December 7, 2021

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How many NFL Teams are there, and what states are they in?

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How many teams are in the NFL?

There are 32 teams in the National Football league currently in 2021.

Did you know that there were originally 14 teams, when the league was founded as the American Professional Football Association in 1920.

Through the 1920s, there was a series of expansions, with many teams only lasting a single season.

For the 1927 there was a large shift, with the number of teams getting cut from 22 to 12. The main deciding factor was eliminating that were struggling financially. This also geographically re-centered league activity from the original Midwest area to the East Coast.

By the mid-1960s, the newly-formed American Football League (AFL) rivaled the NFL in prime-time television spots, and there was stiff competition for attracting new talent. The first AFL (9 teams) – NFL (15 teams) championship game was played in 1966.

NFL teams listed by state

Which state are your favorite football teams located in?

State NameNFL Team(s)
ArizonaArizona Cardinals
CaliforniaLos Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Chargers
Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers
ColoradoDenver Broncos
FloridaJacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
GeorgiaAtlanta Falcons
IllinoisChicago Bears
IndianaIndianapolis Colts
LouisianaNew Orleans Saints
MarylandBaltimore Ravens
MassachusettsNew England Patriots
MichiganDetroit Lions
MinnesotaMinnesota Vikings
MissouriKansas City Chiefs
New JerseyNew York Giants
New York Jets
New YorkBuffalo Bills
North CarolinaCarolina Panthers
OhioCincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
TennesseeTennessee Titans
TexasDallas Cowboys
Houston Texans
WashingtonSeattle Seahawks
Washington Football Team
(formerly Redskins)
WisconsinGreen Bay Packers

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The following sections highlight which states have more than one NFL team:

How many states have two NFL teams?

Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas all have 2 NFL teams.

What state has three NFL teams?

Florida, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Which state has the most NFL teams?

California, with 4 teams – the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and finally the San Francisco 49ers.

See also our list of NFL Teams in Alphabetical Order

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