Under the lead of quarterback elite Alex Smith, cornerback Josh Norman, and future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson, things seem to be shaping up well for the Washington Redskins. Currently ranked first in the NFC East, there is without a doubt that the Redskins have what it takes to make a strong push in the playoffs and possibly add another Super Bowl title to their previous three. Despite their rocky stretch of seasons, Redskins fans have been nothing but fully dedicated to being invested in their own. Yet, although this seems to have a negative effect as Redskins fans are notorious for booing their home team, it demonstrates the passion that they hold and the intense emotions they feel when they want their team to do even better.
The Oakland Raiders have one of the more eventful histories among professional sports franchises. The team, founded in Oakland in 1960, left for the big city in 1982- Los Angeles. But, 12 years later, they would pack their bags and return home. Now, unhappy with their stadium, the Raiders have plans to move to Las Vegas for the 2019 season. Through all of this, Raiders fans have been tasked with staying with a team that seems to constantly challenge their loyalty.
The problem that not many see is that the Raiders have never had a stadium of their own. While fans may see it as an abandonment, the Raiders might just be looking for a home. Be it anger over relocation or a desire to start winning again, Raiders fans have found a way to remain some of the most rowdy and electric fans in the league. With a history like the Raiders’, it would be impossible to not have masses of out-of-market fans. Raiders fans don’t just sit around and complain. Rather, they have established hubs across the country that unite fans to root for their favorite team together.
The Detroit Lions are a hidden gem in the NFL. Although among the four teams who have yet to make a Super Bowl appearance, the Lions never fail to play their hearts out and excite the fans not only in Ford Field, but also those who are watching around the world. One thing is for sure, there is never a lack of talent on the field.
Previous greats such as Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson Jr., along with current stars Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson are a testament to how steeply talented the Lions organization has been, is now, and hopefully will continue be. With their new coveted head coach Matt Patricia, from the Patriots, there is no doubt that the Lions will make a statement year soon and prove to the league that they have been underrated throughout all these years.
The New York Giants have struggled as of late. After a 3-13 2017 campaign, the Giants currently sit at 2-7. And yet, week after week, their stadium is full. The Giants are unique in that they possess a quality that most other professional football teams could only dream of: perpetual relevancy. Despite their objective failure in the past two seasons, the Giants remain one of the most popular professional teams for three main reasons. Primarily, the New York sports market is both the largest and one of the most lucrative markets in the country.
Even while consistently losing, the Giants can always rely on thorough and exciting media coverage that reaches the entire country. Secondly, the Giants remain relevant because some of the most polarizing stars in the sport always seem to find their way to the team. Players like Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins always find a way to remain in the spotlight. Love them or hate them, nobody can stop watching them play.
And finally, perhaps the most important contributor to the Giants’ reputation is their fans. Year in and year out, Giants fans keep showing up to games and engaging in the community. Whether they are enjoying success or toughing out failure, you’ll be hearing about the Giants. Their fans and their city will make sure of it.
When it comes to history, it’s hard to match the San Francisco 49ers. They are tied for second among all teams with 5 Super Bowl Wins. They dominated the league in the 80’s and 90’s, winning 5 Super Bowls in a 13 year span, including back to back wins in ‘88 and ‘89. Led by two of the greatest players of all time, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, the Niners were an unstoppable force.
Following a playoff drought in the early 2000’s, the team returned to prominence under Jim Harbaugh, a brief but impressive run highlighted by a trip to the Super Bowl in 2012. Though the team has struggled lately, the future is bright in Santa Clara. With young franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and emerging starts like tight end George Kittle, defensive end DeForest Buckner, and linebacker Fred Warner, a return to postseason glory seems imminent for the 49ers.
The sudden rise of the Minnesota Vikings is no coincidence. With the acquisition of Kirk Cousins and the emergence of the elite pass-catching duo of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, the Vikings are gearing up for something special. As the season progresses, the Vikings will look to make a playoff push, and, to make it to the big stage, they’ll need their fans behind them.
If loud enough, sound can be very harmful to human ears. Any sound above 85 decibels can cause permanent damage. Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field have been recorded at as loud as 137.6 decibels, twice setting the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium crowd. However, it is impossible to quantify the passion and intensity of Seahawks fans. They always produce an electric atmosphere, both in and out of the stadium, with their steadfast devotion to the team. With a string of playoff appearances in the last 20 years and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances including a victory over Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Seahawks fans have had plenty to cheer for. Though the team has struggled through some difficult recent seasons, Seahawks fans have never wavered, ready for the team’s return to postseason glory.
Philadelphia Eagles fans are by far the scrappiest and may be the most spirited fans in the NFL. They never fail to make the opposing team feel uncomfortable. Through the success of the Eagles in the 2018 playoffs, fans all around the league began to notice the passion that their fans had. Notoriously known for mocking the Vikings “skol” chant and defying the Philadelphia police’s use of hydraulic fluid to prevent fans from climbing light poles, there seems to be no limit to what Eagles fans are willing to do to support their team. Some instances, the fans have ridden their spirit to such extremes that it seems that they may be a key factor in the success of the organization.
Few franchises can match the prestige and history of the Miami Dolphins. Winning Super Bowls VII and VIII established the Dolphins as an NFL powerhouse from its outset. In 1972-1973, the Dolphins became the only team ever to complete a perfect season with a Super Bowl victory. Legendary names such as Don Shula and Dan Marino, both of whom are among the greatest ever in their respective roles, characterize this rich history. While the Dolphins haven’t appeared in a Super Bowl in over 30 years, their luck would appear to be turning around, with the team returning to the playoffs in 2016. Led by young head coach Adam Gase and emerging stars such as cornerback Xavien Howard, running back Kenyan Drake, and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, the future looks bright in Miami.
While in their 100th season, the Green Bay Packers are, and always have been, a team to look out for. Having four Super Bowl titles under their belt and currently being led by star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are looking just as good as they always do this season. The symbolic green and gold represents none other than Green Bay. It is clear to why celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, and Ellen Degeneres support the team. To outsiders, how the Packers have remained relevant throughout all these years seems to be a mystery, yet the answer is very clear: the fans.