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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Popularity contest: NFC East teams rule

By Dan Graziano

Puff out your chests, NFC East fans, because you have the most popular division in football. According to the first quarter 2012 ESPN Sports Poll of fans' favorite teams, three of the top nine play in the NFC East. Here are the top 15 teams in popularity according to the poll, sorted by percentage of respondents who identified that team as their favorite:

1. Dallas Cowboys: 8.8

2. Green Bay Packers: 7.2

3. New York Giants: 7.1

4. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7.1

5. New England Patriots: 6.8

6. Chicago Bears: 4.2

7. New Orleans Saints: 4.1

8. San Francisco 49ers: 4.0

9. Philadelphia Eagles: 3.9

10. Denver Broncos: 3.8

11. Indianapolis Colts: 2.8

12. Oakland Raiders: 2.5

13. Washington Redskins: 2.4

14. Minnesota Vikings: 2.2

15. Detroit Lions: 2.2

Some thoughts: