Don Banks of SI.com explores the "Team of the Decade" debate, noting that the 2009 season will ultimately determine which franchise claims the top spot.
"My first impulse tells me it'll be easy to discern who will follow in the storied footsteps of the Packers in the 1960s, the Steelers in the '70s, the 49ers in the '80s and the Cowboys in the '90s. The New England Patriots, with their three Super Bowl titles and history-making 16-0 regular season of 2007, are the runaway leaders in the clubhouse. ... Ah, but when you dig a little deeper, and imagine a few scenarios that could unfold in 2009, the Patriots appear something less than a slam dunk. ..."
Banks does put the Patriots in the No. 1 spot at this time, but details how that could change.
He ranks all 32 clubs based on their performance this decade.