Saturday, December 13, 2003

Dubious Achievement

Well, with the NFL season winding down and the Redskins all but eliminated from the playoffs, I have the question of what to root for. There's beating the Cowboys and the Eagles and hurting their playoff hopes (or positioning). There's going out on a winning note -- if the Skins run the table, they can avoid a losing season.

But I'm rooting for one sort of odd achievement. How about a Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl? That would mean that the Skins would have beaten both of the Super Bowl teams -- a feat last achieved in 2000...by the Washington Redskins (8-8). OK, and the 2000 Titans (13-3). Still, the Titans had something else to root for that year...they were Super Bowl contenders in their own right. So I asked the questions: How often have teams beaten both Super Bowl teams, and have they ever been worse than the 2000 Skins?

The answers: 11 and yes (thanks to pro-football-reference.com).

The complete list:

  • 2000 Skins (8-8)
  • 2000 Titans (13-3)
  • 1996 Cowboys (10-6)
  • 1993 Dolphins (9-7)
  • 1986 Seahawks (10-6)
  • 1985 Dolphins (12-4)
  • 1981 Browns (5-11)
  • 1980 Cowboys (12-4)
  • 1980 Chargers (11-5)
  • 1979 Chargers (12-4)
  • 1978 Rams (12-4)


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