There have been a lot of great NFL teams over the years, but which one is the best? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 greatest NFL teams of all time to help you decide. From the dominant Cowboys of the 1990s to the powerhouse Patriots of today, these are the squads that set the standard for all others. Did your favorite team make our list? Read on to find out.
1. The 1985 Chicago Bears
Led by one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history, the 1985 Bears went 15-1 en route to a Super Bowl XX victories. The team’s 46 points allowed is the fewest by any team in a 16-game season, and they recorded an astounding 27 interceptions.
2. The 1972 Miami Dolphins
The only team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated, the 1972 Dolphins went 14-0 in the regular season and then won all three of their playoff games, capped off by a 24-7 Super Bowl VII win over the Washington Redskins.
3. The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers won their second Super Bowl in a row with a dominant performance in Super Bowl XIII, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 35-31. Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” defense was once again the key to their success, as they allowed just 14 points per game during the regular season.
4. The 1989 San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers won their second Super Bowl of the decade with a resounding 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. San Francisco’s offense was nearly unstoppable, led by future Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
5. The 1999 St. Louis Rams
The Rams put together one of the most explosive offenses in NFL history, nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Turf.” They scored a then-record 503 points en route to a 13-3 regular season record and a Super Bowl XXXIV victory over the Tennessee Titans.
6. The 2007 New England Patriots
The Patriots went undefeated in the regular season, becoming just the fourth team in NFL history to do so. They then capped off their historic campaign with a thrilling 24-21 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
7. The 1976 Oakland Raiders
Led by Hall of Fame head coach John Madden, the 1976 Raiders won Super Bowl XI with a 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Oakland’s defense was one of the best in the league, allowing just 13 points per game.
8. The 1980 Oakland Raiders
The Raiders won their second Super Bowl in five years with a 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV. Once again, it was their defense that led the way, as they allowed just 19 points per game during the regular season.
9. The 1992 Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys won their second Super Bowl of the decade with a dominant 52-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII. Dallas’s “Triplets” offense of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin was nearly unstoppable, as they led the team to an NFL-best 13-3 record.
10. The 1991 Washington Redskins
The Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI with a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Led by head coach Joe Gibbs, Washington’s “Hogs” offensive line was one of the best in NFL history, helping the team to an NFC-best 14-2 record.
The list of top ten NFL teams is subjective, and there are many great teams that could have easily been included. What would your list look like? Let us know in the comments