The NFL is filled with great teams, but which ones are the best? The answer, of course, is subjective. But we all have our own ideas about what makes a team great. Do they win championships? Do they have Hall of Fame players? How do they handle adversity? Are there just too many injuries on one team that could lead to it being ranked lower than other squads despite them playing well throughout the season?
And how do you weigh regular season success against playoff wins against Super Bowl wins (or lack thereof)? For some reason, these questions don’t get asked often enough to make a definitive statement about what makes a team genuinely legendary in league history. In any case, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the greatest NFL teams in football history – watch out for these teams’ next matches next time you’re enjoying a spot of online sports betting.
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1. The Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are a National Football League team that plays in the NFC North Division. They won the first-ever Super Bowl and have had some of the greatest players in NFL history on their roster, including Vince Lombardi. Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun started the franchise in 1919 as an independent pro football team. The Packers have made 35 playoff appearances and have won over a dozen league championships.
2. The Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are arguably the most accomplished team in NFL history. On their way to winning back-to-back Super Bowls, they were also the first team to win a Super Bowl with a perfect season (1972) – two quite impressive feats.
The team is known for its impressive defense and has, in fact, earned two nicknames thanks to this. In the 1970s, the Miami Dolphins’ defense was known as the No-Name Defense, and in the 1980s, the name was changed to the Killer Bees Defense.
The Dolphins have won the Division Championships 13 times, and have over 20 Playoff appearances to their name, although they haven’t claimed the title again since those back-to-back victories in the 1970s.
3. The Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are another of the greatest teams in NFL history, partly thanks to their two undefeated regular seasons in 1934 and 1942.
The other reason the team is so legendary is that they have the most Hall of Fame members and also the most retired jersey numbers of any NFL teams.
The Chicago Bears won the NFL championship in 1985, beating the New England Patriots 46-10 at the Louisiana Superdome.
4. The St. Louis Rams
The Rams were a team that won everything in 1999. They won the Super Bowl, NFC Championship, and NFC West – quite a year for dedicated Rams fans!
The team earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Turf” as a result of its record-breaking offense from 1999-2001. Things have gone downhill slightly since then, with the Rams appearing in a few more playoffs but never quite claiming the title again.
5. The Minnesota Vikings
The team that won the NFL Championship Game in 1969, the Vikings, was coached by Bud Grant. This team’s defense was outstanding, and they had a fantastic win against the Cleveland Browns in the final Championship Game before the NFL and AFL merger. Despite frigid temperatures of just 8°F, which resulted in one player being hospitalized due to frostbite, fans turned out in their thousands to watch the match.
The NFL is a league that loves its history, and for good reason. There are so many great moments from the past that we can cherish today. So let’s take a minute to appreciate these teams who made their mark on the sport, some long before we were even born. All of these teams were dominant in their time and still dominate the record books.
The teams we have discussed above are all still remembered as great teams, talked about today, and admired by many people around the world. They are considered by many to be some of the greatest ever assembled in football history, if not THE greatest!