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NFL Playoffs - Longest Active Playoff Droughts

Since there are only 12 NFL teams that make the postseason every year, that means there is always exactly 20 NFL teams that did not make the playoffs.

Currently, no team has missed the playoffs in more consecutive seasons than the Cleveland Browns (16). The good news for Browns' fans is that only four teams have better Super Bowl odds heading into the 2019 NFL season. At a minimum, they are currently the favorites, according to Vegas, to win the AFC North.

Obviously, if the Browns win their division, they will end their playoff drought.

Longest Active NFL Playoff Droughts

In the table below, you will see the full list of teams that missed the playoffs last season and how long their active playoff drought is.

Franchise# of seasons
Cleveland Browns16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers11
San Francisco 49ers5
Arizona Cardinals3
Cincinnati Bengals3
Denver Broncos3
Washington Redskins3
Detroit Lions2
Green Bay Packers2
Miami Dolphins2
New York Giants2
Oakland Raiders2
Atlanta Falcons1
Buffalo Bills1
Carolina Panthers1
Jacksonville Jaguars1
Minnesota Vikings1
Pittsburgh Steelers1
Tennessee Titans1


Longest Active NFL Playoff Streaks

Due to the parity in the NFL, it's difficult to sustain postseason success. Only the Patriots (10) and Chiefs (four) have made the postseason in more than two consecutive seasons.

With that said, here are the longest active streaks of NFL teams qualifying for the postseason:

Franchise# of seasons
New England Patriots10
Kansas City Chiefs4
Los Angeles Rams2
New Orleans Saints2
Philadelphia Eagles2
Los Angeles Chargers1
Chicago Bears1
Dallas Cowboys1
Houston Texans1
Seattle Seahawks1
Baltimore Ravens1
Indianapolis Colts1


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