How Do Teams With Zero NFL Pro Bowl Players Perform The Next Season?

How Do Teams With Zero NFL Pro Bowl Players Perform The Next Season?
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It’s been a fall to forget for the Carolina Panthers and their legion of fans, with the franchise muddling their way through a 2-14 campaign and no first-round draft picks to count on in 2024. Should the Panthers lose their regular season finale on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina will finish the season with their second-worst win percentage (.118) in franchise history, behind the 1-15 (.063) 2001 campaign.  

With that in mind, it’s worth wondering how Carolina can regain what little swagger they have left in the new year, as the Panthers look to make it back to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2017 in 2024.  

Utilizing SportsReference.com, BetCarolina.com looked at how teams played the following NFL season after having zero Pro Bowlers selected that year. There have been 34 teams that have had 0 zero Pro Bowlers since the 2010 Pro Bowl. With North Carolina sports betting legal for next season, this information can be helpful on any futures bets on the Panthers and other teams alike.

NFL Teams Year After 0 Pro Bowlers

Average Record7-9*
Playoff Appearances11 of 34 (32.3%)
Conference Championship or Better2 of 34 (5.9%)

Can Carolina Join Other Zero Pro Bowl Teams That Succeeded The Next Year?

Of the 34 teams that have had zero Pro Bowlers since 2010, only 11 went on to reach the playoffs the following season, while two of those (or 5.9%) made it to their conference championship game or the Super Bowl. The 2022 Cincinnati Bengals made it furthest of the bunch, reaching the Super Bowl in 2022 before falling to the Los Angeles Rams, while the average year-end record for teams with no Pro Bowl players was 7-9 the year after.  

For the Panthers, such a feat has occurred twice, in 2013 and 2021, with Carolina going 5-12 (2022) and 12-4 (2014), with the latter reaching the NFC Divisional Round.  

Of the 32 franchises that make up the NFL, only the New England Patriots and Washington Commanders have had at least one Pro Bowler each season, while the Jacksonville Jaguars have had the most seasons with zero Pro Bowl players (with five since 2010).  

Right now, all Panthers fans can hope for at the moment is that Carolina somehow closes out the regular season with an upset win over the Bucs’ as a 4.5-point home underdog on ESPN BET on Sunday afternoon. From there, it’ll be up to GM Scott Fitterer and owner David Tepper to maximize the franchise’s returns in this year’s NFL Draft as Carolina will be without a pick before the team’s second-round selection. 

Stay with BetCarolina.com as we move closer to the launch of North Carolina sports betting apps. We will continue to keep you updated on everything and will have the best NC sportsbook promo codes available as soon as they are live.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetCarolina.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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