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.
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 Patriots||10|
|Kansas City Chiefs||4|
|Los Angeles Rams||2|
|New Orleans Saints||2|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1|
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