NFL shutouts: When was the last time your team was shutout?

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Since 2000, there have been 99 shutouts in the NFL. Last season there were five, with the St. Louis Rams being shutout in a pair of games. The Raiders, Redskins and Seahawks were the other three teams shutout in a game in 2011. The fewest shutouts since 2000 was four in 2004, while the most shutouts in a season since 2000 were 15 in the 2006 regular season.

The Denver Broncos are the NFL franchise that has the longest  time span since their last shutout. The last time the Broncos were shutout was November 22, 1992, when they lost 24-0 to the Raiders. With the addition of Peyton Manning at QB, you have to wonder if that streak will continue to grow as long as Manning is at the helm. Manning’s Colts were never shutout in a regular-season game during his career in Indianapolis. They did lose one playoff game in January 2003 to the New York Jets, 41-0.

Following is the last time each of the NFL teams was shutout in a regular season game.

Year, team (date of shutout)

1992: Denver Broncos (11/22)

1993: Indianapolis Colts (12/26)

1996: New York Giants (12/1)

1999: San Diego Chargers (10/31)

2002: New Orleans Saints (1/6); Baltimore Ravens (9/15); Carolina Panthers (11/24); Chicago Bears (12/29)

2003: Arizona Cardinals (9/14); Dallas Cowboys (11/16); Houston Texans (12/7)

2004: Atlanta Falcons (12/5)

2006: Green Bay Packers (11/19); Pittsburgh Steelers (11/26); New England Patriots (12/10)

2007: Minnesota Vikings (11/11)

2008: Buffalo Bills (12/28)

2009: Cincinnati Bengals (1/3); Tampa Bay (9/27); Jacksonville Jaguars (10/11); Detroit Lions (10/18); Cleveland Browns (11/16)

2010: Philadelphia Eagles (1/3); New York Jets (10/31); Miami Dolphins (11/18); San Francisco 49ers (11/21); Tennessee Titans (11/28); Kansas City Chiefs (12/12)

2011: Seattle Seahawks (9/18); Oakland Raiders (10/23); Washington Redskins (10/30); St. Louis Rams (12/24)

Following are the number of times since 2000 that each team has been shutout.

11: Cleveland

7: Cincinnati, Miami

6: Oakland

5: Buffalo, St. Louis, Washington

4: Dallas, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

3: Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee

2: Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, New England

1: Baltimore, Houston, Minnesota, New Orleans

0: Denver, Indianapolis, New York Giants, San Diego

Just in case you were wondering, the defensive team with the most shutouts since 2000 are the Baltimore Ravens with nine. The Steelers have won with eight shutouts since 2000, and New England, Seattle and Tampa Bay have each had seven shutouts. Six different teams have not had a defensive shutout in this century: Arizona, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington.

When you look at playoff games, there have been only 21 shutouts in playoff games since 1966 when the Super Bowl was first introduced. The last playoff shutout was in 2005 when the Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Giants 23-0 in an NFC first-round contest. The most shutouts in a playoff season were in 1985 when there were three. Two of those shutouts were wins by the Chicago Bears, who shutout the Giants and L.A. Rams on their way to winning the 1986 Super Bowl.

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