USA Today Ranked All 32 NFL Teams On Likeability

 

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‘Likeability’ is quite a subjective word when it comes to NFL teams. Most people in this country have a team they’re located near, support, or are a die hard fan of. So what exactly what does likeability mean when what’s the incentive to like other teams besides your own.

USA Today put together a list ranking all 32 NFL team on likeability. With an unbiased look, they factored in everything from ownership to uniforms, to fan bases, to of course players.

Here’s what they came up with –

1. Green Bay Packers

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Unless you’re a Bears fan, everyone loves the Packers — a massive feat considering how consistently good they are. The small town, rich in history, publicly-owned franchise represents the best of sports, all while Aaron Rodgers’ scintillating ability makes them so much fun to watch. It’s hard to argue this team belongs anywhere other than first on this list.

2. Buffalo Bills

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The Bills made a solid claim to be number one on this list. The NFL’s lovable losers benefit from the unlikability of its divisional rivals (*cough cough* Patriots), and the team’s diehard fans are always good for a few hilarious videos a season.

3. Miami Dolphins

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Aside from Dolphins being generally likable animals, Miami is just one of those teams that has a fun vibe around it. Remember when Ricky Williams ran for a million yards? Or when Dan Marino threw for a bazillion yards? Or when they went 11-5 in 2008 running the wildcat offense? And besides, they were in an Ace Ventura movie. Major props for that.

4. Arizona Cardinals

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Hard not to like a team that has Larry Fitzgerald as the face of its franchise.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

A strong fanbase despite a lack of relative success counts for a lot around these parts. The Chiefs have that in abundance.

6. New York Giants

Might be a bit lower on this list were it not for Odell Beckham’s consistently mind-bending catches.

7. Detroit Lions

Never good enough as a team to make other fans feel threatened, but they have a rich history and benefited from years of two fantasy football all-stars: Matt Stafford and, of course, Calvin Johnson.

8. New Orleans Saints

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The Saints would’ve been first on this list not long ago, but any team winning a Super Bowl provokes jealousy, and Bountygate certainly didn’t help matters, either. Plus the love they showed for the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck and the reciprocated love the city showed back will forever hold a place in our hearts no matte what team you cheer for.

9. Seattle Seahawks

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Might be a touch high on this list considering how good they are, but the 12th man makes every Seattle game so much more fun to watch.

10. Cincinnati Bengals

Pretty harmless, all things considered.

11. San Francisco 49ers

Have lots of good history working in their favor, and Chip Kelly will at the very least make them fun to watch this year.

12. Denver Broncos

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Sending Peyton Manning out on a high was a pretty likable thing to do.

13. Cleveland Browns

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The team’s utter disfunction even starts to grind on the neutrals.

14. Atlanta Falcons

Generally likable, but the pumping-in-fake-crowd-noise thing was pretty strange.

15. Carolina Panthers

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Cam Newton divides opinion, so between all his haters and defenders, this seems like a good spot for Carolina.

16. Chicago Bears

The team’s always-classy uniforms balance out whatever negative effects Jay Cutler brings to the likability rankings.

17. Minnesota Vikings

Safe to say, we’re firmly in “meh” territory right now.

18. Tennessee Titans

Meh.

19. Houston Texans

Meh.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars

Meh.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Meh.

22. Oakland Raiders

When the Raiders are good they’re the NFL team everyone loves to hate. But the Raiders are not good, and haven’t been for a while.

23. San Diego Chargers

Would have probably been in the “meh” zone were they not primed to bolt for Los Angeles.

24. Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts get 13 seasons of Peyton Manning, then suck for a year, then get rewarded with another franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck? Unlikable! We also think the people of Baltimore aren’t too fond of this team.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Who isn’t tired of the “Is Joe Flacco elite?” debate?

26. New York Jets

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Would be lower if they were better.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers

It must be great being a Steelers fan. Really great. To everyone else, their loyal fans basking in the glory of its consistently well-run franchise is just kind of — what’s the word? — annoying.

28. Philadelphia Eagles

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Hard to get behind a team whose fans once booed Santa Claus and that has an overpaid QB spouting unreasnable demands.

29. Los Angeles Rams

Ditching for Los Angeles after years of a bad on-field product, only to point the finger at fans for not showing up and leaving them with a hefty Bill or the pleasure was a ruthlessly low blow.

30. Dallas Cowboys

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Outside of Texas — well, Dallas really — America’s Team has been plummeting down the rankings recently, especially amidst the Greg hardy whirlwind last season and all the suspensions already this year.

31. New England Patriots

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The coach is an evil genius, they drafted one of the best quarterbacks ever in the sixth round, and the fans are never shy about boasting about it all. Only once since 2001 have the Patriots failed to win more than 10 games, and that year — in 2002 — they won nine. Absurd. Four Super Bowl wins plus two more finals over the same period along with a host of different scandals means Pats fans can count themselves lucky, very lucky, that they’re only second-last on this list.

32. Washington Redskins

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So much to get through it’s tough to know where to even begin. How about with this one: When people across the country and, indeed, the world have a moral objection to the very name of your team on the grounds that its racist yet you still refuse to change it, despite pleas from the group in question and the President of the United States, ranking last shouldn’t come as a surprise. last shouldn’t come as a surprise.

16 COMMENTS

  1. “With an unbiased look, they factored in everything from ownership to uniforms, to fan bases, to of course players.” Yet the only thing mentioned regarding the Redskins is their name and a very biased view that has no data to back it up…”When people across the country and, indeed, the world have a moral objection to the very name of your team…”

  2. The outrage at the Redskins name is as phony as Elizabeth Warren’s “Indian Cookbook.” They are firmly in the meh category. The only people who don’t hate the Pats are drunken Southies and bandwagoneers.

  3. From the article I can presume the USA Today is not familiar with the NFL but loves political correctness. The USA Today is best served as lining on the bottom of a dog crate.

  4. DailySnark- I would like to offer my services to proofread every article before you publish it to the website. There are so many errors, I’m embarrassed for you. I will even do this for free.

  5. After Living in Wisconsin for 4 years among Packers fans, they certainly don’t deserve to be #1 on this list. And I’m not even a Bears fan.

    Also, the Patriots should have an asterisk on #31, because they deserve to have an asterisk on everything they take part in. #bunchofcheaters

    • Their fans can be pretty obnoxious on Facebook, but their team is quite clean both on and off the field. I don’t see any murderers, rapists, etc. as I do on other teams.

  6. I applaud the Redskins for sticking to their guns and not caving in to the liberal “everyone is a winner” left. How many Native Americans have to say that they’re not offended by their team name before the whining liberal twats drop this tired non story?

  7. 49ers ought to be lower, given that they led the league in arrests a season or two ago, not to mention Fumblepick is a huge douchebag.

  8. -Who voted for this list?
    –One guy who had 10 minutes left to produce an article before his deadline.
    -Well now it makes sense.

  9. The Patriots “host of scandals”:
    Tuck rule – was a rule in place at the time
    Filming the Rams walkthrough – claim was later retracted
    Spygate – it was legal to film, just not from that location
    Deflategate – Ideal Gas Law
    Headsetgate – even the NFL said the Patriots had nothing to do with it
    Supposedly bugging other teams locker rooms – paranoia, no one ever found anything
    Winning too much – guilty as charged

  10. The Patriots should for sure be last. Terrible fan base that consistently complain on Facebook and their organization is full of cheaters.

    honorable mention goes out to the Seattle Seahawks, whose fans all joined in 2012 and proceed to talk endless amounts of crap online.

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