Highest win percentage NFL history

The Dallas Cowboys have the highest all-time winning percentage during the regular season of the National Football League. The franchise has an impressive win percentage of 57.3 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in last place with a regular season win percentage of just 38.5 percent.

Regular season evergreens

With such a high win percentage during the regular season, it is no wonder that the Dallas Cowboys draw in big crowds – the average regular season attendance in the 2018 season stood at 91,619. This figure is almost 15,000 spectators more than the second-placed team, the New York Jets. However, although the Cowboys come out on top in terms of win percentage, it is the Chicago Bears who have won the highest number of regular season games, 749, in NFL history. This high number can be attributed to the fact that the Bears were founded way back in 1920 and are one of only two original remaining franchises from the NFL’s founding in 1920, the other being the Arizona Cardinals.

Who shines in the postseason?

While the regular season may lay the groundwork for success, it is during the postseason that the big teams flex their muscles. The New England Patriots lead the way in the number of wins in the postseason – their 37 wins currently put them two head of the chasing pack, which includes the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is unsurprising, then, that these usual suspects top the list of Super Bowl appearances – the Patriots are top of the pile, having reached the biggest game in football a record 11 times. Of these 11 visits to the Super Bowl, the Patriots have won six. This puts them level with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the highest number of Super Bowl wins of all time.

NFL teams ranked by all-time winning percentage in the regular season (at the start of the 2019 NFL season)*

Winning percentage
Dallas Cowboys57.3%
Chicago Bears56.4%
Green Bay Packers56.4%
New England Patriots56.1%
Miami Dolphins55.6%
Minnesota Vikings54.6%
Baltimore Ravens54.5%
San Francisco 49ers53.9%
New York Giants53.6%
Denver Broncos53.4%
Pittsburgh Steelers52.9%
Indianapolis Colts52.9%
Kansas City Chiefs52.8%
Oakland Raiders52.4%
Cleveland Browns51.1%
Seattle Seahawks51%
Washington Redskins50.4%
Los Angeles Rams50.3%
Carolina Panthers49.6%
Philadelphia Eagles49%
Tennessee Titans48.2%
Buffalo Bills46.6%
Detroit Lions46%
Cincinnati Bengals45.6%
New Orleans Saints45.4%
New York Jets45%
Houston Texans44.5%
Jacksonville Jaguars44.3%
Atlanta Falcons44.2%
Arizona Cardinals42.6%
Los Angeles Chargers40.3%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers38.5%
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August 2019


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Supplementary notes

* Arizona Cardinals: Chicago Cardinals, 1920-1959; St. Louis Cardinals 1960-1987; Phoenix Cardinals, 1988-1993; Arizona Cardinals, 1994-present; Card-Pitt, 1944
Chicago Bears: Decatur Staleys, 1920; Chicago Staleys, 1921; Chicago Bears, 1922-present
Detroit Lions: Portsmouth Spartans, 1930-1933; Detroit Lions, 1934-present
Indianapolis Colts: Baltimore Colts, 1953-1983; Indianapolis Colts, 1984-present
Kansas City Chiefs: Dallas Texans, 1960-1962; Kansas City Chiefs, 1963-present
Los Angeles Rams: Cleveland Rams, 1937-1942, 1944-1945; Suspended operations, 1943; Los Angeles Rams, 1946-1994; St. Louis Rams, 1995-2015
New England Patriots: Boston Patriots, 1960-1970; New England Patriots, 1971-present
New York Jets: New York Titans, 1960-1962; New York Jets, 1963-present
Philadelphia Eagles: Phil-Pitt, 1943
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1933-1939; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1940-present; Phil-Pitt, 1943; Card-Pitt, 1944
Los Angeles Chargers: Los Angeles Chargers, 1960; San Diego Chargers 1961-2016
Tennessee Titans: Houston Oilers, 1960-1996; Tennessee Oilers 1997-1998; Tennessee Titans, 1999-present
Washington Redskins: Boston Braves, 1932; Boston Redskins, 1933-1936; Washington Redskins, 1937-present

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