Best Teams Ever bracket: NFL edition, Round 1

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  • The only perfect season in NFL history (17-0).

  • Led the NFL in runs scored and allowed runs.

  • Led the NFL in total attack and total defense.

The dolphins get the number 1 overall because of their perfect season that they will not let you forget. Miami didn’t have the toughest schedule, but there’s a reason no other NFL team has ever run the table. Nine dolphins made the Pro Bowl in 1972.

The Miami Dolphins carry coach Don Shula off the field after Super Bowl VII. (AP photo / file)

  • Only 16-0 regular season in NFL history.

  • Highest point difference in NFL history (plus-315).

  • No. 2 all time in runs scored (589).

  • Tom Brady threw 50 touchdowns and Randy Moss hit a record 23 in one season. Why are the patriots the seed No. 16? They are the only non-champion in the field. “Data-reactid =” 66 “> The 2007 Patriots destroyed the rest of the league … until they met the giants in Super Bowl XLII Tom Brady threw 50 touchdowns and Randy Moss hit a record one season 23. Why the Patriots are the seed No. 16. They are the only non-champions in the field.

    The “Greatest Show on Turf” is perhaps the most unexpectedly great team in NFL history. Kurt Warner got the nod when Trent Green suffered a knee injury in the preseason and Warner eventually won the regular season’s MVP and Super Bowl MVP.

  • Won 13 of the last 14 including playoffs.

  • Average of 43.7 points in three playoff wins.

  • Steve Young won MVP with 35 passing TDs.

  • The 1994 49ers started 3-2 with a 40-8 blowout against the Eagles. Then they caught fire, with Steve Young and Jerry Rice leading the attack and seasonally added Deion Sanders winning NFL defensive player of the year.

  • 13 wins in the regular season set a new team record.

  • Three playoff wins averaged 23 points.

  • Six attacking starters named after Pro Bowl.

  • The decline of Emmitt Smith (22) and quarterback Troy Aikman (8) helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls in four years. (Photo by James Smith / Getty Images)

    The decline of Emmitt Smith (22) and quarterback Troy Aikman (8) helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls in four years. (Photo by James Smith / Getty Images)

    The 1962 Packers were Vince Lombardi’s best team, but we’ve only considered Super Bowl-era teams for the braces. The Super Bowl I champions were still great, with eight players getting the first team All-Pro.

    1975 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 1998 Denver Broncos

  • Second of four Super Bowls in 1970.

  • Eight defensive starters made Pro Bowl.

  • Allowed 17 points or less in 15 of the 17 games.

  • You can make an argument for any of the four “Steel Curtain” teams, but the 1975 team had a run difference of plus -15.1 points per game in the regular season. It is a team filled with iconic attack and defense players.

  • Started season 13-0.

  • Second of two straight Super Bowls.

  • Terrell Davis (2,008 rushing yards) was the NFL MVP.

  • John Elway’s last season was dominant for Denver, which won the three postseason games with 35, 13 and 15 points. Davis had one of the big seasons for NFL history and seven attacking starters made the Pro Bowl.

    1984 San Francisco 49ers vs. 2006 Indianapolis Colts

    The 1988 and 1989 49ers were great too, but the 1984 edition is one of only two 15-1 teams in NFL history to also win a Super Bowl. Their 38-16 demolition of a great 1984 Dolphins team was a highlight of Joe Montana’s great career.

    Quarterback Joe Montana won Super Bowl XIX MVP. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)

    Quarterback Joe Montana won Super Bowl XIX MVP. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)

  • Started 9-0.

  • No. 2 in NFL in runs scored, No. 3 in total foul.

  • Allowed 14 combined points in the first two playoff wins.

  • Five-time MVP Peyton Manning’s only Super Bowl title team in Indianapolis had a fantastic attack with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Then the defense suddenly came to life in the playoffs.

    1991 Washington Redskins vs. 1971 Dallas Cowboys

  • 14-2, two losses with five combined points.

  • 12 double digit wins including playoffs.

  • Led NFL with 485 runs scored.

  • The 1991 Redskins didn’t have many big stars, but are a favorite of analytics. Led by a shocking breakout season by quarterback Mark Rypien, the Redskins got very close to the only 19-0 season in NFL history.

  • Nine Hall of Fame players.

  • Led the NFL in runs scored and yards won.

  • Won last 10 games including playoffs.

  • This was the year when Roger Staubach finally became a star. The Cowboys went 13-0 in the Staubach starts, including play-offs. This was Tom Landry’s first Super Bowl after years of criticism that he couldn’t win the big one.

    1976 Oakland Raiders vs. 2016 New England Patriots

    John Madden’s only Super Bowl title team was great. They beat the Steelers and Vikings, two of the best teams of the 70’s, with a combined 35 points in the playoffs to win it all.

    Many Patriots teams could have been on the field, but 2016 was a great year. The Patriots finished in the top eight in runs scored, total offense, points allowed and total defense. Brady set an amazing 28-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, an NFL record.

    1985 Chicago Bears vs. 1996 Green Bay Packers

    The 1985 Bears are probably the most famous single team in NFL history, thanks to their cast of characters, the great ’46’ defense, and a foul with Walter Payton. They are one of two teams in NFL history to go 15-1 and also win a Super Bowl.

    Walter Payton (34) leaves the field with Jim McMahon (9) after the Bears defeated Tampa Bay in the 1985 season opener. (Charles Cherney / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

    Walter Payton (34) leaves the field with Jim McMahon (9) after the Bears defeated Tampa Bay in the 1985 season opener. (Charles Cherney / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

  • NFL led in scored and permitted runs.

  • Won last eight games, all double digits.

  • Brett Favre won the second of three consecutive MVPs.

  • An underestimated team with 14 out of 16 wins, including playoffs, double digits. The attack was led by Favre, the defense by Reggie White and the special teams were also great with a record time of Super Bowl XXXI MVP Desmond Howard.

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