32 NFL teams. 50 states. Millions of fans.
We thought it would be interesting to take a look at which NFL teams reign supreme. First, we’re breaking down which teams are the most popular in the nation. Second, we will look at who is the most likable in the league. Third, we will break down the country to see which team is most popular in each state. Let’s get started!
Most Popular in the Nation
The popularity of “America’s Team” remains year after year. You either love them or you hate them, but the Cowboys and Tony Romo certainly have a large fan base. Even through their worst times, fans are still cheering and the team is still somehow relevant.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are the only publicly-owned team and very much a great one at that. They consistently sell out of games even during their less than stellar times. It’s hard not to love this “small town” NFL team who has brought about some of the greatest in the game including Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau and Brett Favre.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are another team you either love or hate. There is no middle ground. They don’t rank particularly high on the likeability scale, but their fan base is large. Due to their talent and success plus their evil genius of a coach, it’s really no wonder they are one of the most popular teams in the NFL. And there’s certainly never a dull moment with the Patriots.
The Steelers have a large national fan base, and you can see this by going to Steelers’ away games. They’re a genuine team with good talent that has made them a powerhouse over the years. Plus, they’ve won 6 Super Bowls…without controversy, might I add.
The Broncos have been a model of excellence throughout NFL history. Their recent increase in popularity is likely due to Peyton Manning and their Super Bowl success, but nevertheless, they’ve always had a loyal fan base even during their losing seasons.
Most Likable in the Nation
Green Bay Packers
Almost everyone loves the Green Bay Packers…unless you’re a Chicago Bears fan, of course. They’ve consistently been a good team year after year, and there’s no denying they’re fun to watch.
Although not exactly the best team in the NFL in recent history, the Dolphins have just been a fun team to support. The ’72 Dolphins are still the only team to finish a Super Bowl unbeaten and untied and then go on to win the Super Bowl. Then you have the glory years with Dan Marino and his million yards. Plus, the Dolphins were in an Ace Ventura movie, so that takes the cake.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs make the list because of their Midwestern charm and diehard fans. They may not have had a lot of success over the years, but their abundance of support from fans makes up for it.
Similar to the Chicago Cubs in the MLB, the Buffalo Bills are the loveable losers in the NFL. How can you not love the team who lost four consecutive Super Bowls? They also have a very loyal and entertaining fan base that makes this underdog team one of the most likeable in the league.
People like the Steelers because they don’t take shortcuts to success. They’re a smaller market team from a blue collar town who arguably have some of the greatest owners in sports.
Most Popular By State
Alabama: Atlanta Falcons
Alaska: Seattle Seahawks
Arizona: Arizona Cardinals
Arkansas: Dallas Cowboys
California: San Diego Chargers
Colorado: Denver Broncos
Connecticut: New York Giants
Delaware: Philadelphia Eagles
Florida: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Georgia: Atlanta Falcons
Hawaii: San Francisco 49ers
Idaho: Seattle Seahawks
Illinois: Chicago Bears
Indiana: Indianapolis Colts
Iowa: Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas: Kansas City Chiefs
Kentucky: Cincinnati Bengals
Louisiana: New Orleans Saints
Maine: New England Patriots
Maryland: Baltimore Ravens
Massachusetts: New England Patriots
Michigan: Detroit Lions
Minnesota: Minnesota Vikings
Mississippi: New Orleans Saints
Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs
Montana: Seattle Seahawks
Nebraska: Kansas City Chiefs
Nevada: San Diego Chargers
New Hampshire: New England Patriots
New Jersey: New York Giants
New Mexico: Dallas Cowboys
New York: Buffalo Bills
North Carolina: Carolina Panthers
North Dakota: Minnesota Vikings
Ohio: Cleveland Browns
Oklahoma: Dallas Cowboys
Oregon: Seattle Seahawks
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Eagles
Rhode Island: New England Patriots
South Carolina: Carolina Panthers
South Dakota: Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee: Tennessee Titans
Texas: Dallas Cowboys
Utah: Denver Broncos
Vermont: New England Patriots
Virginia: Washington Redskins
Washington: Seattle Seahawks
West Virginia: Pittsburgh Steelers
Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers
Wyoming: Denver Broncos
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