How do you go about determining the most popular NFL cheerleading squads on Instagram? Well, it’s not rocket science. You start by eliminating all the squads that aren’t even on Instagram. Then you see which one has the most followers and, presto, there are your rankings.
The surprising thing here is that a whopping 11 NFL cheerleading squads (44%) are not even on Instagram, even though it is obviously the ideal social media platform for organizations that exist for the sole purpose of proliferating images of attractive women. And what’s crazier is that three of those 11 squads aren’t on Twitter, either. I mean seriously, guys, aren’t 50% of NFL cheerleaders college students? And aren’t 50% of them studying communications?
But I digress. Are you ready to see the most popular NFL cheerleading squads on Instagram? Then please, step right this way…
Somebody had to be last, and I guess it's really no surprise that it's the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders. Not only does the team suck, but they might actually be moving out of the city if owner Stan Kroneke doesn't get a sweet deal on a new stadium. So really, who could blame fans for not getting emotionally invested? Even if every NFL cheerleaders squad was on Instagram, the Rams would probably still be last.
That being said, you have to hand it to the Rams cheerleaders—they are pretty hot.
14. Rams – 1,721 Followers
Now this one is a bit surprising. The Denver Broncos have long had a pretty solid (i.e. hot) cheerleading squad, and with the Broncos being so good the last few years, I would have thought they'd rank higher on this list. I mean, look at that photo.
I think they need to do a better job of getting the word out.
13. Broncos – 2,814 Followers
The Titans are one of the more under-the-radar teams in the NFL—smallish media market, few stars, never terrible, never great. If not for that, their cheerleaders would rank higher on this list.
That being said, I do have one problem with their Instagram feed. All the "then & now" side-by-side comparison photos of the cheerleaders make me a little uncomfortable.
12. Titans – 2,989 Followers
Interestingly, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders had a relatively big jump in followers in the 12 hours that passed between the first draft of this list and time of publishing. Most squads got seven or eight new followers overnight, but they got 30. They must have attended a blood drive at a city hall or something.
11. Falcons – 3,714 Followers
Please don't take this the wrong way, Tampa Bay, but what the hell is wrong with you? The Bucs have one of the hottest cheerleading squads in the NFL and their Instagram account is fantastic, and yet they've only got four-and-a-half thousand followers? To be honest, I'm not sure you deserve them. Maybe the squad should be disbanded, and the cheerleaders divvied up among all the other squads.
10. Buccaneers – 4,410 Followers
We take a pretty huge leap from #10 to #9. The 3,000-follower difference between the Buccaneers Cheerleaders and Colts Cheerleaders is almost two times the followers of the St. Louis Rams.
Personally, if I had to choose between the Bucs Cheerleaders and the Colts Cheerleaders, I'd go with the Bucs. But of course, I don't have to choose, so I won't. I'll just follow both.
9. Colts – 7,414 Followers
Historically, the Cardinals are one of the worst NFL franchises, as no team has gone longer without a championship. In fact, they've got everyone in the league beat by a whole decade.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals Cheerleaders come in at #8 with a respectable 7,915 followers.
The lesson? Regardless of the team on the field, if you build a team of incredibly gorgeous women, the fans will come.
8. Cardinals – 7,915 Followers
The Flight Crew cheerleaders are pretty much the only thing good about the New York Jets. And that's not hyperbole. Who could even get excited about Geno Smith when you know Rex Ryan is just going to ruin him somehow?
7. Jets – 7,950
Fun fact: the Vikings are the only team in their division with cheerleaders.
Another fun fact: the Vikings cheerleaders have the best abs in the NFL, hands down. You should follow them if you like that sort of thing.
6. Vikings – 8,487
In case you're not good at math, we just jumped 12,000-followers from #6 to #5. So clearly we are now in elite territory. And it's absolutely no surprise that the Texans Cheerleaders are there...you know, because Texas.
5. Texans – 20,528
The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are one of the most iconic squads in the NFL. It's no surprise that they're in the top four. What is a bit of a surprise are two of the teams that rank above them.
4. Dolphins – 28,063
I would never have guessed that the Patriots Cheerleaders would have 15,000 more followers on Instagram than the Dolphins cheerleaders. I mean, I knew Miami sports fans were apathetic, but I didn't think that applied to hot women.
That being said, an NFL cheerleading squad's Instagram following is almost as much about clever marketing as it is brand recognition.
3. Patriots – 43,481
There are only two things I like about the San Francisco 49ers: Jim Harbaugh's khakis, and the Golf Rush cheerleaders.
Unfortunately, only one of those things has an Instagram account.
2. 49ers – 54,743
Absolutely no surprise here. When it comes to NFL cheerleading squads, there's the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and then there is everybody else. The fact that they have almost 3x as many followers as the second-place squad shouldn't make anyone bat an eye.
1. Cowboys – 137,274
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