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More strange seasons

Posted by Doug on July 6, 2007

Quick post today...

There was some chatter in the comments to Wednesday's post about looking at teams' records against opponents that were better than they were and against opponents that were worse than they were.

Since the merger, there have been 13 teams that did not beat a team that was their superior or lose to a team that was their inferior (as measured, of course, by the simple rating system). As would be expected, most of those teams had either very good or very bad records, with an extreme example being provided by the 1972 Dolphins. This was also mentioned, by DolFan316, in the comments to Wednesday's post.

WOBT stands for Wins Over Better Teams, LAWT means Losses Against Worse Teams, and the final column is the total. Note that home field advantage has been incorporating in deciding who was the "better" team in a given game. For instance, the 1998 Dolphins were considered better than the Bills in Miami, but worse than the Bills in Buffalo. They split with Buffalo that year, but still appear on the list below.

 Tm  Yr     record  WOBT LAWT
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buf 1978    5-11-0    0   0   0
oak 1970    8- 4-2    0   0   0
mia 1972   14- 0-0    0   0   0
det 2001    2-14-0    0   0   0
tam 1976    0-14-0    0   0   0
den 1975    6- 8-0    0   0   0
bal 1982    0- 8-1    0   0   0
sfo 1974    6- 8-0    0   0   0
atl 1998   14- 2-0    0   0   0
mia 1998   10- 6-0    0   0   0
was 1986   12- 4-0    0   0   0
cin 1976   10- 4-0    0   0   0
stl 1975   11- 3-0    0   0   0

Here are the teams that were involved in the most upsets:

 Tm  Yr     record  WOBT LAWT
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was 2000    8- 8-0    6   5  11
phi 1983    5-11-0    5   5  10
cle 2002    9- 7-0    6   4  10
chi 1989    6-10-0    5   5  10
nyj 1999    8- 8-0    5   5  10
nyj 1983    7- 9-0    5   5  10
cin 2003    8- 8-0    6   3   9
nyj 2000    9- 7-0    5   4   9
det 1993   10- 6-0    6   3   9
chi 1993    7- 9-0    4   5   9
oak 1999    8- 8-0    3   6   9
min 1983    8- 8-0    6   3   9
rai 1993   10- 6-0    6   3   9
bal 1980    7- 9-0    5   4   9
sfo 1988   10- 6-0    4   5   9

Finally, here is the 2006 list:

 Tm  Yr     record  WOBT LAWT
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was 2006    5-11-0    4   4   8
sea 2006    9- 7-0    4   3   7
ten 2006    8- 8-0    6   1   7
jax 2006    8- 8-0    0   7   7
stl 2006    8- 8-0    4   3   7
atl 2006    7- 9-0    4   3   7
cin 2006    8- 8-0    4   3   7
sfo 2006    7- 9-0    6   1   7
min 2006    6-10-0    3   3   6
det 2006    3-13-0    2   4   6
den 2006    9- 7-0    3   3   6
nyg 2006    8- 8-0    4   2   6
car 2006    8- 8-0    4   2   6
mia 2006    6-10-0    2   4   6
buf 2006    7- 9-0    3   3   6
hou 2006    6-10-0    4   2   6
nyj 2006   10- 6-0    4   2   6
nwe 2006   12- 4-0    1   4   5
phi 2006   10- 6-0    2   3   5
nor 2006   10- 6-0    1   4   5
gnb 2006    8- 8-0    4   1   5
pit 2006    8- 8-0    1   4   5
dal 2006    9- 7-0    0   5   5
kan 2006    9- 7-0    2   2   4
cle 2006    4-12-0    3   1   4
tam 2006    4-12-0    4   0   4
bal 2006   13- 3-0    0   3   3
ari 2006    5-11-0    2   1   3
ind 2006   12- 4-0    1   2   3
chi 2006   13- 3-0    0   2   2
oak 2006    2-14-0    1   0   1
sdg 2006   14- 2-0    0   1   1

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