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I'll be the first to admit this is a semi-crude way of ranking all franchises in pro history, but I think it's not too bad.

Here's how it works, and keep in mind I'm only doing the current 32 franchises. So a franchise that went away for a few years, then came back (Buffalo, the Baltimore Colts, etc) don't get the earlier accomplishments unless it was legitimately a suspended franchise. Franchise histories are what they are recognized as by the NFL; the Indianapolis Colts get credit for the Baltimore years and the Tennessee Titans for the Houston years, but the Baltimore Ravens do not get credit for the Cleveland Browns. That's how the NFL recognizes it, that's how I recognize it.

Anyway, here's the method. A franchise gets 10 points for a league title, 8 points for a runner-up, 6 points for a semifinal loss, and 4 points for a quarterfinal loss. For Hall of Famers, a franchise gets 2 points. However, this only goes for primary HOFers, defined as "more than half of a player's career". If he played for multiple teams but not a majority with a given one, the primary teams get credit. For someone like Jim Finks, who went in as an executive/coach with 10 years with the Vikings, 9 years with the Bears, and 7 with the Saints, all three teams could get credit.

Then to make things slightly more interesting, there's also a total points/season average. Since it's 2 AM and I really started this about an hour ago, I only have a couple of franchises done.

Arizona (previously Chicago and St. Louis) -- Two league titles (1925 and 1947), one runner-up (1948), three quarterfinal losses (1974, 1975, 1998), 12 primary HOFers (Conzelman, Driscoll, Kiesling*, Nevers, Chamberlin, Matson, Trippi, Lane, Wilson, Wehrli, Dierdorf, Jackie Smith) plus Charles Bidwill

  • Kiesling went in for both his playing career and his coaching; his primary playing team was the Chicago Cardinals. He was the one responsible, as a coach, for cutting Johnny Unitas and starting Ted Marchibroda, which should be grounds for expulsion from Canton

Total -- 66 points in 88 seasons (0.75 points/season)

Atlanta -- One runner-up (1998), one semifinal loss (2004), four quarterfinal losses (1978, 1980, 1991, 2002)

Total -- 30 points in 42 seasons (0.714 points/season)

Baltimore -- One league title (2000), two quarterfinal losses (2001, 2006)

Total -- 18 points in 12 seasons (1.500 points/season)

Buffalo -- Two league titles (1964-65), five runners-up (1966, 1990-93), one semifinal loss (1988), five quarterfinal losses (1974, 1980-81, 1989, 1995), seven primary HOFers (DeLamielleure, Kelly, Levy, Lofton, Shaw, Simpson, Thomas)

Total -- 100 points in 48 seasons (2.083 points/season)

Carolina -- One runner-up (2003), two semifinal losses (1996, 2005)

Total -- 20 points in 13 seasons (1.538 points/season)

Chicago -- Nine titles (1921, 1932-33, 1940-41, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985), five runners-up (1934, 1937, 1942, 1956, 2006), two semifinal losses (1984, 1988), seven quarterfinal losses (1977, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 2001, 2005), twenty-six primary HOFers (Driscoll, Nagurski, McAfee, Halas, Lyman, Trafton, Stydahar, Healey, Musso, Blanda, Fortmann, Payton, Sayers, Luckman, Singletary, Butkus, Hewitt, George, Turner, Connor, Grange, Stan Jones, Atkins, Ditka, Hampton, Finks)

Total -- 222 points in 88 seasons (2.523 points/season)

Cincinnati -- Two runners-up (1981, 1988), four quarterfinal losses (1970, 1973, 1975, 1990), one primary HOFer (Anthony Munoz)

Total -- 34 points in 40 seasons (0.850 points/season)

Cleveland -- Eight league titles (1946-50, 1954-55, 1964), seven runners-up (1951-53, 1957, 1965, 1968, 1969), four semifinal losses (1967, 1986-87, 1989), five quarterfinal losses (1971-72, 1980, 1985, 1994), 13 primary HOFers (Graham, Motley, Jim Brown, Groza, Lavelli, Ford, Willis, Warfield, McCormack, Gatski, Kelly, Newsome, Hickerson) plus Paul Brown

Total -- 208 points in 59 seasons (3.525 points/season)

Dallas -- Five league titles (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995), five runners-up (1966-67, 1970, 1975, 1978), seven semifinal losses (1968-69, 1972-73, 1980-82, 1994), six quarterfinal losses (1976, 1979, 1985, 1991, 1996, 2007), ten primary HOFers (Aikman, Dorsett, Irvin, Landry, Lilly, Renfro, Schramm, Staubach, Randy White, Rayfield Wright)

Total -- 182 points in 48 seasons (3.792 points/season)

Denver -- Two league titles (1997, 1998), four runners-up (1977, 1986, 1987, 1989), two semifinal losses (1991, 2005), three quarterfinal losses (1978, 1984, 1996), one primary HOFer (Elway)

Total -- 78 points in 48 seasons (1.625 points/season)

Detroit (previously Portsmouth Spartans) -- Four league titles (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957), one runner-up (1954), one semifinal loss (1991), two quarterfinal losses (1970, 1983), twelve primary HOFers (Barney, Creekmur, Christiansen, Dutch Clark, Night Train Lane, Lary, Layne, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Schmidt, Doak Walker, Wojciechowski)

Total -- 86 points in 78 seasons (1.103 points/season)

Green Bay -- Twelve league titles (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996), three runners-up (1938, 1960, 1997), two semifinal losses (1995, 2007), six quarterfinal losses (1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2003), twenty primary HOFers (Adderley, Canadeo, Willie Davis, Gregg, Herber, Hinkle, Hornung, Hubbard, Hutson, Jordan, Lambeau, Lofton, Lombardi, McNally (Blood), Michalske, Nitschke, Ringo, Starr, Jim Taylor, Wood)

Total -- 220 points in 87 seasons (2.529 points/season)

Houston -- Nothing

Total -- 0 points in 6 seasons (0.00 points/season)

Indianapolis (previously Baltimore) -- Five league titles (1958, 1959, 1968, 1970, 2006), one runner-up (1964), three semifinal losses (1971, 1995, 2003), eight quarterfinal losses (1975-77, 1987, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007), nine primary HOFers (Berry, Donovan, Marchetti, Mackey, Moore, Parker, Unitas, Dickerson, Ewbank)

Total -- 126 points in 55 seasons (2.291 points/season)

Jacksonville -- Two semifinal losses (1996, 1999), two quarterfinal losses (1998, 2007)

Total -- 20 points in 13 seasons (1.538 points/season)

Kansas City (previously Dallas Texans) -- Three league titles (1962, 1966, 1969), one semifinal loss (1993), five quarterfinal losses (1971, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2003), eight primary HOFers (Bell, Buchanan, Dawson, Hunt, Lanier, Stenerud, Stram, Emmitt Thomas)

Total -- 72 points in 48 seasons (1.500 points/season)

Miami -- Two league titles (1972-73), three runners-up (1971, 1982, 1984), two semifinal losses (1985, 1992), ten quarterfinal losses (1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000), eight primary HOFers (Csonka, Langer, Griese, Little, Shula, Stephenson, Buoniconti, Marino)

Total -- 112 points in 42 seasons (2.667 points/season)

Minnesota -- One league title (1969), three league runners-up (1973, 1974, 1976), five semifinal losses (1968, 1977, 1987, 1998, 2000), eleven quarterfinal losses (1970, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004), eight primary HOFers (Tarkenton, Krause, Zimmerman, Yary, Eller, Page, Grant, Finks)

Total -- 124 points in 47 seasons (2.638 points/season)

New England (previously Boston Patriots) -- Three league titles (2001, 2003, 2004), three runners-up (1985, 1996, 2007), semifinal losses (2006), five quarterfinal losses (1976, 1978, 1986, 1997, 2005), three primary HOFers (Haynes, Hannah, Tippett)

Total -- 86 points in 48 seasons (1.792 points/season)

New Orleans -- One semifinal loss (2006), one quarterfinal loss (2000), one primary HOFer (Jim Finks, executive)

Total -- 12 points in 41 seasons (0.293 points/season)

NY Giants -- Seven league titles (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007), eleven runners-up (1933, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963), five quarterfinal losses (1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1993), seventeen primary HOFers (Badgro, Rosey Brown, Carson, Flaherty, Friedman, Gifford, Hein, Huff, Leemans, Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, Owen, Robustelli, Strong, Lawrence Taylor, Tunnell, Weinmeister)

Total -- 212 points in 73 seasons (2.904 points/season)

NY Jets (previously NY Titans) -- One league title (1968), three semifinal losses (1969, 1982, 1998), three quarterfinal losses (1986, 2002, 2004), three primary HOFers (Ewbank, Maynard, Namath)

Total -- 46 points in 48 seasons (0.958 points/season)

Oakland (previously Los Angeles Raiders) -- Four league titles (1967, 1976, 1980, 1983), two runners-up (1968, 1969), seven semifinal losses (1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1990, 2000), four quarterfinal losses (1982, 1985, 1993, 2001), twelve primary HOFers (Allen, Biletnikoff, Blanda, Willie Brown, Casper, Al Davis, Hendricks, Long, Madden, Otto, Shell, Upshaw)

Total -- 138 points in 48 seasons (2.875 points/season)

Philadelphia -- Three league titles (1948, 1949, 1960), three runners-up (1947, 1980, 2004), three semifinal losses (2001, 2002, 2003), six quarterfinal losses (1979, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2006), seven primary HOFers (Bell, Bednarik, McDonald, Neale, Pihos, Van Buren, White)

Total -- 110 points in 75 seasons (1.467 points/season)

Pittsburgh -- Five league titles (1974-75, 1978-79, 2005), one runner-up (1995), seven semifinal losses (1972, 1976, 1984, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2004), seven quarterfinal losses (1973, 1977, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2002), fifteen primary HOFers (Blount, Bradshaw, Dudley, Greene, Ham, Harris, John Henry Johnson, Lambert, Noll, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney, Stallworth, Stautner, Swann, Webster)

Total -- 158 points in 75 seasons (2.107 points/season)

St. Louis (previously Cleveland and Los Angeles Rams) -- Three league titles (1945, 1951, 1999), five runners-up (1949, 1950, 1955, 1979, 2001), seven semifinal losses (1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1985, 1989), five quarterfinal losses (1973, 1977, 1983, 2003, 2004), ten primary HOFers (Fears, Hirsch, Deacon Jones, Mack, Olsen, Dan Reeves, Slater, Van Brocklin, Waterfield, Youngblood)

Total -- 152 points in 72 seasons (2.111 points/season)

San Diego (previously Los Angeles Chargers) -- One league title (1963), five league runners-up (1960-61, 1964-65, 1994), three semifinal losses (1980-81, 2007), four quarterfinal losses (1979, 1982, 1992, 2006), seven primary HOFers (Alworth, Dean, Fouts, Gillman, Joiner, Mix, Winslow)

Total -- 98 points in 48 seasons (2.042 points/season)

San Francisco -- Five league titles (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994), one runner-up (1949), seven semifinal losses (1970, 1971, 1983, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997), seven quarterfinal losses (1972, 1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002), ten primary HOFers (Walsh, Young, Montana, Perry, Jimmy Johnson, McElhenny, Lott, Wilcox, Nomellini, St. Clair)

Total -- 148 points in 62 seasons (2.387 points/season)

Seattle -- One runner-up (2005), one semifinal loss (1983), four quarterfinal losses (1984, 1988, 2006, 2007), one primary HOFer (Largent)

Total -- 32 points in 22 seasons (1.455 points/season)

Tampa Bay -- One league title (2002), two semifinal losses (1979, 1999), two quarterfinal losses (1981, 1997), one primary HOFer (Selmon)

Total -- 32 points in 22 seasons (1.455 points/season)

Tennessee (previously Houston Oilers) -- Two league titles (1960-61), three runners-up (1962, 1967, 1999), four semifinal losses (1969, 1978, 1979, 2002), six quarterfinal losses (1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2003), six primary HOFers (Bethea, Blanda, Campbell, Matthews, Munchak, Moon)

Total -- 104 points in 48 seasons (2.166 points/season)

Washington (previously Boston Braves and Boston Redskins) -- Five league titles (1937, 1942, 1982, 1987, 1991), six runners-up (1936, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1972, 1983), one semifinal loss (1986), nine quarterfinal losses (1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2005), fifteen primary HOFers (Jurgensen, Turk Edwards, Battles, Houston, Darrell Green, Baugh, Millner, Charley Taylor, Riggins, Bobby Mitchell, Monk, Allen, Flaherty, Gibbs, Marshall)

Total -- 170 points in 76 seasons (2.237 points/season)

Sorted by points total
1) Chicago
2) Green Bay
3) NY Giants
4) Cleveland
5) Dallas
6) Washington
7) Pittsburgh
8) St. Louis
9) San Francisco
10) Oakland
11) Indianapolis
12) Minnesota
13) Miami
14) Philadelphia
15) Tennessee
16) Buffalo
17) San Diego
t-18) Detroit
t-18) New England
20) Denver
21) Kansas City
22) Arizona
23) NY Jets
24) Cincinnati
t-25) Seattle
t-25) Tampa Bay
27) Atlanta
t-28) Carolina
t-28) Jacksonville
30) Baltimore
31) New Orleans
32) Houston

Sorted by points per season
1) Dallas
2) Cleveland
3) NY Giants
4) Oakland
5) Miami
6) Minnesota
7) Green Bay
8) Chicago
9) San Francisco
10) Indianapolis
11) Washington
12) Tennessee
13) St. Louis
14) Pittsburgh
15) Buffalo
16) San Diego
17) New England
18) Denver
t-19) Carolina
t-19) Jacksonville
t-21) Baltimore
t-21) Kansas City
23) Philadelphia
t-24) Seattle
t-24) Tampa Bay
26) Detroit
27) NY Jets
28) Cincinnati
29) Arizona
30) Atlanta
31) New Orleans
32) Houston

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