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The 20 best “three-season” teams during the NFL’s Super Bowl era

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With each Green Bay Packers win this season, the conversation on sports radio gets deeper and deeper into “the best of all-time?” debate:┬áIf the Pack goes 16-0 and wins the Super Bowl, are they the best team ever? Some people have argued that one season does not a “best team ever” make.

Let me muddy the waters a bit…

What about looking at more than one season; say, three seasons. Who is the best team ever over a three-season period?

Well, here’s one person’s take on that question. Following is my list of the 20 best “three-season” teams in the NFL Super Bowl era (since 1966). The teams are listed with their regular season record during that three-year period and significant playoff feats.

Do you agree or disagree with the list? Let me know.

1. Miami Dolphins, 1971-73. Regular season record: 36-5-1 (.869)… Won two Super Bowls; lost one Super Bowl

2. Miami Dolphins, 1972-74. Regular season record: 37-5 (.881)… Won two Super Bowls

3. Green Bay Packers, 1965-67. Regular season record: 31-9-2 (.762)… Won two Super Bowls; won NFL Championship

4. Denver Broncos, 1996-98. Regular season record: 39-9 (.813)… Won two Super Bowls

5. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-76. Regular season record 32-9-1 (.774)… Won two Super Bowls; lost conference championship game

6. New England Patriots, 2003-2005. Regular season record 38-10 (.792)… Won two Super Bowls

7. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1973-75. Regular season record 32-9-1 (.792)… Won two Super Bowls

8. Oakland Raiders, 1974-76. Regular season record 36-6 (.857)… Won one Super Bowl; lost two conference championship games

9. Chicago Bears, 1985-87. Regular season record 40-7 (.851)… Won one Super Bowl

10. Washington Redskins, 1982-84. Regular season record 33-8 (.805)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

11. Oakland Raiders, 1975-77. Regular season record 35-7 (.833)… Won one Super Bowl; lost two conference championship games

12. Dallas Cowboys, 1976-78. Regular season record 35-9 (.795)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

13. Chicago Bears, 1984-86. Regular season record 39-9 (.813)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one conference championship

14. Indianapolis Colts, 2005-2007. Regular season record 39-9 (.813)… Won one Super Bowl

15. Dallas Cowboys, 1975-77. Regular season record 33-9 (.786)…Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

16. Baltimore Colts, 1968-70. Regular season record 32-8-2 (.786)… Won one Super Bowl; lost one Super Bowl

17. Oakland Raiders, 1967-69. Regular season record 37-4-1 (.893)… Lost one Super Bowl

18. Minnesota Vikings, 1973-75. Regular season record 34-8 (.810)… Lost two Super Bowls

19. Minnesota Vikings, 1969-71. Regular season record 35-7 (.833)… Lost one Super Bowl

20. Minnesota Vikings, 1974-76. Regular season record 33-8-1 (.798)… Lost two Super Bowls