Most One-Sided Divisional Rivalries in the NFL

There are quite a few divisional rivalries with a very one-sided history, especially in the AFC South and anyone involved with the Indianapolis Colts. Among those clashed with one team winning at least 61% of the time, interestingly there are just two from the NFC. 

Falcons over Panthers: 61.36%

Among NFC rivals, no one loses to the Falcons as often as the Panthers, who have lost 27 of their 44 meetings with Atlanta. The rivalry began in 1995, a 23-20 overtime win for Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have won the last 3 meetings between the teams, and had a streak of six consecutive wins going in the early 00’s, that included Michael Vick’s debut against Carolina and a 41-0 shutout, the biggest in this rivalry’s history.

Patriots over Bills: 61.4%

These teams have been playing each other since 1960, but it’s been quite one sided in the new millennium, with the Bills still not making the playoffs since the 1999 season. The Patriots have won 29 of the last 33 games, including 15 in a row from 2003 to 2010. The last time the Bills won both games in one season was in 1999.

Steelers over Bengals: 63.15%

One team has more Super Bowl titles than anyone in the NFL. The other can’t seem to win a playoff game for close to three decades. The Steelers have won 60 of their 95 meetings with the Bengals, including 2-0 in the postseason, the most recent one just last year in a heart crushing manner. The Bengals haven’t won both games in one year since 2009, and actually dominated the series in the 1980s with a 13-6 record.

Texans over Jags: 63.33%

Not much of a rivalry considering both teams have rarely been in contention for anything since Houston entered the league. The Texans have a 19-11 record against Jacksonville, the only team in the division they have a winning record against. The Texans have won six in a row and 11 of their last 13 against the Jags, last beating Houston in 2013.

Vikings over Lions: 64.54%

When going through the numbers for this post, I was surprised to see the Vikings and not the Packers owning the most dominant record against the Lions in the NFC North. A lot of it has to do with the 1970, when the Vikings went 17-3 over the course of the decade, and the 00’s, when Detroit managed only two wins. Overall, the Vikings have a 71-37-2 lead in the series through 110 games, but the Lions have swept them this season, in 2014 and in 2011.

Colts over Jags: 68.75%

The Colts have a 22-10 record against Jacksonville since 1995 (only became division rivals in 2002), with the Peyton Manning era turning into the Andrew Luck era without interruptions in terms of dominating their division rivals. Since Luck was drafted the Colts are 7-3. The Jaguars have won two games in the same season only once, in 2011, without Manning and without Luck.

Colts over Titans: 68.88% (including Baltimore & Houston)

The Colts have a 31-14 record against the Titans over the years, which includes the Baltimore Colts and Houston Oilers. This rivalry began in 1970, and only became Indianapolis vs Tennessee in 2000. The Titans won their first 3 games against Peyton Manning and co., but it’s been all Indianapolis lately, with 11 straight wins and just one loss against the Titans in their last 17 games.

Ravens over Browns: 75%

The most one-sided non-AFC South divisional rivalry on the list, the Ravens have been beating up on the Browns for quite some time, beating Cleveland 27 out of 36 times. This is something of a derby (a twisted one), as the Ravens were the Browns before they packed up and left, meeting the new Browns, with the history of the old Browns reinstated, in 1999. Since sweeping the series in 2007, the Browns have won just twice in 18 games against Baltimore.

Colts over Texans: 76.66%

The Houston Texans have actually won the last three games in this series. But before that? Only 4 wins over 14 years. That’s what happens when you arrive as an expansion franchise just when one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history gets going. The Texans won just one in the first 16 meetings between the two teams, and also lost six in a row from 2012 through 2015.