Great Sports Rivalries

The 3 Most Popular Team Rivalries In The NFL

Whether it’s for reasons of geography, familiarity or just traditional, the NFL has a number of hotly-contested and always-anticipated rivalries. Probably the most heated current rivalry is the hard-fought battles between AFC North foes Baltimore and Pittsburgh. With Baltimore’s recent Super Bowl victory, the 2013 meetings will no doubt take on even more intensity. They split their two meetings in 2012, with three points being the margin in each game. Overall, there have been 37 matchups between the two, the Steelers holding a 21-15 edge.

The NFL’s oldest rivalry is between NFC North adversaries Chicago and Green Bay. They first played in 1921 and have faced each other 187 times and the 92-89-6 slight edge to the Bears demonstrates how closely-fought this iconic rivalry has been. As a result, even the overall point total in the rivalry (including two postseason meetings) is remarkably close with the Bears scoring 3,168 points to 3,110 for the Packers. This averages out to 16.9 ppg for Chicago, 16.6 for Green Bay.

Since “Cowboys and Indians” are traditional rivals, it only stands to reason that Dallas and Washington would share a natural dislike for each other. Long described as the “NFL’s top all-time rivalry,” the NFC East foes have clashed 106 times since 1960, with the Cowboys holding a 62-42-2 advantage. Recognizing the intense fan interest in the rivalry, the NFL has scheduled Dallas-Washington fifteen times on Monday Night Football, with Dallas having the slightest of edges, 8-7.

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