How does a fanbase respond to a 1-31 stretch, including an 0-16 season? Those who are truly passionate about their team stick with them, knowing that better times will come soon. This makes the Browns fanbase one of the best in the NFL. Browns fans have always stuck with their team, through good times and through bad. Even during a difficult two-year stretch for the team, the passion of Browns fans never waned. The Dawg Pound at FirstEnergy Stadium always has the same rowdy, intense energy, win or lose. The team’s difficult stretch, however, appears to be over. It looks likely that Browns fans are soon to be rewarded for their patience with a young roster that may well become a perennial contender.
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently 9-2, driven by an offense rated in the top 3 league-wide in almost every measurable statistic. At this point, it’s not a matter of if they will make the playoffs but how far they will go. The Chiefs have a history of making early playoff exits, and this year, they will be looking to turn a new leaf. With young phenom Patrick Mahomes under center, many followers of the league believe that this could be the year that the Chiefs show the rest of the league that they are more than a regular season team.
The Chiefs have very active fans throughout the country. Unsurprisingly, they are undefeated at home, and their fans’ contributions show up on paper. Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs’ home, is the world’s loudest stadium, a fact that can only be attributed to this particularly devoted fan base. As these first 16 games come to an end, the elite teams of the NFL begin the real season. With a fan base as loud and loyal as theirs, the Chiefs will look to carry their home-field advantage through the post-season and end the year with some hardware.
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.
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.
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.
The Dallas Cowboys are by far one of the most historically dominant organizations in the NFL. Their five Super Bowl titles and legends such as Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, and many more who have all been a part of America’s Team provide a clear testament to why most other fans show nothing but jealousy towards them.
Nowadays, the Cowboys are just as relevant as they were in the past with stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the charge. Their strength throughout the years has been represented not only in their record, but also the passion within their fanbase. Moreover, their fans play a key role in keeping the team spirit high and maintaining the dominance that was established a long time ago.