The 1968 New York Jets are the best team in franchise history astheir Super Bowl III win is credited for the AFL-NFL merger and a victory that changed the game. It was a team and a game that made a generation of Jets fans, who still cling to that moment to this day.
But how good was that team, really? And how would it stack up against today’s Super Bowl winners?
It is a question whose answer we will never know, but the people at PredictionMachine.com have endeavored to find an answer. Using the Predictalator technology, PredictionMachine simulated 50,000 match-ups between the 49 Super Bowl winners, including the ’68 Jets.
They analyzed and ranked the teams – only the Super Bowl winners – then simulated the results in a historic head-to-head that only can happen in our dreams. Or on computer screens.
The results have the 1999 St. Louis Rams as the greatest team of all-time ...a bit of a surprise. And those Jets? Look down to No. 35 on the list.
That was a great Jets team, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath who had an infamous guarantee before the big game, words that now live in infamy. The Jets were heavy underdogs before that game and their win goes down as one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history.
In fact, it changed football forever.
Interestingly enough, though, that Jets team ranks in the bottom-half of all Super Bowl winners according to PredictionMachine.They are ahead of the New York Giants teams that won the Super Bowl in 1986 (No. 41) and in 2007 (No. 43).
The 2011 Giants come in at No. 25 on the list.