Philadelphia Eagles versus NFC East: Rankings after these last 20 years
By Joe Walls
How do the Philadelphia Eagles stack up against the NFC East since 2000?
The NFC East is widely considered the premier division in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles and their three rivals all rank in the top ten of the NFL’s most valuable franchises, and this is the only division that has more than two teams in the top ten. They don’t call it ‘The Money Division’ for no reason.
According to Forbes, the Dallas Cowboys hold a lock on the number-one spot as they are valued at $5.7 billion. They are the most valuable sports franchise on the planet. The New York Giants rank third valued at $4.3 billion, just a hair behind the New England Patriots at $4.4 billion for that second slot.
The Washington Football Team, formerly the most valuable NFL team, is the NFL’s eighth-most valuable franchise valued at $3.5 billion. The Philadelphia Eagles round out the four NFC East teams and are nipping at Washington’s heels in ninth place valued at $3.4 billion.
On the field, these teams despise each other. More often than not, the games are always entertaining and it doesn’t matter how good or bad the teams are, but when it comes to success, which one of these teams has been the best over the course of the last 20 seasons?
A simple point system has been created to rank all four NFC East teams’ level of success over that time span:
Regular season win Differential: <1 point per win/-1 point per loss/0 points per tie>
Regular Season vs. NFC East Division Win Differential: <1 point per win/-1 point per loss/0 points per tie>
NFC East Championships: <10 points>
Playoff appearances without winning NFC East: <6 points>
Playoff wins*: <4 points>
Playoff byes*: <4 points>
NFC Conference Championships: <25 points>
Super Bowl Championships: <50 points>
*The point system awards a team four points for each playoff win and additional points for an NFC/Superbowl Championship. If a team wins an NFC championship, they are awarded four points for a playoff win. They are also given 25 points for the conference championship bringing the point total for that single win to 29 points (a Superbowl win would be 54 points).
*A playoff bye is essentially a playoff win as the team with the bye automatically enters the second round of the playoffs, hence the 4 points for a bye.
Here are the NFC East’s team success rankings from the turn of the century based on the above point system (2 seasons from 2001-02 to 2020-21).