The NFL playoffs – the best of times and the worst of times all at once.
I absolutely love to watch the NFL playoffs. It’s so hard to predict what will happen when 2 good teams meet and only one will advance closer their ultimate goal: The Super Bowl. I know piles of NFL analysts and fans assert their convictions on what WILL transpire on the field, but no one truly knows. That’s why fans (myself especially) keep coming back for more. To see exactly what plays out and exactly how it happens.
For those who have never read my blog previously or don’t know me – I’m a proud Washington Redskins fan. But the Skins are a team who haven’t had any playoff success over the last decade. I know, that’s probably putting in mildly. AND with the past few years ending with a conglomerate of teams that I REALLY despise holding the Lombardi Trophy, it’s been a double whammy.
2011: The New York Giants
2012: The Baltimore Ravens
2013: The Seattle Seahawks
2014: We’re down to 4 – Patriots, Colts, Packers, & Seahawks… who will it be?
This past weekend with the Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys losing (both the heartbreaking variety I might add), I can happily scratch two of my most reviled teams off the list that could spoil the Super Bowl outcome this year.
Which brings me to the reason for this post: to rank the NFL teams from my Redskins to the teams I cannot stand. Here we go!
My list is broken down into tiers – but order of appearance STILL MATTERS. The lower on the list, the lower the love. I will say in general, I gravitate towards NFC teams.
Favorites – Will always root for, during the good and rough seasons. Only room for 1 team in this tier. No breakdown to why they are here is necessary.
- The Washington Redskins
Teams I Generally Root For – Unless facing the Redskins or the outcome of the game affects the Redskins in standings. If facing each other, I root for the team higher on the list.
- The Green Bay Packers
- The Denver Broncos – (Only due to Peyton Manning, if Manning were still on Indy, Indy would be here)
- The New England Patriots – (Though NE typically the villain, as a Michigan Wolverines fan, I keep tabs on Mr. Brady.)
Follow Due To Some Family Members – These teams would probably rank a tad lower if not for family ties.
- The New York Jets
- The Chicago Bears
Teams I Watch & Sometimes Root For, But Like Other Teams More –
- The Pittsburgh Steelers
- The Indianapolis Colts
- The New Orleans Saints
- The Detroit Lions
- The Kansas City Chiefs
Teams In Complete Limbo – Nothing I like or dislike. Tough to get a beat on these…
- The Arizona Cardinals
- The Cleveland Browns
- The Buffalo Bills
Teams That Lose And I Get A Kick Out Of It – Not much love here. Generally don’t care about any of these squads, but definitely under teams in limbo in my book. Mostly AFC garbage.
- The Minnesota Vikings
- The Miami Dolphins
- The Oakland Raiders
- The Tennessee Titans
- The Houston Texans
- The Jacksonville Jaguars
Complete Blah Teams – This list contains blah teams, dislike teams, and hate teams. Some hate teams because only 5 can make the bottom 5.
- The Atlanta Falcons
- The Carolina Panthers
- The Cincinnati Bengals
- The St. Louis Rams
- The San Fransisco 49ers
- The San Diego Chargers
- The Philadelphia Eagles
THE BOTTOM 5 – I UTTERLY & COMPLETELY DESPISE EACH OF THESE TEAMS.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- The New York Giants
- The Seattle Seahawks
- The Baltimore Ravens
- The Dallas Cowboys
And there you have it. Been meaning to do this post for quite some time. Finally, this exorcise is complete.