Super Bowl LVI
Which NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl?
We have officially made it to the 56th Super, but more than a third of the league has never won the trophy. Discover the teams that are yet to win a title.
2022 will be a year of firsts when it comes to the Super Bowl! The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Los Angeles Rams at the SoFi stadium in California. Although the Rams have one Super Bowl title, they have never won in Los Angeles where the team is now located. The Bengals on the other hand have never won a Super Bowl, so they have the opportunity to take how their first win!
Twelve teams have never won the title and four teams have yet to even reach the Super Bowl.
There are quite a few contenders that are fighting to win their first Super Bowl in 2021 and the two favorites reside in the AFC. The Buffalo Bills are coming off their first conference championship game appearance since 1993 while the Cleveland Browns won their first playoff game since 1995.
In contrast, several teams have won multiple Super Bowls, with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers leading the way with six wins in the big game.
Which of the 12 franchises is the most likely to win the Lombardi trophy?
12. Houston Texans
Houston, the youngest franchise in the NFL, would be much higher on this list if Deshaun Watson's future with the team wasn't uncertain. The Texans did finish 4-12 last season, even as Watson reached career highs in completion percentage (70.2), passing yards (4,823), touchdown passes (33). and quarterback rating (112.4).
Houston, that was only founded and entered the league for the first time in 2002, has reached the playoffs six out of the past 10 seasons.
11. Detroit Lions
The Lions are in the first year of a rebuild, as Dan Campbell looks to change the culture of a team that have never appeared in a Super Bowl and the only franchise from the NFC to have never played for the trophy.
Detroit has a young and talented offensive line to protect new quarterback Jared Goff who is looking to resurrect his career after being traded by the Los Angeles Rams.
10. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are 0-2 all-time in Super Bowl appearances, but Matt Rhule is building something in Carolina as he enters his second year, taking a chance he can resurrect Sam Darnold's career. Out of 35 qualified quarterbacks last season, Darnold finished 33rd in completion percentage, 30th in interception percentage, 32nd in yards per attempt, and 35th in passer rating.
Coach Rhule went 5-11 in his first season as a head coach in the NFL. With a new quarterback and another year in the system, the Panthers could take a step forward in 2021.
9. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons, that traded Julio Jones to the Titans for draft picks, still have Matt Ryan at quarterback, who has thrown for the most passing yards in the league over the last three years and have an emerging star in Calvin Ridley and a game-changing tight end in rookie first-rounder Kyle Pitts.
However, new head coach Arthur Smith has some work to do if the Falcons want to get close to their best regular-season team in franchise history, back in 1998, with a 14-2 record.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
Drafting Ja'Marr Chase over Penei Sewell was a questionable move, especially since Cincinnati's offensive line led to franchise quarterback Joe Burrow tearing his ACL in his rookie season. This year, Burrow has the chance to lead his team to their first victory at the Super Bowl LVI!
The Bengals, that were beaten in both of the franchise’s Super Bowl appearances by the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980s, are so close to a championship!
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are going to be exciting to watch as Urban Meyer is the best college coach to enter the NFL in years, having arguably the most talented quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in Trevor Lawrence.
Jacksonville was the worst team in the league last year, with a 1-15 record, but the Jaguars were competitive in half of their games. The 1999 team boasts the regular-season record in team history at 14-2.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers got the last of the three talented quarterbacks from the 2020 draft class, and possibly the best in Justin Herbert. He will have more protection to connect with a talented cast of offensive players as the team rebuilt their offensive line centered around All-Pro Corey Linsley and first-round pick Rashawn Slater.
The Chargers have an AFL Championship Title to their name going back to 1963. Based in San Diego from 1961 to 2016, the franchise came closest to Super Bowl glory in the 1994 season.
5. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have made the playoffs every odd-year season since coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. The team added Patrick Peterson, Xavier Woods, Sheldon Richardson and Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency and Danielle Hunter has recovered from a neck injury.
Kirk Cousins is a pretty good quarterback and will be surrounded by playmakers like Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Irv Smith.
The Vikings won the NFL Championship in 1969. However, this is part of a four-year overlap where the NFL and AFL Championship winners met in the Super Bowl at the end of the season. Whereas after the 1969 season, the two leagues merged into the NFL as we know it now.
4. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have the talent to win the division, as they added more playmakers to surround Kyler Murray this offseason with A.J. Green and Rondale Moore at wide receiver.
The Cardinals defense significantly improved with the addition of J.J. Watt and the return of Chandler Jones on the pass rush.
The team, that have reached the final game of the season just once since winning the 1947 NFL Championship 73 seasons ago, could win 11-plus games.
3. Tennessee Titans
The Titans will aim to play the Super Bowl after adding Julio Jones. Tennessee already has the game's best running back in Derrick Henry and one of the league's best big-play receivers in A.J. Brown.
The Titans, that added Bud Dupree and Caleb Farley in defence, lost the AFL Championship Games in 1962 and 1967, and the Super Bowl in 1999.
2. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland hasn't been in a position to win a Super Bowl since Bernie Kosar led the franchise to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in the mid-1980s.
Cleveland has the game's top running back tandem in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but they also have a good defense, with the additions of John Johnson III at safety, Anthony Walker and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at linebacker, Jadeveon Clowney at edge rusher, and Greg Newsome II at cornerback.
Cleveland, that lost the NFL Championship in 1969, was inactive for three seasons in the mid-1990s when the original franchise relocated to Baltimore to become the Ravens.
1. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is on the doorstep of reaching the league championship game, thanks to the quality of Josh Allen, considered one of the game's best quarterbacks.
He set the Bills' franchise record for passing yards in a season (4,544) and passing touchdowns (37), finishing with a 107.2 passer rating. Moreover, the team has Stefon Diggs, one of the game's best wide receivers, and Gabriel Davis, one of the underrated young wideouts in the league. And all of them are surrounded by quality players such as cornerback Tre’Davious White and Pro Bowl snub Jordan Poyer.
The Bills are the only team that have ever reached the Super Bowl four consecutive seasons in a row, which makes their lack of success even more heartbreaking.