What is Win-Loss Record in Football?
Win-loss record is a measure of a team's success throughout the regular season. It includes the number of wins, losses, and ties (in rare cases) and ultimately determines whether or not a team makes the playoffs. In the NFL, win-loss records will always total 16, as there are 16 regular season games played each year.
Win-Loss Record Format
Win-loss records are formatted with wins being indicated first, followed by a hyphen and the number of losses. For example, 10 wins and 6 losses would be indicated as 10-6. If there are ties that need to be included in a team's win-loss record, they are listed after the number of losses (i.e. 12 wins, 3 losses and a tie would be indicated as 12-3-1).
Importance of Win-Loss Records
Making the playoffs is all about having a solid win-loss record. While there are exceptions, NFL teams generally need to post a regular season win-loss record of at least 9-7 to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs. Moreover, teams that achieve a well above average win-loss record (i.e. 13-3) often qualify for a coveted "bye" in the playoffs, which means the team does not have to play in the first round and automatically advances to the second round.