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Top Ten Longest Running Division Rivalries in the NFL

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In honor of Week 4’s 189th meeting between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, I thought we’d start this week off with a look at the top ten longest running division rivalries in the NFL. Sports are nothing without competition and the NFL’s players (and fans) do competitive just about better than anyone. 


Top Ten Longest Running Division Rivalries in the NFL


1. We’ll start things off with the aforementioned Bears/Packers rivalry. This is the oldest among current NFL teams and began in 1921. While Da Bears lead the series overall, the Packmanaged to get a momentous win during yesterday’s contest. Take heart, though, there’s always next year….and the year after….and the year after…for Chi-Town. 


2. Y’all are going to get sick of NFC North combinations. Sorry in advance. The Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions have met on the gridiron 168 times, beginning in 1930. Chicago leads the all-time series by 29 games. The clubs will meet again on Thanksgiving Day 2014. 


(2*) 3. The Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers have also played 168 times since 1930. Their most recent contest was last Sunday, with the Lion winning 19-7. The Pack, though, leads the all-time series 94-67. 


4. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants first played in 1933 and have had 164 contests since then. The Giants lead the all-time series and won the teams’ most recent match-up in October of 2013. 


5. The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins met for the first time in 1932. Since then, they’ve had 162 meetings, with the G-Men dominating this past Monday’s most recent game 45-14.  


6. The San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams have played one another 129 times, beginning in 1950. The Niners lead the series by just 2 games, with their most recent victory coming in December of 2013. 


7. The Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers have played each other 125 times. Their first match-up took place in 1950. The Steel City leads the series 68-57, but the Browns put up a valiant effort in Week 1 of this year, losing by just a field goal. They’ll meet again October 12. 


8. We’ll end with some AFC West permutations (that’s a 10 cent word, folks) today. The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs have played 109 times, including the play-offs. The Chiefs lead the series by 3 games (remember the Broncs haven’t always had No. 18 under center), but lost in the teams’ latest contest on September 14 of this year. 


(8*) 9. The Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders have also taken each other on 109 times, post-season included. The Raiders lead overall 60-47 (plus a couple ties.) The teams will meet again in November 2014. I think we can all guess who’ll win that one…


10. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders have played 108 times, including the play-offs. The Chiefs lead by a total of 6 games, but the Raiders will have a chance (optimism is good, right, Oakland fans?) to gain on them come November 20.

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