Most wins by NFL team over a 5 year period since 1970

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  1. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    Including playoffs:

    Dallas 1991-1995 71 3 SBs
    Pittsburgh 1975-1979 67* (6 fewer games) 3 SBs
    Miami 1971-1975 65* (10 fewer games) 2 SBs
    SF 1988-1992 70 2 SBs
    NE 2001-2005 68 3 SBs
    Oakland 1973-1977 63* (10 fewer games) 1 SB
    Dallas 1977-1981 67* (2 fewer games) 1 SB
    Indy 2002-2006 67 1 SB
    Chicago 1984-1988 67 (1 SB)
    Buffalo 1989-1993 67 (4 Sb losses)


    The current Pats, from '03-'07, already stand at 68 wins, with 7 games remaining + potential playoffs. If this 2007 team wins a SB, even without a "perfect season", it will stand indisputably as the greatest 5 year run in NFL history since the merger.

    Also, the current Indianapolis Colts, from '03-'07, stand at 64 wins. If they win 8 more games this season, they will have won more games over a 5 year period than any other team in NFL history.

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  2. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

    So the Pats only need 4 more wins to have the most wins in any 5 year span.
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  3. upstater1

    upstater1 Pro Bowl Player

    Also, think about this. The Patriots have had one losing season since 1995.

    12 years, one losing season. Not bad.
  4. homergreg

    homergreg Practice Squad Player

    Great stats!

    The Colts and Patriots have met almost as many times during this span ,8, including playoffs as they would have if they were still in the same division. They met only once in 2005 and only once so far this year.

    Really shows why the rivalry is the premier one in the league, if two teams can meet that many times and still each be looking at making NFL history.
  5. He Ban Me

    He Ban Me Banned

    Even though you are a Pats fan, and NE is the obvious front runner, it was cool of you to include the INDY numbers.
  6. psychoPat

    psychoPat Role Player Supporter

    Superlative Colts

    Wonderful work, PonyX !

    The Colts certainly are a superlative team on the field.

    A shame that their standard bearers have made them such a declasse organization off the field.
    The perennial whining ... excuses ... tilted use of leverage at league hq ...
    working the refs ... personal intimidation by the GM ... midnight flight by the owner ...
    and other assorted stretching, tweaking, gaming, and breaking the rules.
    All with impunity.
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  7. PatsFanSince74

    PatsFanSince74 Supporter Supporter

    Thanks for terrific data and an objective way to compare the great teams. Questions: do the "fewer games" references refer to regular season or all games? Would it smooth out the data to do "Winning Percentage" as well as raw wins? Thanks again!
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  8. He Ban Me

    He Ban Me Banned

    Re: Superlative Colts

    Are there any other teams we know of out there that break the rules??
  9. Fencer

    Fencer Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Nice job putting specifics around what common sense already seemed to tell us!

    3 Super Bowls + serious contender for Super Bowl another season + respectable division champion another season + one or two of the three greatest winning streaks in modern NFL history ...

    ... well, that SHOULD amount to the greatest 5-year stretch ever.

    Ditto for the 7-year stretch that includes another Super Bowl plus a winning record playoff miss.

    But first the Pats have to accomplish what we're hoping they will for the rest of the season, eh?

    EDIT: Actually, the really interesting point to me is that if the Pats don't go 16-0 but do win the Super Bowl, it will STILL have been the greatest run ever.
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  10. DarrylS

    DarrylS Supporter Supporter

    After wandering through the desert of the NFL for about 40 years, I often pinch myself during this current run.. for people who have been following this team for a long time it is an unbelievable run. Thank you Mr. Kraft, BB and the rest of the architects of this great franchise.
  11. godef

    godef In the Starting Line-Up

    Well, two actually. I know I'm nitpicking, but when most folks say since some-time, they usually include that time. "1995" is not a point in time, but encompasses a whole year of time, so saying "since 1995" is ambiguous.
  12. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    Here are prominent 5-year runs since the merger in 1970, listed by winning percentage. A team's overall record includes playoff wins and losses.
    (*) indicates that a team played fewer games due to 14 game regular seasons prior to 1978, the strike seasons of 1982 and 1987, or an incomplete current schedule in 2007.

    NE 2003-07 .810 68-16* (2 SB wins)
    Mia 1970-74 .802 65-16* (2 SB wins, 1 SB loss)
    Oak 1973-77 .788 63-17* (1 SB win)
    Pitt 1975-79 .779 67-19* (3 SB wins)
    SF 1988-92 .778 70-20 (2 SB wins)
    Ind 2003-07 .771 64-19* (1 SB win)
    Dal 1991-95 .763 71-22 (3 SB wins)
    Chi 1984-88 .761 67-21 (1 SB win)
    Min 1973-77 .753 61-20* (3 SB losses)
    Was 1981-85 .750 63-21* (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    NE 2001-05 .747 68-23 (3 SB wins)
    Mia 1981-85 .747 62-21* (2 SB losses)
    Dal 1977-81 .744 67-23* (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    SF 1994-98 .744 67-23 (1 SB win)
    LA 1973-77 .740 57-20*
    Ind 2002-06 .736 67-24 (1 SB win)
    Phil 2000-04 .717 66-26 (1 SB loss)
    Buf 1989-93 .713 67-27 (4 SB losses)
    NYG 1986-90 .709 61-25* (2 SB wins)
    Den 1996-00 .708 63-26 (2 SB wins)
    GB 1994-98 .707 65-27 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    Pit 2001-05 .697 62-27 (1 SB win)
    StL 1999-03 .693 61-27 (1 SB win, 1 SB loss)
    Den 1983-87 .678 59-28* (2 SB losses)

    At the time the Pats (8-0) faced the Colts (7-0) in Indy 2 weeks ago, the teams were ranked #1 and #3 respectively in winning percentage (.807 67-16 to .790 64-17) over a 5 year period since the merger in 1970.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2007
  13. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    Hi. I just came in here for a minute to hide out from the Meriweather Bust thread.

    Great research as always, Pony! I thought of the current Colts too when I saw your topic.
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