The NFL Network "Decade Series" continued last week, and although no New York Giants players made the Top Players of the 2000s list, Big Blue was well-represented in the Top Plays of the 2000s — even though E-to-Tree was remarkably beaten out by the "tuck rule" play. The Giants were also listed among the Top Built Teams of the 2000s, coming in at No. 5 overall, tied with the Baltimore Ravens.
"Six playoff appearances for each of them — the Ravens were 7th in wins and the Giants were 9th in wins," former NFL General Manager Charley Casserly said. "But why do I have them in here? It's the Super Bowls. Baltimore was 1-0 in Super Bowls. In fact, they beat the Giants. But the Giants, 1-1 in Super Bowls, and you have to put them in here. They won the game of the decade, beating the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl."
Surprisingly however, the Giants were topped by the Philadelphia Eagles, who came in at No. 4 overall despite having no Super Bowl victories not just in the 2000s, but in their entire franchise history. Still, Casserly says, they were the model of consistency despite having absolutely nothing to show for it.
"They didn't win a Super Bowl — in fact, they only went to one — but [they were a] model of consistency throughout the decade. They were tied for No. 3 in wins with the Steelers. However, five conference championship games; that ties New England. [They were] tied for No. 1 in playoff games with New England; tied for No. 2 with playoff wins. The model of consistency throughout the decade.
It would be hard to argue the Giants over either the Steelers and Patriots, who each won more Super Bowls (two and three respectively), but the Giants did match the Colts at 1-1 in Super Bowls in the 2000s. And while there may be a fine line there, the same logic that landed Indianapolis at No. 3 overall should have been enough to, at worst, land the Giants at No. 4 overall with the Ravens at No. 5 overall and the Eagles off the board (just like their number of Super Bowl wins).
What say you, Giants fans? Do you agree or disagree with Casserly's list?
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