Lions lead league in spending; Panthers tops in cost per victory

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The NFC North was the highest-spending division in the NFL this season, according to payroll figures compiled by the NFL Players Association. The Lions spent $162 million, and the Packers  $160 million, with each team spending nearly $40 million over the $124-million salary cap. Carolina has been the biggest bargain in the league this season, with only three teams spending less in actual money on payroll than the Panthers’ $98 million, and the Panthers averaging an NFL-best $9.8-million per victory, far and away best in the NFL (Seattle is second at $10.9M per win).

Matthew Stafford was three the last time the Lions and Bears played for first place in Week 10. (USATSI)
Matthew Stafford is part of the costliest payroll in the NFL this season. (USATSI)

Mind you, payroll will include money tied to players no longer on the team. 

The Texans, meantime, are by far the NFL’s least-efficient team, spending a whopping $54 million per win, with the next closest team Atlanta at $34 million per win.   

The following table displays the 32 teams, in terms of highest spending to lowest spending (keep in mind that salary cap penalties prevented the Redskins and Cowboys from spending as they may have otherwise):

Team Spending vs. Cost Per Win (2013 Season)
Team 2013 payroll Wins Cost per win
Detroit Lions $161,957,819 7 wins $23,136,831.30
Green Bay Packers $160,139,760 7 wins $22,877,108.60
Kansas City Chiefs $151,470,920 11 wins $13,770,083.60
Miami Dolphins $140,540,531 8 Wins $17,567,566.40
Cincinnati Bengals $140,215,531 9 wins $15,579,503.40
Dallas Cowboys $138,946,821 7 wins $19,849,545.90
Atlanta Falcons $136,405,293 4 wins $34,101,323.20
Minnesota Vikings $135,586,223 4 wins $33,896,555.80
Denver Broncos $135,088,941 11 wins $12,280,812.80
San Francisco 49ers $131,230,945 10 wins $13,123,094.50
Seattle Seahawks $130,665,239 12 wins $10,888,769.90
Chicago Bears $130,632,410 8 wins $16,320,051.20
Baltimore Ravens $130,546,846 8 wins $16,318,355.80
New England Patriots $127,739,925 10 wins $12,773,992.50
St. Louis Rams $125,176,345 6 wins $20,862,724.20
Tennessee Titans $124,724,643 5 wins $24,944,928.60
Indianapolis Colts $124,213,293 9 wins $13,801,477
Philadelphia Eagles $123,859,856 8 wins $15,482,482
New Orleans Saints $120,563,179 10 wins $12,056,317.90
New York Giants $120,366,578 5 wins $24,073,315.60
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $115,851,500 4 wins $28,962,875
Buffalo Bills $113,896,047 5 wins $22,779,209.40
Pittsburgh Steelers $112,742,259 6 wins $18,790,376.50
San Diego Chargers $111,314,216 7 wins $15,902,030.90
Arizona Cardinals $111,195,058 9 wins $12,355,006.40
New York Jets $109,942,148 6 wins $18,323,691.33
Houston Texans $108,726,924 2 wins $54,363,462
Cleveland Browns $106,774,368 4 wins $26,693,592
Carolina Panthers $98,838,833 10 wins $9,883,883.30
Washington Redskins $93,813,287 3 wins $31,271,095.70
Jacksonville Jaguars $93,290,977 4 wins $23,322,744.20
Oakland Raiders $93,170,522 4 wins $23,292,630.50
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Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday... Full Bio

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