Season Recap: The Worst and Best NFL Teams in 2023-24
The NFL regular season is over, and we can now properly appraise the year that was. When thinking of NFL rankings 2023, we can look at which teams did really well and which teams didn’t hit the mark. This NFL team rankings 2023 list calls out a few of the best and worst teams in the 2023-24 NFL season.
The Worst NFL Teams
Not every team had a great year. These teams struggled to find consistency and couldn’t win games when it mattered most.
It was tough sledding for 2023 No. 1 Overall pick Bryce Young and the Panthers. Despite the hype, Young struggled as quarterback, throwing for just 2,877 yards, with 11 interceptions and 10 touchdowns. Miles Sanders, the big-time free agent signing, only rushed for 432 yards and one touchdown. This lack of offense was one of many reasons that the Panthers fired their coach, Frank Reich, mid-season and their general manager, Scott Fitterer, right after the season. Making matters worse? To select Young, the Panthers gave up their first-round pick this year. That pick would’ve been No. 1 overall.
Though the Arizona Cardinals only had four wins, three were against playoff teams, so perhaps that bodes well for the future. But four wins is still just four wins. The team struggled with quarterback Kyler Murray missing half the season, and the defense didn’t help matters by giving up 26.8 points per game, the second-worst in the league.
New England Patriots
It’s surprising to see the Patriots on a list of the worst teams after their two decades of sustained success, but here we are. A lack of passable quarterback play was a huge problem, as they tied for the worst-scoring offense in the league at 13.9 points per game.
The Best NFL Teams
There are many good NFL teams this season, but these are the best NFL teams of 2023.
San Francisco 49ers
Brocky Purdy may have been Mr. Irrelevant as the last pick in the 2022 draft, but he’s certainly relevant now. The quarterback is an MVP candidate after throwing for 4,280 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. Combined with dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey and a punishing defense helmed by linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw, the Niners are a force to be reckoned with as they enter the Big Game football championship to see if they win the title of “best team” this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs emerged as dominant forces this season. Despite facing strong competition, they secured the division title with a 14-3 record and a flawless 6-0 divisional performance. Notable betting successes included Patrick Mahomes surpassing 399.5 passing yards in two regular-season games, cashing in on the Chiefs’ over 10.5 win total, and JuJu Smith-Schuster exceeding 750.5 receiving yards. Mahomes’ standout performances, the team’s consistent high-scoring victories, and strategic bets on player performances contributed to the Chiefs’ success, leading them to the Big Game.
Throughout the season, right up until the very end, the Lions were back on top of the football world after seemingly decades in the cellar. Revitalized by coach Dan Campbell, the Lions were consistently good all season. They got tremendous play from quarterback Jared Goff, who could rely on a double-headed running threat between David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs. They also hit home runs on their first three draft picks – Gibbs, linebacker Jack Campbell, and tight end Sam LaPorta were all major contributors.
Running the ball and getting after the quarterback are two ways to ensure playoff success. In those two categories, no one did it better than the Ravens. The Ravens led the league with 156.5 rushing yards per game and 60 overall sacks. Put into the mix MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, who threw for 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, and you have the recipe for a dangerous team.
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