The 25 most dominant NFL teams of the last 50 years – The Athletic

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The 25 most dominant NFL teams of the last 50 years – The Athletic

With dominant teams dominating The Athletic this week, from college football to the NBA and MLB, the question was posed to our NFL reporting group: Could we identify the 25 most dominant NFL teams of the past 50 years? We could, but first we needed logical criteria. That required research, including a deep dive into the vast Pro Football Reference data warehouse. We pulled into one spreadsheet all 550 playoff teams since 1970, bounced ideas off a couple of football people with statistical pedigrees and emerged with a power-rankings formula we feel really good about.

Before revealing the 25 most dominant NFL teams of the past 50 years, we’ll make a quick run through the formula so the rankings make sense. We weighted the components this way:

Regular-season won-lost record (35 percent). We wanted our teams to have good records. Twenty-four of them won at least 80 percent of their regular-season games.

Regular-season points-per-game ratio (35 percent).

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