Super Bowl Champions- Efficiency Rankings, 15-10
Editors Note: Sorry for the delay in updates everyone bt its been a busy few weeks. If I cant get the remainder of the teams done I will just upload the final chart on Sunday and then fill in the videos at a later date- Jason
For the next two weeks, time permitting, I'm going to try to post my efficiency rankings, brief thoughts, and video clips for all 45 of the NFL champions as we head towards the Super Bowl. My plan is 5 teams a day, but if I get pressed for time may just go to the rankings. For those unfamiliar my efficiency grading is based strictly on scoring for a team. The way that the numbers are calculated are by determining just how many points a team scored or allowed in a season and comparing with that of the schedule they played that season. Their schedule is adjusted by taking their stats out of the equation. The numbers represent by what percentage a team scored above or below the schedules average and how much more points were allowed or not allowed on the season.
I find them to be decent indicators of performance in a game, though neither is a measure solely of offense or defense. Special teams scores and defensive scores would be credited to the "Scoring" category, which is primarily offense while the "Defense" category would also include points allowed by specials and pick six and fumble scores. I think they provide a decent picture of the overall team success/failures. The Total score is simply a combination of both sides of the ball. The higher the overall score the better a team is expected to perform. For example an efficiency of 0% means that, on average, a team simply played to the level of their competition that year and its reflected in the margins between points scored and allowed. A score of 60% means their margins on the year would be 60% better than their schedules average margin.
Many of these teams are before my time as my real recollection of football starts in 1982 and is much better from 85 onward, so feel free to share thoughts about the teams if you have a good memory of watching them. Onto the rankings…
15. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers (17th Scoring, 25th Defense)- The final chapter of the Steelers dynasty in the 1970s proved to be one of the best teams of all time. For the first time in their glory run the offense finally caught up with the defense, and was arguably the bigger reason they won the title that season. Both groups played fantastic in the playoffs with the team scoring at least 27 points a game while the defense allowed no more than 19. Despite being plagued by interception problems, this was the year that cemented the HOF status of QB Terry Bradshaw, who had the best statistical season of his career and won his second Super Bowl MVP award. Their victory against the Rams marked the end of an era and it is unlikely any franchise will ever see such a dominant period of football as these Steelers had.
14. 1993 Dallas Cowboys (20th Scoring, 20th Defense)- The middle of the Dallas dynasty would prove to be their most well balanced and best performing team. It was a season that started off with problems as star RB Emmitt Smith held out for a new contract, and without Smith the Cowboys ground based attack was not as potent leading to an 0-2 start. Once Smith was back in the fold Dallas cruised to a 12-2 finish, scoring at least 26 points in 7 of the final 13 games of the year. The defense was smothering, holding 9 teams to less than 2 touchdowns. QB Toy Aikman continued to effectively manage the games and spread the ball around to his playmakers as he built up his HOF candidacy. A win against the Giants in the final game of the season gave the Cowboys the NFC East crown and home field in the playoffs, which they used to cruise to the Super Bowl. Never in danger in any playoff contest Dallas was just so much more talented than any team in the NFL before the new salary cap forced them to begin dismantling the depth of the team.
13. 1972 Miami Dolphins (25th Scoring, 9th Defense)- The only team to ever finish an NFL season undefeated, the 72 Dolphins falls just short of a top 10 finish. Through the years people have always pointed to an easy schedule, and the stats kind of point that out as true, but they were still a tremendous football team, specifically on defense where they held teams to about 36% below their average. They did face a soft defensive schedule, which is why their offensive ranking is middle of the pack, but give the team credit for having to travel into Pittsburgh and putting up 21 points on the best defense in the NFL. A defeat of the Redskins in the Super Bowl capped off the season to finish the year perfect, something that no team has been able to do in the following 40 years.
12. 1977 Dallas Cowboys (2nd Scoring, 40th Defense)- Everything just seemed to click for the 1977 Dallas Cowboys, making them the greatest Cowboy team to win a Super Bowl. The scoring output of the team was off the charts. Dallas faced the toughest defensive schedule of any team to win a title, with the opponents points allowed average at a miniscule 15.95 points a game. The Cowboys averaged nearly 9 points more a game than that, to rank number 2 overall. With QB Roger Staubach leading the way and a great rookie named Tony Dorsett running the football, the offense was a difficult matchup for most teams. When needed the defense was capable of stepping up and pitching a shutout and in the playoffs the defense was a real difference maker, allowing all of 23 points in 3 games. The defense throttled the Broncos in the Super Bowl turning the Broncos over multiple times and making the game a laugher. Had they played that well all season long these Cowboys would have been in the discussion of the greatest teams of all time.
11. 1969 Kansas City Chiefs (28th Scoring, 7th Defense)- Somehow the 69 Chiefs get lost in the shuffle when looking back at great football teams. This was the team that proved that Joe Namath's Jets were no fluke and that the AFL was certainly on par with the NFL leading to a full merger the next year. The Chiefs were similar to the NFL establishment at the time by being a defensive giant in a land of offensive firepower. The Chiefs battled injury on offense all season which forced the defense to pick up the slack for the team, allowing only 12.65 points per game against a schedule that scored over 21. The road was not easy as they had to go on the road and battle the two best in the AFL- the Jets and Raiders- but the Chiefs defense held them to a combined total of 13 points. The crushed the Vikings in the Super Bowl, turning them over 5 times, and solidifying the status of the soon to be AFC forever.
Super Bowl Champion Efficiency Rankings
|11||1969||Kansas City Chiefs||16.30%||-40.95%||57.25%|
|17||1989||San Francisco 49'ers||27.18%||-25.88%||53.06%|
|22||2010||Green Bay Packers||12.70%||-33.37%||46.07%|
|25||1967||Green Bay Packers||16.18%||-28.73%||44.91%|
|27||2009||New Orleans Saints||50.80%||6.76%||44.04%|
|29||2002||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-2.94%||-45.79%||42.85%|
|31||1986||New York Giants||13.39%||-27.10%||40.49%|
|33||1990||New York Giants||1.17%||-36.89%||38.06%|
|34||1968||New York Jets||33.21%||-4.01%||37.22%|
|35||2003||New England Patriots||12.74%||-23.67%||36.41%|
|37||1981||San Francisco 49'ers||6.42%||-24.07%||30.49%|
|39||1988||San Francisco 49'ers||19.16%||-8.88%||28.04%|
|43||2001||New England Patriots||-1.54%||-12.58%||11.04%|
|44||2007||New York Giants||9.94%||0.61%||9.33%|