Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Sturm Formula - Part 7

Top Teams since Super Bowl 1 continues....



#5 - The Denver Broncos
Total Points: 57
Total Playoff Years: 77SL, 78, 79, 83, 84, 86SL, 87SL, 89SL, 91C, 93, 96, 97S, 98S, 00, 03, 04, 05C

The Broncos have certainly had many quality teams, mostly due to the John Elway era. But make no mistake, 1 player does not elevate a franchise to the top 5 in the NFL. 6 Super Bowl appearances is very impressive for anyone, and now with decent post-Elway runs, they are the best of the rest.



#6 - The Miami Dolphins
Total Points: 57
Total Playoff Years: 70, 71SL, 72S, 73S, 74, 78, 79, 81, 82SL, 83, 84SL, 85C, 90, 92C, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01

The Dolphins level of quality is among the best in the AFC, but falls short of the top 5. Since 1973, the Dolphins have been close, but no cigar. Still the only team to navigate through a season undefeated, the Dolphins have a proud past.



#7 - The Washington Redskins
Total Points: 55
Total Playoff Years: 71, 72SL, 73, 74, 76, 82S, 83SL, 84, 86C, 87S, 90, 91S, 92, 99, 05

Let's not kid ourselves - since 1992, when Joe Gibbs and the boys exited stage left, things have not been very good in Washington. Despite that, they are merely a few points out of the top 5 proving that they have a very solid resume in the Allen/Gibbs eras.



#8 - The New England Patriots
Total Points: 54
Total Playoff Years: 76, 78, 82, 85SL, 86, 94, 96SL, 97, 98, 01S, 03S, 04S, 05, 06C

The first time I did this study, New England was well out of the mix. They were ranked somewhere in the bottom third of the league in 2000. But since then, Brady and Belichick have added up 37 points in 6 seasons, shooting up into #8. That deserves a "wow".


9. Green Bay
10. St Louis
11. Minnesota
12. Indianapolis


13. New York Giants
14. Buffalo
15. Chicago
16. Kansas City


17. Philadelphia
18. Tennessee
19. New York Jets
20. Cleveland


21. Tampa Bay
22. San Diego
23. Cincinnati
24. Seattle


25. Baltimore
26. Atlanta
27. Carolina
28. Detroit


29. Jacksonville
30. New Orleans
31. Arizona
32. Houston


Points in the Sturm Formula:
1 point for each year of making the playoffs
3 points for losing in the AFC/NFC Championship games
5 points for losing the Super Bowl
11 points for winning the Super Bowl

2 comments:

Jay Clendenin said...

only 4 more to go!!! come on cowboys.

thunderstealer said...

Hey Sports Sturm,

If you are going to do this then do it right.

New England should have 54 points. You missed the 1978 playoffs.

Denver should have 57 points. You have all the years and games right but your math is wrong.