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Teams with most regular-season wins in NFL history

At the start of the 2019 National Football League (NFL) season, the Chicago Bears had won the most regular-season games in the history of the competition. The Bears have made two Super Bowl appearances and were crowned champions for the only time in the 1985 season.

How is an NFL season structured?

Each NFL season is split into two distinct competition formats: regular season and postseason. The regular season refers to the sport’s league format, where a team competes to finish as high as possible in their respective division and overall conference. The postseason is a knockout tournament involving the best teams from each conference. The final game of the postseason is called the Super Bowl and is played between the winners of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

The origins of the game

The Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals are the only two teams currently playing that were founder members of the original American Professional Football Association in 1920 – the competition was renamed the NFL in 1922. Interestingly, the Arizona Cardinals were named the Chicago Cardinals for that inaugural season in 1920, whereas the Chicago Bears were known as the Decatur Staleys.

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

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2019

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 Football Team: Boston Braves, 1932; Boston Washington Football Team, 1933-1936; Washington Football Team, 1937-present

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