Ranking NFL Franchises That Haven’t Won a Super Bowl
Ranking the NFL Franchises That Haven't Won a Super Bowl
Super Bowl XLVIII has officially been set to be the first ever incarnation of the big game to be played outdoors in a cold weather climate. The game will be played between the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos will be trying to claim their third Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, whereas the Seahawks will be seeking their first. In the lead-up to the big game, let us examine the teams that have not been as fortunate in the ultimate quest for Super Bowl success.
The Seahawks are currently one of 14 teams yet to win a Super Bowl Trophy. In two weeks time, could they soon cut the list down to 13 teams? During the Super Bowl era, the league has seen four franchises appear in at least seven Super Bowl games. On the other hand, there are four teams currently in the league that have yet to play in the final game of the season.
Ironically, the 14 teams yet to win a title are equally divided between the two conferences. Excluding Seattle, the last time any of these teams even appeared in a Super Bowl was five years ago. While some of these teams are realistically closer to their Super Bowl aspirations than others, how do they stack up compared to each other? Here is a look at the teams in the NFL that still have an empty trophy case and still searching for their first Super Bowl championship.
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14. Jacksonville Jaguars
When the Jacksonville Jaguars came into the league they did find some immediate success. They were able to reach the AFC Championship game back in 1996 and 1999, but that was a long time ago. The Jaguars are a long way from any potential Super Bowl success.
13. Cleveland Browns
Through two stints in the league, the Cleveland Browns have yet to reach the big game. Their last trip to the AFC Championship game was 1989. Until they can find stability at the quarterback spot and as an organization as a whole, the Browns will not be a franchise competing for any Super Bowl titles anytime soon.
12. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have played in four Super Bowls, but their last appearance was back in Super Bowl XI. The Vikings are in a rebuilding stage. In addition, the team will also be going through a new stadium change, and the Super Bowl drought figures to continue.
11. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans did play in one of the more memorable Super Bowl games despite coming up just short, but that was over a decade ago. It has been a long time since any "Music City Miracles" have come through for this franchise.
10. Detroit Lions
In the Super Bowl era, the Detroit Lions have only made it to the Conference Championship Game once, back in 1991. They are also a franchise that has suffered through a winless season. The current Lions squad has promising players, but the Lions still have a lot of work to do in order to find championship success.
9. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills certainly had quite a run back in the early 1990s, reaching four straight Super Bowls, but that was a long time ago. The current incarnation of the Bills has barely reached the playoffs, let alone the big game. Buffalo does earn credit has a franchise for at least reaching multiple Super Bowls, but they have a lot of work to do in order to get back to that level.
8. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have been around for just over a decade. The last two seasons have seen them reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but they regressed this past season. Houston does have a core of talent that is capable of making Super Bowl runs in the near future.
7. San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers' lone Super Bowl appearance was over by halftime. The Chargers are capable of making playoff appearances regularly, but have failed to produce true championship seasons. They are a franchise that peaks in November and collapses in January.
6. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals' lone trip to the Super Bowl was one of the more thrilling games in history. They are a franchise that is hit or miss each year. The Cardinals are a team capable of having hot years that lead to successful runs, or seasons that get out of hand quickly and are lost from the start.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals have played in two Super Bowls, then went through a period of time where it was a struggle to get to six wins in a given season. The Bengals are starting to develop into a strong team once again. With their current core of players, Cincy is a team that could be on the verge of finding championship success.
4. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have appeared in one Super Bowl, coming up just short of a victory. They have yet to really find consistent success as a franchise in the postseason. The Panthers do however have a franchise quarterback that could eventually lead them to that sought-after success.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Much like Carolina, the Atlanta Falcons have reached the big game only once. They too have also lacked consistency come playoff time. The Falcons also have a franchise quarterback that could see Super Bowl success in the future.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have reached two Super Bowls in their time. Generally, they are a team that is at least in playoff contention each year. The Eagles are a franchise that is trending towards potential future Super Bowl success.
1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks will be playing in their second Super Bowl in franchise history when Super Bowl 48 rolls around. They have developed quite a nucleus of talent over the last few seasons. Seattle has all of the components of a team that could soon be removed from this list.