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4. Avoid the Big Losing Streak

To go one step beyond the preceding part of this study, it should hold true that championship games never struggle for an extended period of time. Sure, the struggles look worse when they come early in the season, and they loom fresher in the minds of fans when they come late in the season. However, any extended losing streak shows a sign of a team that quite simply isn’t up to snuff in the postseason.

The table below examines each Super Bowl combatant’s longest losing streak.

Winners

Losers

SB

Team

Count

 

SB

Team

Count

I66 Packers

1

 I66 Chiefs

1

II67 Packers

2

 II67 Raiders

1

III68 Jets

1

 III68 Colts

1

IV69 Chiefs

1

 IV69 Vikings

1

V70 Colts

1

 V70 Cowboys

2

VI71 Cowboys

1

 VI71 Dolphins

2

VII72 Dolphins

0

 VII72 Redskins

2

VIII73 Dolphins

1

 VIII73 Vikings

1

IX74 Steelers

1

 IX74 Vikings

2

X75 Steelers

1

 X75 Cowboys

2

XI76 Raiders

1

 XI76 Vikings

1

XII77 Cowboys

2

 XII77 Broncos

1

XIII78 Steelers

1

 XIII78 Cowboys

2

XIV79 Steelers

1

 XIV79 Rams

3

XV80 Raiders

2

 XV80 Eagles

2

XVI81 49ers

1

 XVI81 Bengals

1

XVII82 Redskins

1

 XVII82 Dolphins

1

XVIII83 Raiders

1

 XVIII83 Redskins

1

XIX84 49ers

1

 XIX84 Dolphins

1

XX85 Bears

1

 XX85 Patriots

2

XXI86 Giants

1

 XXI86 Broncos

1

XXII87 Redskins

1

 XXII87 Broncos

1

XXIII88 49ers

2

 XXIII88 Bengals

1

XXIV89 49ers

1

 XXIV89 Broncos

2

XXV90 Giants

2

 XXV90 Bills

1

XXVI91 Redskins

1

 XXVI91 Bills

1

XXVII92 Cowboys

1

 XXVII92 Bills

2

XXVIII93 Cowboys

2

 XXVIII93 Bills

2

XXIX94 49ers

1

 XXIX94 Chargers

2

XXX95 Cowboys

2

 XXX95 Steelers

2

XXXI96 Packers

2

 XXXI96 Patriots

2

XXXII97 Broncos

2

 XXXII97 Packers

1

XXXIII98 Broncos

2

 XXXIII98 Falcons

1

XXXIV99 Rams

2

 XXXIV99 Titans

1

XXXV00 Ravens

3

 XXXV00 Giants

2

XXXVI01 Patriots

2

 XXXVI01 Rams

1

XXXVII02 Bucs

1

 XXXVII02 Raiders

4

XXXVIII03 Patriots

1

 XXXVIII03 Panthers

3

XXXIX04 Patriots

1

 XXXIX04 Eagles

2

XL05 Steelers

3

 XL05 Seahawks

1

XLI06 Colts

2

 XLI06 Bears

1

XLII07 Giants

2

 XLII07 Patriots

0

XLIII08 Steelers

1

 XLIII08 Cardinals

2

XLIV09 Saints

3

 XLIV09 Colts

2

XLV10 Packers

2

 XLV10 Steelers

1

XLVI11 Giants

4

 XLVI11 Patriots

2

Perhaps we’re seeing one of the many arguments that support league parity, of course which contradict the many arguments that support the lack of league parity. Who know these days what the answer is, other than that the recently higher scoring league creating higher peaks and lower valleys. When a team struggles, opponents now have more than enough offense to take advantage. No matter how you slice it, this still illustrates an outlier.

The beltway won’t have many fans of this precedent. Both the 2012 Ravens (Weeks 13-15) and 2012 Redskins (Weeks 7-9) lost three consecutive games. At least for Washington, they followed up the losing streak with a seven-game winning streak to close the regular season. Of course, that falls short of the four-game losing streak the 2012 Bengals suffered in Weeks 5-9. The Bengals continue to look like the long shot of all long shots.

 

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