Apr 142012

Below is a listing of every NFL team and the NFL team they are the closest to; the team’s geographic rival at least in terms of distance from each other.

A List of Every NFL Team and the NFL Team They Are the Closest To

Note: The distance between NFL teams was calculated from where their stadiums are located. The distance between teams was found using an Excel formula developed by BlueMM, which finds the distance between two locations using great-circle distance. Stadium coordinates were retrieved from GeoHack.

Game scores and all-time series records were retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference’s box score finder. Keep in mind that the series records go back to when the teams weren’t “geographic rivals”.

The number in the first column represents a mutual “geographic rivalry”. An example of a mutual geographic rivalry: the Arizona Cardinals are the closest NFL team to the San Diego Chargers, and in return the San Diego Chargers are the closest NFL team to the Arizona Cardinals.

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

-TeamClosest ToMilesWLTW PctLast GameStreak
1Arizona CardinalsSan Diego Chargers2863900.252010: L 10-413 L
2Atlanta FalconsTennessee Titans2146700.4622011: W 23-171 W
3Baltimore RavensWashington Redskins293100.752008: W 24-102 W
Buffalo BillsPittsburgh Steelers17391400.3912010: L 16-194 L
Carolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons226122200.3532011: L 23-314 L
Chicago BearsIndianapolis Colts164182300.4392008: W 29-131 W
4Cincinnati BengalsIndianapolis Colts9991700.3462011: W 27-171 W
5Cleveland BrownsDetroit Lions9051700.2272009: L 37-382 L
6Dallas CowboysHouston Texans2342100.6672010: W 27-132 W
Denver BroncosKansas City Chiefs564485600.4622011: L 3-71 L
5Detroit LionsCleveland Browns9017500.7732009: W 38-372 W
Green Bay PackersChicago Bears184869260.4842011: W 35-214 W
6Houston TexansDallas Cowboys2341200.3332010: L 13-272 L
4Indianapolis ColtsCincinnati Bengals9917900.6542011: L 17-271 L
7Jacksonville JaguarsTampa Bay Buccaneers1704100.82011: W 41-144 W
Kansas City ChiefsSt. Louis Rams2336400.62010: W 27-135 W
Miami DolphinsTampa Bay Buccaneers1975400.5562009: W 25-231 W
Minnesota VikingsGreen Bay Packers257485310.4752011: L 7-454 L
New England PatriotsNew York Giants1705600.4552011: L 17-213 L
New England PatriotsNew York Jets170535210.5052011: W 37-162 W
New Orleans SaintsHouston Texans3202100.6672011: W 40-331 W
8New York GiantsNew York Jets08400.6672011: W 29-145 W
8New York JetsNew York Giants04800.3332011: L 14-295 L
9Oakland RaidersSan Francisco 49ers106600.52010: L 9-173 L
Philadelphia EaglesNew York Giants85758320.4752011: W 17-101 W
Philadelphia EaglesNew York Jets8590012011: W 45-199 W
Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns114645600.5332011: W 13-94 W
1San Diego ChargersArizona Cardinals2869300.752010: L 41-103 W
9San Francisco 49ersOakland Raiders106600.52010: W 17-93 W
Seattle SeahawksOakland Raiders680242900.4532010: L 3-331 L
St. Louis RamsIndianapolis Colts229172320.4292009: L 6-422 L
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersJacksonville Jaguars1701400.22011: L 14-414 L
2Tennessee TitansAtlanta Falcons2147600.5382011: L 17-231 L
3Washington RedskinsBaltimore Ravens291300.252008: L 10-242 L


Additional Info

  • The New York Giants and New York Jets play their homes games at the same stadium, thus there is no distance between them. The non-distance between the teams is the shortest distance between two NFL teams. Followed by the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers (10 miles apart), and the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins (29 miles apart).
  • The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks are 680 miles apart. It’s the longest “shortest” distance between one NFL team to another. Followed by the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs (564 miles apart), and the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans (320 miles apart).
  • The average distance between NFL teams closest to each other is 180 miles.


  • The Green Bay Packers have an 86-92-6 record against the Chicago Bears; the most wins a NFL team has over the team closest to them. Followed by the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Giants (75-82-2), and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cleveland Browns (64-56).
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are 9-0 against the New York Jets; the most wins and best win percentage a NFL team has over the team closest to them. Followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1, .800 W Pct), and the Detroit Lions against the Cleveland Browns (17-5, .773 W Pct).


  • The Indianapolis Colts are the closest NFL team to three teams (Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, & St. Louis Rams). It’s tied for the most in the NFL with the New York Giants (New England Patriots, New York Jets, & Philadelphia Eagles), and the New York Jets (New England Patriots, New York Giants, & Philadelphia Eagles).
  • There are nine NFL teams that are not the closest team to any NFL team.
Buffalo Bills New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints
Denver Broncos Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins Seattle Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings


  • Three of the last six Super Bowl matchups have involved a team playing the closest team to them. In Super Bowl 42 and Super Bowl 46, the New England Patriots played and lost to the team closest to them, the New York Giants. In Super Bowl 41, the Chicago Bears played and lost to the team closet to them, the Indianapolis Colts.

  One Response to “List of Every NFL Team and the NFL Team They Are the Closest To”

  1. find a one for the Carolina panthers and then a second on to it.

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