If you had to describe the 2010's in a single word, it would be "BIG". Teams and players put up HUGE numbers throughout the decade. In fact, of the 23 teams that have scored 700+ points in a season, 18 came in the 2010's. This explosion of points can be attributed to a new emphasis on the passing game. The decade saw Peyton Manning shatter the single season scoring record (295 points in 2013) and a total of 18 200+ point seasons from quarterbacks as a slew of QBs enjoyed their prime (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady) and a new crop burst on the scene (Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson).
If the theme of the decade was big numbers, it was only natural that the Chunky Chickens were the Team of the Decade. Amassing 8 division titles, 4 conference championships and 2 Super Bowls, the Chickens followed up their previous decade of dominance with yet another one. The difference this time was that it included plenty of postseason success. The turning point of the decade for the Chickens (and really, the rest of the YFFL) was a 2012 blockbuster trade that saw Drew Brees return to the team along with Andre Johnson and Jimmy Graham in exchange for DeMarco Murray, Mike Wallace, Antonio Gates, Coby Fleener and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Brees went on to win Super Bowls and enjoy stratospheric success in the regular and postseason while the Llamas made a single postseason appearance.
|Team||Division Titles||Wild Cards||Conference Titles||Super Bowls|
Regular Season Records
With 8 division crowns, there's little surprise that the Chickens sit atop the regular season standings by a wide margin. The decade wasn't nearly as kind for the Beans, who lost 35 more games than they won despite garnering 3 winning seasons. Although prospects were starting to look up later in the decade, the Beans posted several seasons of true futility in the early 2010's. The span of 2010 to 2014 saw them win just 16 games including seasons of 1, 2, 3 and 3 wins apiece.
|Team||Record||Winning Pct.||10+ Win Seasons||Winning Seasons|
More accolades, more Chickens. The Chickens posted the 4 best scoring seasons in the 2010's to increase their stranglehold on the all-time leaderboards, where they now own 6 of the top 7 spots for a single season. The final two years of the decade saw the rise of several great teams, as 6 of the spots were claimed during that period. Unfortunately, we have to mention the plight of the 2019 Huskers, who posted the decade's 10th highest scoring season yet failed to make the playoffs.
All-Decade Team (Total Points)
While there were plenty of flashy performances in the 2010's, it took a decade of consistency to make this list. Players like LeSean McCoy, A.J. Green and Matt Forte were dependable performers that rarely saw the top of the leaderboards but delivered year-after-year. Then there was Rob Gronkowski, a player who redefined the TE position in 2011 with a 110 point effort and then went on to post 2 more of the 10 highest scoring seasons at his position.
|RB/WR||Adrian Peterson||586||White Guys|
|K||Stephen Gostkowski||983||Merry Men|
All-Decade Team (Season)
Coming off a season ending neck injury in 2011, many were wondering if Peyton Manning's already legendary career was over. He erased any doubts with a 200 point season in 2012 and then broke his own 9-year old record with an incredible 295 points in 2013 (plus, don't forget he then posted 246 points in 2014!). However, none of those banner years was enough to shake the dreaded "Manning Curse" as the Buddies failed to make the postseason in 2 of those 3 seasons. That fate didn't plague Todd Gurley, who not only scored 174 points in 2018 to lead all RBs in the 2010's, but also parlayed that regular success into back-to-back Super Bowl wins for the White Guys, including a regular season and Super Bowl MVP in 2017.
|RB||Todd Gurley||2018||White Guys||174|