It was on October 2, 2015 when NFL Network aired a program that showcased the greatest dynasties in the history of the National Football League. The Green Bay Packers teams that were led by legendary head coach Vince Lombardi obviously made the list. Those great Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers squads from eras gone by also checked in. The Buffalo Bills got a shout-out from the official television home of the NFL even though the Bills has still never won the Super Bowl. Some would say that a team that never won a title cannot be labeled as a true NFL dynasty.
We, in making our own list of the top 10 NFL dynasties, did not agree with that assessment. Think back to those Buffalo Bills teams that made a habit out of playing in the Super Bowl in the 1990s. Those teams played against some historic competition, and the Bills were a converted field goal away from defeating the New York Giants and winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy for a first time. The Minnesota Vikings also deserved to be recognized as a dynasty for playing in multiple Super Bowl games despite the fact that the Vikings dropped all of those contests.
Perhaps the Packers do not deserve to be known as the greatest NFL dynasty in history. Maybe the New England Patriots should receive more respect for all that the Patriots have achieved in an era when all NFL clubs are meant to be equal. The Patriots, simply put, are the best organization in all of pro football, and the combination of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady continue to defy logic and maybe fairness by repeatedly winning. Not only did they defeat the NFL by winning a fourth Super Bowl championship. Belichick, Brady and the Patriots even notched a win over NFL commissioner regarding the “Deflate-Gate” matter.
10 1990s Buffalo Bills
9 1969-70s Minnesota Vikings
8 1976-1983 Oakland Raiders
7 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns
6 1970s Miami Dolphins
5 1990s Dallas Cowboys
4 Vince Lombardi Packers
3 1981-1994 San Francisco 49ers
2 21st Century New England Patriots
1 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not just win four Super Bowl championships in the 1970s. Pittsburgh beat what were, to date, some of the best NFL teams ever assembled in the process. What also has to be remembered is that the Steelers may have won another title had Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier not been stopped because of injuries. Fans of the Oakland Raiders may not like to admit it, but there is no question that the Steelers would have had a better chance to beat Oakland in that AFC Championship Game if Harris and Bleier were able to suit up. Even still, those Steelers teams that made a dominant dynasty have to be considered to be some of the greatest squads of the Super Bowl era.
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