Overview of the National Football League
Before we get to the List of Teams in the National Football League (NFL), let’s cover a little bit of history and background. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league in the world. From a legal entity perspective, the National Football League is an unincorporated, non-profit organization 501(c)(6) association controlled by its members.
The National Football League was initially formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association. Later, the league changed the name to the National Football League in 1922. Currently, the NFL consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided into two separate conferences – the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each.
Currently, the regular season includes a seventeen-week schedule during which each team has one “bye” week (a week off) and plays sixteen games. Further, this schedule includes six games against a team’s divisional rivals, as well as several inter-division and inter-conference games. The season currently starts on the Thursday night in the first full week of September (the Thursday after Labor Day) and runs weekly to late December or early January, depending on the playoff schedule.
The annual championship game is known as the Super Bowl. The game is held at the end of the regular season, either in late January or early February. In light of the economic benefits associated with hosting the Superbowl, the game is held in a different city and state each year.
List of Teams in the National Football League (NFL)
Following is a list of teams in the National Football League (NFL). The list includes the team name and a link to their official website. Additionally, the list indicates where the team is based, where their headquarters is located and where they play home games.
American Football Conference (AFC) Football Teams
The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. The other is the National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference contains a total of 16 teams. These two conferences make up the 32 teams of the NFL. Following is a list of Teams in the American Football Conference:
List of teams in the AFC East Conference
Buffalo Bills – The Buffalo Bills are based in the Buffalo / Niagara Falls metro area. The team plays home games at the New Era Field, which is located in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills started with the AFL in 1960 and joined the NFL in 1970.
Miami Dolphins – The Miami Dolphins are Florida’s oldest professional sports team. Their headquarters is located in Davie, Florida and they play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, which is located in Miami Gardens, Florida.
New England Patriots – The New England Patriots play their home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Also, the team’s official headquarters is located at Gillette Stadium.
New York Jets – The New York Jets play their home games in MetLife Stadium, which is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Uniquely, the Jets share the MetLife Stadium with the New York Giants. The New York Jet’s headquarters is located in Florham Park, New Jersey.
List of teams in the AFC North Conference
Baltimore Ravens – The Baltimore Ravens play their home games at the M&T Bank Stadium. They are based Baltimore, Maryland and their HQ is in Owings Mills.
Cincinnati Bengals – The Cincinnati Bengals are based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They play home games in the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Cleveland Browns – The Cleveland Browns are based in Cleveland, Ohio and play home games at FirstEnergy Stadium. The teams offices are in Berea, Ohio.
Pittsburgh Steelers – The Pittsburgh Steelers are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play their home games at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
List of teams in the AFC South Conference
Houston Texans – The Houston Texans are based in Houston, Texas and play their home games at NRG Stadium. The Texans replaced the Houston Oilers.
Indianapolis Colts – The Indianapolis Colts are based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts play home games in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jacksonville Jaguars are based in Jacksonville, Florida. The team plays its home games at TIAA Bank Field.
Tennessee Titans – The Tennessee Titans are based in Nashville Tennessee and play their games at Nissan Stadium. The Tennessee Titans were previously the Houston Oilers. The team moved from Houston, Texas to Nashville in 1997.
List of teams in the AFC West Conference
National Football Conference (NFC) Football Teams
The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. The conference was created after the league merged with the American Football League (AFL) in 1970. Originally, the NFC had a total of 13 teams that year, all of which played in the NFL before the merger. Meanwhile, all of the former AFL teams along with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Colts formed the American Football Conference (AFC). Following is a list of Teams in the National Football Conference (NFC):
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