Top 10 in 2014: The best fan bases in the NFL today

Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

The series wraps up with the most important people attached to any organization – the fans. Without them, there’s no reason to play the game. And without the right group of them, it’s very difficult for a team to succeed. Fans provide a home-field advantage, create the buzz that makes a franchise attractive to free agents and provide motivation by being just the right degree of demanding.

Let the debate begin!


10. Oakland Raiders

Costumes alone get Raiders fans in the top 10

Yes, the Raiders have the worst attendance – in terms of percentage of capacity – in the NFL, as only 80 percent of the seats at the dump they call home are filled on a weekly basis. But who would want to visit that place? On every other scale, Raiders fans are among the best. They are loyal (sticking by their team), passionate (dressing up in costume) and knowledgable (seriously, talk football with a few).

9. New Orleans Saints

People in the Big Easy love their Saints

Yes, they’ve had a very good team to root for in recent years, one that almost always wins at home. But when 99.9 percent of the seats at the Superdome are filled for every home game, in a market that is still recovering financially from Hurricane Katrina, it says a lot. The people in New Orleans truly love the Saints, and that’s not an overstatement.


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  • Quinton Clapper

    You’re kidding me… where’s Steeler Nation?

    • Paul Avery

      Steeler Nation is about 3 hours east of the best fans in the world. Go Browns!

    • noo

      I would have liked to see the 49ers on this list. That being said.. they did have to issue a pamphlet on when to cheer…

      • dave

        pathetic cheer pamphlet

  • Mike Guittar

    This list is absolutely garbage.

  • Hasan

    They should’ve just done it by attendance percentage at home games. Your not top-10 if you don’t show up.

    • Dave

      Define “show up”. That is a pointless link–if you have a newer, bigger stadium and don’t fill the luxury boxes you get downgraded??

      • Evad

        Show up means exactly what it means. Teams like the Redskins have been “selling out” tickets for like 20 seasons BUT their stadiums are only like at 80%-90% capacity. Seriously what a joke.

  • Paul Avery

    Got this list right! Browns are among the best fans, better than Seattle, better then the Raiders, just behind the Packers (who have the most championships)

    • Darrell Green

      Indeed, the Browns better be up there. Surprised that the Chiefs weren’t on the list.


    Let’s get one thing straight here. There’s only ONE nation in sports. RAIDER NATION. We’re everywhere. I dont care what the damn list says, Raider fans are second to NONE. JUST WIN BABY!

  • Packersmania

    Seattle is a one trick pony. The only thing these people show up to do is create a negative distraction for the other team. That is all that they can lay a claim to. When a team is known more for the crowd noise than the action on the field that is sad.

    • micha fuze

      Sounds like you’re afraid of getting your azz kicked in the season opener.

    • Anonymous

      Stop crying

  • JoeE

    Wow the booing McNabb comment again… Where’s the stereotypical “booing Santa Claus” comment? The fans booed the pick but it wasn’t McNabb personally. They wanted Ricky Williams. We’ve seen plenty of fan bases boo picks but I notice you conveniently leave them out. Cheering Irvin’s injury was wrong, no question. However, again… No some history. This isn’t the only fanbase to ever cheer for an injury. The beloved Steeler fanbase used to cheer when Terry Bradshaw was injured in his early days while he was struggling. Of course, their past indiscretions get overlooked by the biased media and never mentioned again. (And by media like yourself who don’t know the full history of the league and lazily roll out tried and true typical fodder.)

  • Bigggfootz

    Per GB, uh we the fans already knew that!

  • Your Namebob

    Your Comment Hereā€¦of all places balt. your kidding me if it wasn’t for the balt. colts football would not be on the map.go ravans.

  • anonymous

    Yeah seeing all the NFC north teams in here tells me where the writer’s heart is. LOL

  • Your NAem

    Yeah I’m sorry you (Cover32 Staff) are throwing the Seahawks fans on there beacuse they have been cheering their butts off for a couple years, while Chiefs, and Steelers fans have been doing it for years, in the cold, in the snow…Cover 32Staff is terrible and I refuse to read anymore of their articles….I will however show up to post negative things about said articles….And I’m sorry but there are more Cowboys fans in DC than “Skins fans…I’ve lived there and seen it…

  • Jerry

    If by filling the stands is your criteria yes KC, GB, and some others have great fans. But travel away from KC and you don’t see KC logo’s with the frequency of the Raiders. Raider logo’s show up all over the US and in other countries with more regularity than any other, period. The NY Giants may have the most fans based on the population of the NY metro viewing area but get away from there and it dwindles. The Raider Nation is truly everywhere. This is unique. The only other team in sports might be the Yankees but that is due more to them winning championships and people always root for a winner. Raider fans are loyal because even in losing in recent years the Raiders are still the Raiders and we love them.

    • Raider Arlin

      Your point will be made at the London game big time!

  • Bonipal

    Indeed, there will be a black hole in London. Can’t wait!