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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Power rankings: Best, worst teams of decade


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Patriots have won more regular-season, playoff and Super Bowl games than any NFL team since the 2000 season. That made them an easy choice for team of the decade.

Ranking the 31 other teams took a little more work.

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Wednesday: Moments
Thursday: Team, coach, MVP | Rankings
Friday: Top players | Special teams

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I settled on a formula with five key variables: regular-season victories, playoff appearances, playoff victories, Super Bowl victories and Super Bowl defeats. The formula added the following five numbers to create a power ranking for the decade:

The formula, adjusted for the Texans to account for their shorter history, ranked the top eight teams as you see them in the chart. I then made a few adjustments after consulting with our other seven divisional bloggers.

Rank Team Wins Win Pct. Playoff Appear- ances Playoff Wins Playoff Win Pct. Super Bowl Wins Super Bowl Losses
1
Patriots
102 .708 6 14 .824 3 1
2
Colts 101 .701 8 7 .500 1 0
3
Steelers 94
.653 6 10 .714 2 0
4
Eagles 92
.639 7 10 .58
8
0 1
5
Ravens 83 .576 5 7 .636 1 0
6
Giants 80 .556 6 6 .545 1 1
7
Packers 84 .583 5 3 .375 0 0
8
Titans 83 .576 5 2 .286 0 0
9
Bucs 76 .528 5 3 .429 1 0
10
Seahawks 77 .535 5 4 .444 0 1
11
Broncos 85 .590 4 1 .200 0 0
12
Bears 74 .514 3 2 .400 0 1
13
Panthers 71 .493 3 5 .625 0 1
14
Chargers 72 .500 4 3 .429 0 0
15
Rams 70 .486 4 3 .429 0 1
16
Jets
71 .493 4 2 .333 0 0
17
Vikings 72 .500 3 2 .400 0
0
18
Dolphins 72 .500 3 1 .250 0 0
19
Saints 70 .486 2 2 .500 0 0
20
Cowboys 71 .493 3 0 .000 0 0
21
Falcons 66 .458 3 2 .400 0 0
22
Jaguars 69 .479 2 1 .333 0 0
23
Redskins 66 .458 2 1 .333 0 0
24
Raiders 57 .396 3 4 .571 0 1
25
Chiefs 66 .458 2 0 .000 0 0
26
Cardinals 52 .361 1 3 .750 0 1
27
49ers 60 .417 2 1 .333 0 0
28
Bills 60 .417 0 0 N/A 0
0
29
Bengals 58 .403 1 0 .000 0 0
30
Browns 52 .361 1 0 .000
0 0
31
Texans 40 .357 0 0 N/A 0 0
32
Lions 40 .278 0 0 N/A 0
0

Three teams -- Tampa Bay, Chicago and Arizona -- moved up two spots higher than the formula ranked them. The rationale:

The formula helped cut through perceptions. For example:

The Bills, Texans and Lions are the only teams without a playoff appearance during the decade. The Texans and Lions also owned the lowest regular-season winning percentages. That made them easy choices as the two worst teams in the rankings.

Also: Click here to download a spreadsheet ranking each team by r
egular-season wins, losses, ties, winning percentage, playoff appearances, playoff wins, playoff losses, playoff winning percentage, Super Bowl wins and Super Bowl losses. The spreadsheet also shows the difference between the formula's rankings and the actual rankings.