Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
I went through the records and here's what I came up with...
In the past 10 years, there's been no team that went 11-5 with a negative point differential. The best record you can find with a winning record and a negative point differential is 9-7.
2004 Jags -- 9-7 to 12-4
2004 Seahawks -- 9-7 to 13-3
2005 Vikings -- 9-7 to 6-10
2006 Seahawks -- 9-7 to 10-6
2008 Cowboys -- 9-7 to 11-5
2011 Giants -- 9-7 to 9-7
As you can see, there is one case where the record got worse and one case where the record remained the same but 4 cases where the record improved.
BUT. That's starting from 9-7.
BUT! Why did the Colts have such a bad point differential? Because they got CRUSHED by the Patriots, Jets and Bears... mostly the Patriots.
I'll have to dig up the article, but I believe it was since the start of the superbowl era until now.