Ranking the best NFL teams of all time can be a controversial conversation. Fans and sports bettors each have their own personal favorite.
Even so, when considering crucial factors like the ultimate goal, points scored above the mean, and consistency in play, certain teams make the mark whereas others fall short.
Below are our top picks who we believe deserve the accolade of being called the greatest NFL teams of all time.
1972 Miami Dolphins
The 1972 Miami Dolphins top our list for obvious reasons.
The undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team on our list to have managed to remain at the top of the league both in terms of “points for” and “points against”.
What sets them apart even further from the rest is that they managed to remain undefeated whilst having a “backup” quarterback at the helm. With Earl Morrall leading the way, they won an incredible nine games in spectacular fashion.
What’s more, all-time greats Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka covered an astonishing 1000+ yards during the Pro Bowl of 1972. This spectacular performance placed the Dolphins at the top of the league in both yards gained and yards allowed.
1985 Chicago Bears
The choice between the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1984 49ers for second place on our list of top NFL picks ever was a difficult one.
They emerged as NFL top dogs during two consecutive seasons, with both finishing first in points allowed and second in points scored.
The Bears finished a combined 74.9% above the mean in points scored and points against, while the 49ers followed closely on their heels with 73.1% in the same category.
The Bears’ 1984 defense came out on top with three first-team All-Pros and five Pro Bowlers.
1984 San Francisco 49ers
The 1984 49ers have got to be one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL.
During that particular year, the 49ers placed the fewest turnovers in the league. They also managed to come in second in net yards gained compared to pass attempt ratios.
They also positively shone in terms of dominance on the rushing attack, which saw them finish second in “per rush” average and touchdowns.
2007 New England Patriots
While the 2007 New England Patriots are considered by many fans to be the best team in the history of the league, they suffered from significant performance issues during that particular year.
They did however score 69.7% more points than the league average.
Unfortunately for the Patriots of ’07, a three-point loss to the Giants tripped up their chance at immortality during the Super Bowl.
The offense of the 1991 Washington was every bit as impressive as that of the 2007 New England Patriots.
Their offensive and defensive dominance made them one of the greatest NFL teams of all time.
During 1991, Washington boasted two All-Pros and six Pro Bowlers.
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers squad boasted an incredible 11 Pro Bowlers.
While their offense was found to be seriously lacking, their defense points topped the league for that season.