The NFL For Rookies – Which Team To Follow?

As a follower of any sport, it makes it far more interesting and personable if you have a favourite team to support. American football is no exception but which NFL team to follow?

Here I will list all thirty-two NFL teams and break them down into reasons supporters of British football teams may choose to select them as ‘my team’.

Some teams may be mentioned more than once if we see more than one team to connect them with.

Location of NFL team
The United States and all 32 NFL franchise locations

League Structure

The thirty-two teams are put into eight divisions of four. These divisions are collected into two conferences of sixteen, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. The two conferences were formed when the NFL (National Football League) merged with the competing AFL (American Football League) in 1970. The NFC represents the older and more established NFL, while the AFC represents the ‘upstart’ AFL.

Each team in a division will face their three rivals twice per year which immediately gives some strong rivalries, although some inter-divisional rivalries have also built up over the years such as the Raiders vs the Steelers and the Cowboys vs the Packers. The scheduling formula used by the NFL ensures that every franchise will play every other franchise at least once every four years.

AFC - NFC Logos
The AFC and NFC logos – both representing a time of rival leagues coming together to form what we now know as the modern National Football League (NFL)

The AFC Conference

AFC North (page 2)
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC East (page 3)
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets
AFC South (page 4)
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
AFC West (page 5)
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers

The NFC Conference

NFC North (page 6)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
NFC East (page 7)
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Football Team
NFC South (page 8)
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC West (page 9)
Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks

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