Which NFL teams have the best fans?
NFL fans have their eyes on the scoreboard and their wallets in hand this season, and it’s about to get even more crowded.
The number of fans who regularly tune into their team’s games has doubled over the past three seasons, to more than 2.6 million, according to the league.
That’s more than double the 1.8 million who watched the Cowboys-49ers game in 2016, the most-watched NFL game ever.
The numbers aren’t all good news for the league’s most hated teams.
Here’s a look at the top three worst-attended games of the past 10 seasons.
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (Jan. 9, 2020) • Fans are going to be tuning in for this one, even if the Cowboys aren’t exactly in their prime yet.
After an 0-4 start to the season, the Cowboys have since picked up seven straight wins and have an 18-3 record.
It’s a good start, especially since the 49ers were in town.
The Cowboys are playing their first playoff game since 2014, and fans are going for the win.
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (Jan 12, 2020)(2.2 million)• This could be the biggest game of the season for fans in Detroit, who are in a playoff spot and the Lions are in the hunt for their first Lombardi Trophy since 1986.
The Lions have a chance to move into second place in the AFC North with the victory.
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Penguins (Jan 16, 2020(2.6M) (2 million more) The Eagles are on the road, and their home crowd is a bigger deal than the one at Soldier Field.
They will also be looking to win their third straight game.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (Jan 19, 2020 (2.4M) (1.9 million more, more than any other NFL game) This one will be played in Atlanta, where the Saints are 2-3 in their last 10 games.
Fans have been flocking to the city in large numbers since the NFL returned to New Orleans in the spring of 2017.
The Saints will also have to contend with a Falcons team that’s on pace for the second-worst record in the NFL.
Denver Broncos at New York Giants (Jan 21, 2020 (3.0M) (1.8M more)The Broncos are on a bye this week, but that shouldn’t stop them from making a statement.
This is a must-watch game for Broncos fans who have been waiting for this matchup for a long time.
Denver is playing at home for the first time in its history, and the Giants are playing at Candlestick Park.
The Broncos are a game behind the Giants for the NFC West lead and are the favorite in the NFC.
The Giants have a lot to play for this week.
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Rams (Jan 22, 2020 5.9M) (1 million more than last year)The Rams will be playing their second game in three days, but the Raiders have been looking for a win against a team that won four games in a row to start the season.
The Rams will need to bounce back from a loss to the 49er in Week 17.
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Rams (Feb 1, 2020 6.5M)The Dolphins have to be pleased with the way they are playing the Rams this season.
They are 4-2 in their past six games and have the league lead in total offense with 4,921 yards.
The Dolphins also have a good chance to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (Feb 2, 2020 9.0 M) (2 million fewer)The Patriots have been one of the league leaders in points scored in the past two seasons.
They were also one of only two teams that scored more than 100 points in 2016.
This game will likely be decided by points.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Feb 3, 2020 10.2 M)(1 million less)The Falcons will be coming off a big win over the 49-21 Giants.
They also lost in Week 15.
Denver Nuggets at New Jersey Nets (Feb 4, 2020 12.5 M)The Nuggets have a big opportunity to make a run in the West, but they’ll have to play at home after losing in Week 16.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (Feb 5, 2020 15.3 M) Detroit has lost 10 straight games, including four straight by an average of 15 points.
The Lions are one of two teams left in the division with an undefeated record, but their home record is a little better than their opponent’s.
Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (Feb 6, 2020 16.7 M)