Sadly, the 2013-2014 NFL season has officially come to a close. In Super Bowl XLVIII, we once again learned that a great defense usually trumps a great offense. We also learned that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will need to wait at least another year for that elusive second ring.
With this past season fresh in the books, we thought we'd take a comprehensive look at which NFL franchises have enjoyed the most success during the 21st century. Since NFL campaigns stretch over a two-year period, we started with the 2000-2001 season (we realize that the year 2000 was technically part of the 20th century).
To score each franchise, we came up with a simple, yet effective point system.
Regular season win = 1 Point
Wild Card round win/bye = 4 Points
Divisional round win = 8 Points
Conference title = 16 Points
Super Bowl win = 32 Points
Both the Seahawks and Broncos, the participants in this year's big game, finished in the top ten. But where did every other franchise rank? You'll have to find out:
32. Detroit Lions - 69 points
Despite showing at least some promise in two of the past three seasons, the Detroit Lions are the worst team in the NFL since 2000-01. The Lions had five or less wins in eight of those 14 seasons, and had only one playoff appearance -- a crushing defeat to the Saints during the 2011-12 season. Oh, and they had an 0-16 season in there too -- ouch.
31. Cleveland Browns - 75 points
The only things that Browns fans can be excited about during this period are that one - they actually had a team and two - it wasn't the league's worst. Cleveland has gone through 19 starting QBs since 2000, and has averaged just over five wins per season since the turn of the century.
30. Houston Texans - 87 points
Have to give some props to the Texans here -- while the franchise is the third-worst in our rankings, Houston gets robbed a bit due to the fact that its first season wasn't until 2002-03. Coming in as an expansion team isn't easy, but the Texans have managed to advance in the playoffs twice. It makes the Lions and Browns look even worse.
29. Buffalo Bills - 88 points
It hasn't exactly been the golden era for the Bills since the turn of the century -- or mayb