Most Successful NFL Teams Since 2002

Name the ten most "successful" NFL teams since 2002 (the last time a new team joined the league), based on the following formula:

* Plus/minus 0.25 points for each regular season win above/below 8 (half points for ties)
* 0.5 points for making the playoffs as a wild card; 1 point for making it as a division champion
* 1 point for each playoff win
* 0.5 points for a Super Bowl appearance
* 1 point for a Super Bowl victory
Example: The Atlanta Falcons' score for the 2016 season is 4.25: 0.75 points for having an 11-5 record in the regular season, 1 point for making the playoffs as the NFC South champion, 2 points for their playoff victories in the divisional round and NFC championship game, and 0.5 points for appearing in (but not winning) Super Bowl LI
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Last updated: January 19, 2020
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Best Season
7 (2003, 2004, 2016)
New England Patriots
6.75 (2005)
Pittsburgh Steelers
7.5 (2006)
Indianapolis Colts
6.5 (2010)
Green Bay Packers
6.75 (2013)
Seattle Seahawks
6.75 (2017)
Philadelphia Eagles
7 (2012)
Baltimore Ravens
6.75 (2009)
New Orleans Saints
6.5 (2015)
Denver Broncos
5.25 (2003, 2015)
Carolina Panthers
Level 86
Nov 29, 2019
According to the formula, an average season for the Patriots over this 17-year span is about 4 points, which is equivalent to a 12-4 regular season record, a division title, and winning two playoff games but not making it to the Super Bowl.
Level 86
Nov 29, 2019
Two Super Bowl-winning teams from this era did not make the list, though only one is surprising (the Buccaneers have generally been one of the worst teams in the league since winning Super Bowl XXXVII). The Giants won two Super Bowls, but they narrowly lost the last spot to the Panthers because they have been mediocre or bad most other years.
Level 86
Nov 29, 2019
The set of teams on this list is unlikely to change after the 2019 season. The Panthers aren't having a great year, but their closest competitors (the Giants, Chargers, and Falcons) are all doing even worse. The only team likely to make the playoffs and have a chance of knocking them off is the Cowboys, but they would probably have to win the Super Bowl in order to do so.
Level 86
Jan 19, 2020
Updated for the 2019 season. Neither the Chiefs nor the 49ers can make it on to this list by winning the Super Bowl--though the Chiefs would be insanely close--so it's not going to change any further this year.