Every NFL franchise has one team that set the standard for excellence. And while some franchises have been more fortunate than others, each franchise can point to at least one team from its past that stood out from the rest. Even the Browns, a team that has never appeared in a Super Bowl, can point to a team from its semi-recent past that can serve as the example for future teams to follow. 

With the start of the 2022 season just around the corner, we decided to name each franchise’s best team since the start of the Super Bowl era. To create this list, we looked at the following criteria when making our selections. 

Average margin of victory during the regular season 
Offensive and defensive rankings, specifically as it relates to scoring
Strength of the opposition 
Talent on the roster 
How far the team advanced in the postseason 

Using this criteria, we were able to identify each franchise’s greatest team since the start of the 1966 season. While many readers will agree with our selections, we know that some will object to at least one of our picks, which is certainly fine. Who doesn’t like a good sports debate, after all?

Without further ado, let’s get started. 

A Super Bowl-winning team will be denoted with (*) 

12-8 overall record
Won franchise’s only NFC championship 
Featured the third-ranked scoring offense during the regular season 

Despite a late-season swoon that saw them lose four games in a five-game span, the Cardinals won the AFC West before going on a roll during the NFC playoffs. In three consecutive weeks, Arizona defeated Atlanta, Carolina and Philadelphia to claim the NFC championship. The Cardinals’ high-scoring offense, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, scored over 30 points in each of their first three playoff games. 

Fitzgerald enjoyed one of the greatest postseason performances in NFL history during the ’08…

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