 seasons), the Chicago Bears franchise only had two losing seasons (1929 and 1945),
  • From 1946 to 1973 (28 seasons), the Cleveland Browns only had two losing seasons (1956 and 1970).
  • From 1921 to 1947 (27 seasons), the Green Bay Packers only had one losing season (1933).

 

Surprising Periods of Mediocrity

  • From 1985 to 2007 (23 seasons), the Arizona Cardinals franchise only had one winning season (1998).
  • From 1991 to 2008 (18 seasons), the Cincinnati Bengals only had one winning season (2005).
  • From 1967-1986 (20 seasons), the New Orleans Saints never had a winning seasons. They finished at .500 in 1979 and 1983.

 

A Few More Facts

  • The Atlanta Falcons never had back-to-back winning seasons until Mike Smith became their head coach. Since they hired Smith, the Falcons have completed five straight winning seasons.
  • The last time the Denver Broncos had back-to-back losing seasons was 1971-1972. It’s the longest a team has ever gone without posting back-to-back losing seasons.
  • The Miami Dolphins are the only expansion franchise since 1966, to have had winning seasons in more than 50% of their years.

 

Franchise records retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference.com.

 

  3 Responses to “A Tally of Winning and Losing Seasons in the NFL”

  1. I am glad the colts are doing good so far. go colts!!! I am a big colts fan.

  2. The commenter on th Colts obviously has no knowledge at all of the Colts history. Otherwise they’d know that they were a hugely successful franchise in Baltimore and one of the absolute worst since moving to Indianapolis. Most of the Colts success and most of the winning seasons were in the 1950’s, ’60’s, and ’70’s in Baltimore.

  3. I wish the Colts history and namesake would’ve been left in Baltimore (i.e. Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens).

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