Know this before you dive into the team-of-the-decade standings that we've compiled below: Try as we did to make this a scientific and mathematical equation, there's some subjectivity in how certain levels of accomplishment are weighed, even if you do assign an arbitrary point value to various categories. At some level it comes down to making a judgment call, and when the results of this decade's first nine seasons left multiple teams in a clump, I ranked them as I saw 'em.

Using six categories as a barometer got the job done in most cases. I went with regular-season winning percentage, playoff wins/record, playoff seasons, winning seasons, losing seasons, and Super Bowl appearances/wins. We'll see how much 2009 might serve to re-frame the debate. But for now, let the NFL team-of-the-decade discussion and disagreement begin.

1. Patriots

2. Steelers

3. Colts

4. Eagles

5. Giants

6. Ravens

7. Packers

8. Broncos

9. Bucs

10. Seahawks

11. Titans

12. Chargers

13. Bears

14. Panthers

15. Jets

16. Rams

17. Dolphins

18. Vikings

19. Saints

20. Cowboys

21. Jaguars

22. Falcons

23. ********

24. Raiders

25. Chiefs

26. 49ers

27. Bengals

28. Cardinals

29. Bills

30. Browns

31. Texans

32. Lions

Full story:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/06/01/decade/index.html