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NFC Team of the Decade?

In an offseason full of lists, the folks at Sports Illustrated have added their NFL "Team of the Decade."

Don Banks ranks the Eagles as the NFC team of the decade for the 2000s and fourth overall.

Banks cites the following figures and provides his analysis:

Regular season: 92-51-1, .642
Playoff wins/record: 10-7
Super Bows won/appeared: 0 out of 1
Playoff seasons: 7
Winning seasons: 7
Losing seasons: 1

At the moment, Eagles fans can at least take heart in being the NFC's team of the decade -- by a healthy margin. Philly's 92 regular-season wins averages out to more than 10 per year, and is eight more than second-place Green Bay. If trips to the NFC title game were all that mattered, nobody would match the Eagles. They've gone five out of nine years, but unfortunately they're 1-4 in those games. Only the Patriots, however, have more playoff wins this decade than Philly's 10.

The list, of course, begins with New England, followed by Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.

The Giants are fifth, the Cowboys are 20th and the Redskins are 23rd.

The Eagles are the only team of the top six on the list to have not won a Super Bowl, but their winning percentage, winning seasons and playoff seasons moved them up.


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