18. Carolina Panthers (2015)
The Panthers put together one of the NFL’s most impressive winning streaks in 2015. They owed a lot to quarterback Cam Newton in his MVP season, but the entire team was brilliant. Their run began in 2014 as they won the final four games of the regular season. They then carried that momentum into the following year. In the end, they enjoyed an 18-game winning streak.
Ron Rivera’s Panthers went all the way to the Super Bowl. But the Broncos broke their hearts. Von Miller won the game’s MVP award while Peyton Manning retired with a bang (via USA Today). However, the Panthers earned the respect of the fans because of their great season. It was almost a shame that they didn’t get the victory because this was an exciting young team that didn’t seize the moment.