‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sending Peyton Manning out on a high was a pretty likable thing to do.
13. Cleveland Browns
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
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
19. Houston Texans
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.