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NFL Decade Standings: How the league stacks up from 2010-2017

Patriots QB Tom Brady
Patriots QB Tom Brady

With the NFL’s offseason programs coming to a close and the league’s summer break looming, it seems like an apt time to stand back and take in the big-picture view. And not just in terms of the upcoming 2018 season. Believe it or not, there are only two more years remaining in this fast-moving NFL decade, with 80 percent of the results in the books from the 2010-2017 seasons.

Here’s an up-to-date team-by-team ranking of where things stand this decade so far in the NFL, based on regular-season winning percentage. Where there were ties, I went with the team that had greater postseason success. Some quick-hit observations as I absorb the numbers:

* There are 15 teams that have winning records in the first eight seasons of the decade and 17 on the losing side of the ledger. The 17-game gap that separates No. 1 New England and No. 2 Pittsburgh in term of regular-season wins is by far the largest gap between any two consecutive clubs in the rankings. Which means the Patriots could go 0-16 this season while the Steelers go 16-0, and the Men of Belichick would still lead in wins, 102 to 101. Wrap your mind around that.

* The Bucs and the Browns are the only two teams to not make the playoffs this decade. Tampa Bay last went to the postseason in 2007, Cleveland in 2002. Tenneseee, Jacksonville, the Rams and Buffalo all broke their long droughts in 2017, as did Oakland and Miami in 2016.

* Seven different teams have won the decade’s eight Super Bowls, with only New England earning multiple rings. With two seasons remaining, that already matches the number of different Super Bowl winners in the 2000’s and 1990s. There were only five different Super Bowl champs in the 1980s and 1970s. Eleven different teams have made the Super Bowl this decade, out of a possible 16 slots.

* Only four struggling teams have played less than .400 ball this decade, the Titans, Bucs, Jaguars and Browns, and two of those were playoff clubs last season, each winning at least one game in the postseason. But Cleveland is in a league of futility all its own, with a 29-99 record, good for a staggering .227 winning percentage. That’s 3.6 wins per year on average. For comparison sake, the Patriots averaged 12.7 in the same eight-year span.

With 128 games down, and 32 more to go in the NFL decade, here’s how it stacks up:

1. New England: 102-26 Regular-season record (.797)

Decade Summary: A league-best eight consecutive playoff berths and division titles. A 13-6 record in the playoffs, including four Super Bowl trips and two Super Bowl wins, as well as NFL-record seven consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances, and eight years of 12-plus wins. Has gone 11-2 at home in the playoffs, with most recent loss to Baltimore in 2012 AFC title game. Earned the franchise’s fourth and fifth Super Bowl rings, tying the Patriots with the 49ers for second-most, behind Pittsburgh’s six. One head coach this decade, Bill Belichick.

2. Pittsburgh: 85-43 Regular-season record (.664)

Decade Summary: Six playoff berths and a 5-6 record in the postseason, with four division titles, one Super Bowl berth and no losing seasons. Two AFC title game appearances and six seasons of 10-plus wins, but three one-and-done playoff trips, with Steelers twice falling at home, to Baltimore in 2014’s first round and to Jacksonville in last season’s Divisional round. Just one home playoff win since beating the Jets in the 2010 AFC Championship. One head coach this decade, Mike Tomlin.

3. Green Bay: 83-44-1 Regular-season record (.652)

Decade Summary: Seven playoff berths and a 9-6 record in the postseason, both of which rank second in the league behind New England this decade (the Packers are tied with Seattle for second-most playoff wins). Qualified for three NFC Championship Games, and one Super Bowl, beating Pittsburgh 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season. Twice lost overtime road playoff games, at Seattle in 2014 NFC title game, and at Arizona in 2015 NFC Divisional round. Last year’s 7-9 mark was only non-winning, non-playoff season. One head coach this decade, Mike McCarthy.

4. Seattle: 79-48-1 Regular-season record (.621)

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and HC Pete Carroll
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and HC Pete Carroll

Decade Summary: Six playoff berths and a 9-5 record in the postseason, tying Green Bay for the second-most playoff victories behind New England. Won at least one postseason game in each of their six times qualifying for the playoffs, including five years in a row from 2012-2016. Made back-to-back Super Bowl trips, blowing out Denver after 2013 season for the franchise’s first NFL title, but losing in gut-wrenching style to New England after the 2014 season. Posted five consecutive 10-plus win seasons from 2012-2016, and endured just two losing seasons (7-9 in 2010-2011). Has gone 6-0 at home in the playoffs. One head coach this decade, Pete Carroll.

5. Denver: 76-52 Regular-season record (.594)

Decade Summary: Five playoff berths and a 6-4 record in the postseason, with Super Bowl berths in 2013 and 2015. Routed by Seattle after the 2013 season, but won a Super Bowl ring in beating Carolina after the 2015 season. Five of their six playoff wins this decade have come in those two Super Bowl runs, with the other being the Tim Tebow-orchestrated 2010 wild-card round overtime win against visiting Pittsburgh. Had four consecutive seasons of 12-plus wins during Peyton Manning era of 2012-2015, but just one winning season of 9-7 otherwise, that coming in 2016. Losing seasons in both 2010 and 2017. Four head coaches this decade, Josh McDaniels, John Fox, Gary Kubiak and Vance Joseph.

6. Atlanta: 75-53 Regular-season record (.586)

Decade Summary: Five playoff berths and a 4-5 record in the postseason, with two trips to the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth after the 2016 season. After never posting back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history until 2008-09, the Falcons posted five seasons of at least 10 wins, including three in a row from 2010-2012. Won three division titles (2010, 2012 and 2016), with only two losing seasons endured in 2013-2014. Squandered huge leads to lose both the 2016 Super Bowl against New England in Houston and the 2012 NFC title game at home against San Francisco. Two head coaches this decade, Mike Smith and Dan Quinn.

7. Baltimore: 74-54 Regular-season record (.578)

Decade Summary: Four playoff berths and a strong 7-3 record in the postseason, but after making the playoffs for five years in a row from 2008-2012, the Ravens have missed out three consecutive seasons, their longest drought since their first four seasons in Baltimore (1996-99). Two AFC title game appearances, with a Super Bowl win in 2012 season. Their three playoff losses this decade have been at New England twice (in 2011 and 2014) and at Pittsburgh (2010). Has had just one losing season (5-11 in 2015), with four seasons of 10-plus wins and two division titles. Has always played AFC behemoth New England tough in the playoffs. One head coach this decade, John Harbaugh.

8. New Orleans: 74-54 Regular-season record (.578)

Saints QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton
Saints QB Drew Brees and HC Sean Payton

Decade Summary: While they have the same decade winning percentage and four playoff berths as the Ravens have compiled, we’re giving Baltimore the tie-breaker advantage for the No. 7 slot due to New Orleans’ inferior 3-4 record in the playoffs. In each of its past three postseason runs, the Saints have won in the Wild Card round and lost on the road in the Division round. Posted four seasons of 11-plus wins, winning two division titles. Saints have gone 7-9 four times, including three years in a row 2014-16. Their division title last season was their first since 2011. Technically three head coaches this decade, Sean Payton and interim duo of Aaron Kromer and Joe Vitt in 2012, when Payton was suspended by the NFL.

9. Kansas City: 72-56 Regular-season record (.563)

Decade Summary: The Chiefs have put together five playoff seasons and have made the postseason in four of the first five years of the Andy Reid coaching era, winning 53 games in that span. But they’re 1-5 in the playoffs this decade, winning only in a 30-0 rout at Houston after the 2015 season. Has six winning seasons and five of 10 wins or more, with three AFC West titles. Won back-to-back division titles for first time in franchise history in 2016-17. Have gone one-and-done in the playoffs four times, losing three of those games at home and blowing an enormous lead at Indianapolis in the 2013 postseason. Three head coaches this decade, Todd Haley, Romeo Crennel and Andy Reid.

10. Cincinnati: 69-57-2 Regular-season record (.547)

Decade Summary: Made the playoffs five seasons in a row from 2011-2015, losing each time in their playoff opener. Three of those postseason losses were by 16 points or more, and twice they have lost at home in their one-and-done streak, with the franchise not posting a playoff win since the 1990 playoffs — the league’s longest current drought. Four double-digit win seasons and two division titles, with 43 wins in the four-year span of 2012-15. But Bengals also lead the league in ties this decade, with two. Cincinnati’s current two-year streak of losing seasons is it longest since 2007-2008. One head coach this decade, Marvin Lewis.

11. Philadelphia: 69-59 Regular-season record (.539)

Decade Summary: Posted only three playoff trips, but capitalized on last season’s magical run, earning the first Super Bowl win in franchise history and its first league title since 1960. Eagles have four winning seasons, with three division titles, and only three losing seasons. Had one-and-done home playoff losses to Green Bay and New Orleans in 2010 and 2013, respectively, but won all three of its games in the 2017 playoffs. Finished in either first or second in the NFC East in six of the decades eight seasons, but pulled a worst-to-first maneuver in 2016-2017, going from 7-9 to 13-3. Three head coaches this decade, Andy Reid, Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson.

12. Dallas: 68-60 Regular-season record (.531)

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo

Decade Summary: Have made just two playoff trips, the fewest total in any decade in franchise history, which dates to 1960. The Cowboys are 1-2 in the postseason, with two elimination losses to Green Bay in the 2014 and 2016 divisional-round playoffs, and just a lone 2014 wild-card round win at home against Detroit. Have just two losing seasons, but three times they have finished 8-8, and last year’s 9-7 mark was a non-playoff qualifier as well. Had the NFC’s No. 3 seed in 2014 and the No. 1 in 2016, winning just that one playoff game total. Two coaches this decade, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett.

13. Arizona: 67-60-1 Regular-season record (.531)

Decade Summary: Won 34 games over the span of the 2013-2015 seasons, logging double-digit win seasons each time. But only the last two of those earned playoff berths and the Cardinals went 1-2 in the postseason, winning at home in overtime against Green Bay in 2015, but having their season ended twice at Carolina, in 2014’s first round and again in the 2015 NFC title game, in blowout fashion. Posted just three losing seasons, and in 2015 became the first team other than Seattle or San Francisco to win the NFC West this decade. Two coaches this decade, Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians (but Steve Wilks was hired in January 2018).

14. Carolina: 66-61-1 Regular-season record (.520)

Decade Summary: Have made the playoffs four times, all in the past five seasons, winning three division titles and making the franchise’s second trip to the Super Bowl, in the 2015 playoffs. The Super Bowl 50 loss to Denver ruined Carolina’s magic-carpet ride of a 15-1 season that year, but the Panthers are 3-4 in the postseason, and became the first team to repeat as NFC South champions during that span. After starting the decade 15-33 in the three seasons of 2010-2012, Carolina is 51-28-1 in the past five years. Two coaches this decade, John Fox and Ron Rivera.

15. Indianapolis: 65-63 Regular-season record (.508)

Decade Summary: For a team that has won three division titles, made the playoffs four times, and posted only two losing seasons, the Colts haven’t had much success of late and their record indicates it. Indianapolis is 20-28 since 2015 on, and the promise of those three consecutive 11-5 finishes in Andrew Luck’s first three seasons of 2012-14 has dimmed considerably. The Colts are 3-4 in the playoffs this decade, with one trip to the AFC title game, that producing the epic beatdown by New England in the 2014 playoffs, the game that spawned the Deflate-gate drama. Last-place finishes in 2011 (without Peyton Manning) and 2017 (without Andrew Luck) drag down the Colts’ bottom-line results. Three coaches this decade, Jim Caldwell, Bruce Arians (who filled in for an ailing Chuck Pagano in 2012) and Pagano, with Frank Reich hired in February 2018.

16. San Francisco: 63-64-1 Regular-season record (.496)

49ers LBs Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman
49ers LBs Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman

Decade Summary: In the first three seasons of the eventful four-year Jim Harbaugh coaching tenure (2011-13), the 49ers made the playoffs each season, winning five playoff games and losing twice in narrow NFC title games and once in a three-point Super Bowl loss to Baltimore. San Francisco won 36 games in that three-season span, but is currently working on a four-year streak of non-winning seasons, led in mind-boggling fashion by four different head coaches. Last year’s hopeful 6-10 record was the club’s best since Harbaugh went 8-8 in his final season of 2014. Five coaches this decade, Mike Singletary, Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and Kyle Shanahan.

17. Minnesota: 63-64-1 Regular-season record (.496)

Decade Summary: It’s a mixed bag in Minnesota, with everything from a 3-13 last-place mark in 2011 to the 13-3 No. 2 seed finish of 2017. It totals out to three playoff trips, three last-place years and a couple seasons of 8-8 or 7-9 ball. In coach Mike Zimmer’s four seasons, the Vikings are 1-2 in the playoffs, with that miracle win at home against New Orleans in January, in between a gut-punch loss to visiting Seattle in the 2015 playoffs and the blowout road loss to Philadelphia in last season’s NFC title game. Zimmer is 39-25 so far with the Vikings, with only one losing season. Three coaches this decade, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier and Zimmer.

18. Detroit: 63-65 Regular-season record (.492)

Decade Summary: Compared to the previous decade, when the Lions went an NFL-worst 42-118 (.262) and logged just one winning season and no playoff berths, the 2010’s represent happy days are here again in Detroit. The Lions are still searching for their first postseason win since 1991, but at least Detroit has made the playoffs three times from 2011 on, four times posting nine or more wins. Lions have lost three times in the first round of the playoffs on the road, to the Saints, Cowboys and Seahawks, and now it’s Matt Patricia’s turn to try and get Detroit over the hump. Two coaches this decade, Jim Schwartz, Jim Caldwell and Patricia was hired in February 2018.

19. New York Giants: 61-67 Regular-season record (.477)

Decade Summary: Just two playoff trips, but the Giants at least made the most of the first one in 2011, storming through the playoffs as a 9-7 team to capture the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title. The other postseason appearance came with 2016’s one-and-done, giving New York a 4-1 mark in the playoffs this decade. Four winning seasons, although two of them netted nothing in terms of postseason berths, with a 10-6 mark in 2010 and a 9-7 in 2012. The three-year run of 7-9, 6-10 and 6-10 of 2013-15 ended the long Tom Coughlin coaching era and elevated Ben McAdoo to the top job, with wildly divergent results in his two seasons. Two head coaches this decade, Coughlin and McAdoo, with Pat Shurmur hired in January 2018.

20. Houston: 61-67 Regular-season record (.477)

Texans WR Andre Johnson and DE JJ Watt

Decade Summary: The Texans have racked up five winning seasons and the franchise’s first four playoff berths so far this decade, going 3-4 in the postseason and winning the AFC South four times. Though their playoff runs have ended twice in New England and once in Baltimore, their only one-and-done postseason appearance came in the 2015 playoffs, with a first-round blowout loss at home to Kansas City. Three seasons of double-digit losses drags down Houston's overall regular-season results, with last year’s 4-12 mark, in addition to a 2-14 finish in 2013 and a 6-10 record in 2010. Two coaches this decade, Gary Kubiak and Bill O’Brien.

21. Los Angeles Chargers: 60-68 Regular-season record (.469)

Decade Summary: There has been very little bang for the Bolts’ buck, with just one playoff trip, that being a two-game run as a No. 6-seeded 9-7 wild-card team in 2013. But the Chargers have been a model of consistent mediocrity, four times posted a winning record of 9-7, with marks of 8-8 and 7-9 as well. Only the last-place finishes of 2015 (4-12) and 2016 (5-11) stand out from the pack. Three coaches this decade, Norv Turner, Mike McCoy and Anthony Lynn.

22. Miami: 58-70 Regular-season record (.453)

Decade Summary: Have logged just one winning season and one playoff trip this decade, with 2016 producing a 10-6 one-and-done wild-card trip. Miami had back-to-back 8-8 finishes in 2013-14, but otherwise has been either 7-9 or 6-10 for the rest of the decade. After the Dolphins posted three playoff trips in the 2000s, seven in the ‘90s, five in the ‘80s and seven in the ‘70s, this has been the most glaring drought in franchise annals. Four coaches this decade, Tony Sparano, Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell (12-game interim in 2015) and Adam Gase.

23. New York Jets: 57-71 Regular-season record (.445)

Decade Summary: Made the playoffs just once, in 2010, with a sixth-seeded 11-5 wild-card team that went on to upset both the No. 3 seeded Colts and top-seeded Patriots on the road, before losing at Pittsburgh by five points in the AFC Championship. Those were the days, eh, Rex Ryan? Jets went 10-6 in 2015 but missed the playoffs, and have finished in last place in three of the past four years, with records of either 4-12 or 5-11. Two coaches this decade, Ryan and Todd Bowles.

24. Chicago: 56-72 Regular-season record (.438)

Bears DE Julius Peppers
Bears DE Julius Peppers

Decade Summary: Working on a string of four consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC North, all with records of 6-10 or worse. Put together four consecutive non-losing seasons to start the decade, including a pair of 8-8 marks and a 10-6 record that didn’t qualify Chicago for the 2013 playoffs, much to Lovie Smith’s chagrin. Lone playoff trip came in 2010, when Bears earned the No. 2 seed and won the division at 11-5, but lost in the NFC title game at home to arch-rival Green Bay. Three coaches this decade, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman and John Fox, with Matt Nagy hired in January 2018.

25. Buffalo: 55-73 Regular-season record (.430)

Decade Summary: Just the one playoff trip, that coming last year with a 9-7 one-and-done wild-card qualifier that needed a minor miracle from the Bengals to get in and snap the franchise’s league-worst 17-season playoff drought. But after finishing in last place in the AFC East four years in a row to start the decade, the Bills are actually 33-31 in their past four years, with three non-losing seasons. Four coaches this decade, Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone, Rex Ryan and Sean McDermott.

26. Washington: 52-75-1 Regular-season record (.410)

Decade Summary: Two playoff trips, but both times Washington won the NFC East only to fall at home in their playoff opener in the first round. Have logged three winning records, but have also finished in last place four times in a five-year span (2010-2014), with only 2012’s Robert Griffin III-fueled 10-6 finishing breaking up that dismal streak. Earned third place in the division the past two seasons, finishing 8-7-1 and 7-9. Two coaches this decade, Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden.

27. Oakland: 52-76 Regular-season record (.406)

Decade Summary: Just one playoff trip, a breakthrough 12-4 mark in 2016 that produced a one-and-done wild-card postseason showing. Otherwise the Raiders have finished in either third or fourth place in the AFC West each season, with back-to-back 8-8 finishes in 2010-11 representing their highwater mark. On the bright side, Oakland is 25-23 in its past three seasons. Five coaches this decade, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano (12-game interim stint in 2014) and Jack Del Rio, with Jon Gruden hired in January 2018.

28. Los Angeles Rams: 51-76-1 Regular-season record (.402)

Rams DT Aaron Donald
Rams DT Aaron Donald

Decade Summary: The Rams made the playoffs in 2017, wining the NFC West at 11-5, and snapping the franchise’s 12-year postseason drought. They lost their playoff opener at home to the Falcons, but it was their first winning record of the decade and marked a huge improvement for a team that topped out at seven wins four time in seven seasons. The Rams had finished either third or last in the division in the previous six year. Three coaches this decade, Steve Spagnuolo, Jeff Fisher and Sean McVay.

29. Tennessee: 51-77 Regular-season record (.398)

Decade Summary: Got off their eight-year playoff skid in 2017, going 9-7 and earning an AFC wild-card berth, even winning on the road in Kansas City in the first round before losing at New England in divisional play. Had just two other winning seasons this decade before last year, both producing 9-7 records. Four other seasons featured double-digit losses, with the lowest point being 2015’s 3-13 mark. Four coaches this decade, Jeff Fisher, Mike Munchak, Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey, with Mike Vrabel hired in January 2018.

30. Tampa Bay: 47-81 Regular-season record (.367)

Decade Summary: Six last-place finishes this decade, with no playoff trips and only two winning records, those being a 9-7 mark in 2016 and a surprise 10-6 result in 2010. Between 2011-2014, Tampa Bay went just 17-47, the franchise’s worst four-year stretch since the awful mid-80s. Last year’s regression to 5-11 marked the fifth double-digit loss season in seven years for the Bucs. Four coaches this decade, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter.

31. Jacksonville: 40-88 Regular-season record (.313)

Decade Summary: Last year’s AFC South-best 10-6 finish put the Jaguars back in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, and snapped a six-year steak of double-digit loss seasons. Jacksonville made some noise once it reached the postseason, beating Buffalo at home and Pittsburgh on the road, before seeing its Super Bowl dreams end in the AFC title game in New England. The Jaguars finished between 2-14 and 5-11 six years in a row. Only an 8-8 second-place showing in 2010 bucked that trend. Four coaches this decade, Jack Del Rio, Mike Mularkey, Gus Bradley and Doug Marrone.

32. Cleveland: 29-99 Regular-season record (.227)

Browns T Joe Thomas
Browns T Joe Thomas

Decade Summary: The numbers are historic and mind-blowing. The 0-16 record of 2017. The 1-31 mark of 2016-17. Cleveland has won four of its past 53 games dating to Week 13 of the 2014 season. The Browns have finished in last place in the AFC North for seven years running, with 2014’s 7-9 finish representing their highlight of the 2010’s. Only a 5-11 third-place mark in 2010 doesn’t fit the pattern. Five coaches this decade, Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Hue Jackson.

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