The Ravens have played like a different team since winning the Super Bowl nine months ago. They lack fire, chemistry, discipline and leadership. Yes, the dreaded Super Bowl Hangover seems to be rearing its ugly head in Baltimore.
But does the Super Bowl Hangover really exist? Have other Super Bowl winning teams had terrible seasons the following year?
Looking at the win/loss records the following year of Super Bowl winners (see chart below), the Super Bowl Hangover seems like more of a myth than reality to me.
Most Super Bowl winning teams have had strong seasons the following year, including the Ravens in 2001. Twelve teams even made it back to the big game the next year!
Returning to a Super Bowl the next season in a 32-team league is a very difficult task. But the Ravens are on the verge of making history to become only the seventh team in 48 years to have a losing record after winning a Super Bowl.
Let’s hope they figure it all out and make a winning run starting Sunday against the Bengals.
Super Bowl Year
Winner’s Following Season
|1967||Packers||9-4-1, won Super Bowl|
|1968||Packers||6-7-1, Packers first losing season in 10 years|
|1969||Jets||10-4, lost Super Bowl|
|1971||Colts||10-4, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1972||Cowboys||10-4, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1973||Dolphins||12-2, won Super Bowl|
|1975||Steelers||12-2, won Super Bowl|
|1976||Steelers||10-4, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1977||Raiders||11-3, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1978||Cowboys||12-4, lost in Super Bowl|
|1979||Steelers||12-4, won Super Bowl|
|1982||49ers||3-6, strike shortened season|
|1983||Redskins||14-2, lost in Super Bowl|
|1989||49ers||14-2, won Super Bowl|
|1990||49ers||14-2, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1993||Cowboys||12-4, won Super Bowl|
|1994||Cowboys||12-4, lost in Conference Championship game|
|1997||Packers||13-3, lost in Super Bowl|
|1998||Broncos||14-2, won Super Bowl|
|2001||Ravens||10-6, lost to Steelers 27-10 in Division playoff game|
|2004||Patriots||14-2, won Super Bowl|
|2013||Ravens||3-5 as of November 9, 2013|