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Top NFL Teams: #9 Denver Broncos

At #9 in the FanWide Top NFL Teams Ranking is the Denver Broncos. This team seems to always be around in January. The Broncos have had two of the best quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. When John Elway was the starting quarterback for the Broncos he was a part of many people who changed the culture in Denver. Since then, the same culture has been in place. In fact, Denver’s winning culture is so special, Peyton Manning decided to go to Denver at the tail-end of his career. The kings of the Mile High have won three super bowls, and more importantly have fans that are incredibly loyal. Although the Broncos had a season of disappointment in 2018, there is a lot to look forward to in Denver considering the Broncos just recently acquired past Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco.

Broncos Fans in Austin, Texas gathering for a big game. | Photo courtesy of thelocalpubandpatio

Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:

10) Seattle Seahawks

 

Teams were evaluated in 12 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Broncos graded out as follows:

 

Category Count NFL Rank
FanWide Fan Clubs 42 22
Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter in millions) 7.64 7
Forbes Value (in billion) 2.65 11
Nationally televised games (2018) 5 11
Playoff Wins (past 10 years) 6 6
Playoff Wins (all time) 23 8
Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years) 1 2 (tie)
Super Bowl Wins (all time) 3 7
All-Stars (past 10 years) 23 6
Hall of Famers 11 22
Average Attendance (2018) 76,446 5
Average Attendance Percentage (2018) 100.4 6

 

Number of Fan clubs: 42 (22)

The Broncos have 42 fan clubs listed with FanWide. If you want to start your own Broncos fan club, please contact FanWide today.

 

Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter): 7.64 (7)

The Broncos rank at number 7 in aggregate social media followers. NFL franchises have started to use social media as a platform to build connections with their fans and increase fan interest.

 

FanWide uses the number of followers each NFL team has on their Instagram and Twitter page, and the number of likes each team has on Facebook, as a way to determine how popular each NFL team is.

 

Forbes value (billion): 2.65 (11)

The value of the Denver Broncos is 2.65 billion dollars, which is ranked 11th in the NFL. The value of each NFL team is based off of multiple factors such as stadium value, revenue and operating income from the 2017 season and revenue from non-NFL events such as concerts if the team also operates the stadium.

 

National Games Televised in 2019: 5 (11 – tie)

Nationally televised games are decided based off of the success of the team in the preceding season and the popularity of the team. Generally, nationally televised games tend to favor the “big markets”. The Broncos had 5 nationally televised games last year, which gave the Broncos a rank of 11.

 

Number of playoff wins (past 10 years): 6 (6)

Recent playoff success, even if it doesn’t culminate in a championship, is still an important indicator of team success. The Broncos rank six in this category due to the polarizing play of Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. Tim Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 Wild Card Round and Peyton Manning led the Broncos to two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl 50)

 

Number of playoff wins (all time): 23 (8)

The Broncos rank 8th in number of playoff wins all time. The playoff success of a certain team is integral in a boost in fan popularity, especially historically. The success of the Terrell Davis/John Elway led Broncos in the 1990’s is key in the reasoning of the Broncos cracking the top 10 on our list.

 

Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years): 1 (2 – tie)

The Broncos are tied in second in Super Bowl wins the past 10 years with their win in Super Bowl 50. A lot of people like being part of a fan base that supports a team that seems to make an appearance in the Super Bowl every year in recent memory. Watching greatness is something many fans are eager to be a part of.

 

Super Bowl Wins (all time): 3 (7)

The Broncos are ranked 7th in Super Bowl wins all time. Considering the Super Bowl was established 53 years ago, Super Bowl wins are vital when analyzing a team’s value and fan base. Super Bowl appearances increase a team’s exposure by engaging fans worldwide. It is important to consider historical championships, as they have played a role in building a current fan base.

 

Number of All Stars (past 10 years): 23 (6)

The Broncos have been a team with a lot of all-stars in recent memory. Superstars like Von Miller, Champ Bailey, and Peyton Manning have created the winning culture in Denver.

 

Hall of Famers: 11 (22)

The Broncos are ranked 22nd in the NFL with Hall of Famers. Hall of Famers represent an NFL team’s success on and off the field throughout a franchise’s history. Similar to All-Star players, Hall of Famers carried their team towards a victory and also increased the amount of fan interest demonstrated on any particular team.

Fanwide used the amount of players inducted into the Hall of Fame from each team in order to measure the success of a particular team and their popularity in the past.

 

Average Attendance per NFL game (2018): 76,446 (5)

The Broncos ranked 5th in average attendance per NFL team last season. Team popularity is often correlated to teams with “big markets”. Generally the teams that are in the “big markets” play in the largest stadiums. For example, the Jets, Giants, Cowboys, and Rams play in the top five largest stadiums by capacity.

 

Average Home Capacity Percentage (2018): 100.4% (6)

The Broncos ranked 6th in average home capacity percentage last season. Although the size of the stadium is integral in engaging the most amount of fans, another way FanWide takes attendance into the ranking is the percentage of a stadium filled.

 

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