NFL Playoff Droughts

Climate change is a hot-button topic lately.  Although controversial, science shows that rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are adding to the greenhouse effect.  Not only is this causing global warming, but also is attributable to violent storms, more frequent flooding, and extreme drought.  If we are smart, we will do what we can to reverse the damage.  We may have a difficult struggle ahead of us.

NFL franchises face a similar challenge.  Some teams have suffered through years of playoff drought.  Their fans are parched.  They ache for a cool drink of playoff water, and dream of following the lush, heavenly river that leads to the Super Bowl.  Management works hard trying to change the losing climate of their football club.

Teams that have enjoyed recent playoff success face similar struggles.  They know too well that they sit in a precarious position.  Without careful and constant effort, other teams are poised to displace them from their playoff oasis.  Like the weather, the NFL climate is in constant flux.  Today’s playoff success may simply be the last cool rain preceding a devastating drought.

So how do the NFL teams stack up in terms of recent playoff success?  Which franchises are well hydrated and refreshed, and which are dry, parched, and suffering?  Here’s how the 32 NFL teams stack up.  The first number in the charts below indicates how long it’s been since each team has made/missed the playoffs.  The second number shows how many times each team has qualified for the playoffs over the past 15 seasons.

Lush Paradise

A-Lush_Paradise

RankTeamYears
Made
Playoffs
Playoffs
Last 15
Years
1New England PatriotsLast 511
2Green Bay PackersLast 510
3Denver BroncosLast 37
4Cincinnati BengalsLast 35
5San Francisco 49ersLast 35

Green Abundance

B-River_Landscape

RankTeamYears
Made
Playoffs
Playoffs
Last 15
Years
6Indianapolis ColtsLast 213
7Seattle SeahawksLast 29
8Philadelphia EaglesLast 110
9New Orleans SaintsLast 16
10San Diego ChargersLast 16
11Carolina PanthersLast 14
12Kansas City ChiefsLast 14

Hot and Dry

C-Dakota_Late_Summer

RankTeamYears
Missed
Playoffs
Playoffs
Last 15
Years
13Baltimore RavensLast 19
14Atlanta FalconsLast 16
15Minnesota VikingsLast 16
16Washington RedskinsLast 14
17Houston TexansLast 12
18Pittsburgh SteelersLast 28
19New York GiantsLast 27
20Detroit LionsLast 22

Parched Desert

D-Dry_Chaparral

RankTeamYears Missed PlayoffsPlayoffs Last 15 Years
21New York JetsLast 36
22Chicago BearsLast 34
23Dallas CowboysLast 45
24Arizona CardinalsLast 42
25Tennessee TitansLast 56
26Miami DolphinsLast 54
27Tampa Bay BucsLast 66
28Jacksonville JaguarsLast 63

Full-On Drought

E-Drought

RankTeamYears Missed PlayoffsPlayoffs Last 15 Years
29St Louis RamsLast 95
30Oakland RaidersLast 113
31Cleveland BrownsLast 111

Hell On Earth

F-Hell

RankTeamYears Missed PlayoffsPlayoffs Last 15 Years
32Buffalo BillsLast 141

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