NFL Title Belt

October 2, 2016

 

Denver Broncos

VS

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Denver Broncos put their 4 week reign on the line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is the first Title Belt matchup between these two teams.

Bonus fact: The Buccaneers have the longest active NFL Title Belt drought in the league, not having held the belt since 1981. Their drought is 14 years longer than the next longest, held by the Detroit Lions, who haven't had the NFL Title Belt since 1995. The Bucs are 0-14 in NFL Title Belt match-ups since 1981.

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NFL Title Belt Possible Paths

The following chart represents every path the NFL Title Belt can possibly take during the remainder of the 2016 NFL regular season. This chart represents the regular season only. If the holder of the NFL Title Belt after Week 17 makes the NFL Playoffs, the Belt will end up being held by the Super Bowl winner at the conclusion of the season.

By default, the chart is showing how the current Title Belt holder can end up with the Belt. To see how any other team can end up with the belt at the end of the regular season, click on their name or logo. Once it is no longer possible for a team to obtain the NFL Title Belt in the regular season, their logo will be faded.

  • Every team had the opportunity to obtain the belt at the start of the 2016 NFL Season.
  • At the current point in the 2016 NFL Season, 32 teams still have the possibility to finish the regular season holding the NFL Title Belt:
    • Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins
  • At the current point in the 2016 NFL Season, 0 teams have been eliminated from having the possibility to finish the regular season holding the NFL Title Belt.

Special thanks to Martin Colwell for much of the work on this visualization.

Team All-time Weeks Active Weeks* Weeks Since 2002** Individual Reigns Most Losses Longest Reigns Most Recent
Arizona CardinalsARI 14 11 2 6 23 5 2015
Atlanta FalconsATL 35 27 9 14 28 7 2012
Baltimore RavensBAL 6 6 3 3 8 3 2012
Buffalo BillsBUF 29 29 5 15 36 4 2005
Carolina PanthersCAR 6 6 5 5 16 2 2015
Chicago BearsCHI 29 28 4 8 18 7 2009
Cincinnati BengalsCIN 19 15 8 23 6 1997
Cleveland BrownsCLE 28 28 2 15 26 8 2010
Dallas CowboysDAL 67 64 6 21 35 9 2009
Denver BroncosDEN 47 45 13 10 27 15 2016
Detroit LionsDET 9 8 7 29 3 1995
Green Bay PackersGB 40 39 23 13 30 15 2015
Houston TexansHOU 1 1 1 1 5 1 2007
Indianapolis ColtsIND 47 44 25 11 29 9 2013
Jacksonville JaguarsJAX 3 3 1 2 11 2 2006
Kansas City ChiefsKC 34 27 7 14 30 8 2014
Los Angeles RamsLA 41 35 13 14 29 8 2014
Miami DolphinsMIA 34 27 12 13 33 8 2005
Minnesota VikingsMIN 39 34 16 13 32 13 2012
New England PatriotsNE 82 72 49 19 29 13 2015
New Orleans SaintsNO 26 25 4 10 23 7 2012
New York GiantsNYG 38 31 8 9 35 10 2008
New York JetsNYJ 13 12 4 8 31 4 2010
Oakland RaidersOAK 46 46 9 23 45 8 2015
Philadelphia EaglesPHI 27 23 5 11 37 4 2003
Pittsburgh SteelersPIT 45 40 29 13 27 12 2010
San Diego ChargersSD 45 32 17 13 35 9 2014
San Francisco 49ersSF 45 43 11 15 30 8 2013
Seattle SeahawksSEA 22 17 11 9 23 5 2015
Tampa Bay BuccaneersTB 2 2 1 16 2 1981
Tennessee TitansTEN 18 17 6 28 6 1999
Washington RedskinsWAS 32 26 3 13 35 5 2008

About the NFL Title Belt

The NFL Title Belt was inspired by a thread on Reddit.

When the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I, they started the belt. The next team they lost to in the '67 season took the belt from them, and the next team that team lost to took it, and so on. The belt was not lost during ties, and if the team failed to make the playoffs but won their last few games since getting the belt, they keep the belt going in to next year.

  • Every team has held the Title Belt at some point during their existence.
  • The Title Belt is active any week where an NFL game is played, regardless if the current Title Belt holder plays. This means the current Title Belt holder can keep the Title Belt on a bye week, or during a playoff week when they are not playing or did not qualify. Bye weeks and weeks where the Title Belt holder is not qualified to play are indicated by a faded logo.
  • The Title Belt is inactive any week where no NFL game is played. This means during the offseason or during a strike.
  • Title Belt statistics stay with a franchise, regardless of location.
    • The Arizona Cardinals were the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 1988 season.
    • The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are not the same franchise. The Cleveland Browns were active from 1967 - 1995, and again from 1999 - present. The Baltimore Ravens began play in 1996.
    • The Indianapolis Colts were the Baltimore Colts prior to the 1984 season.
    • The Oakland Raiders were the Los Angeles Raiders from 1982 - 1994.
    • The Los Angeles Rams were the St. Louis Rams from 1995 - 2015.
    • The Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers prior to the 1997 season.

Game stats from ProFootballReference.com. Team logos from LogoCDN. Team colors from Arc90.com.