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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles among elite after Week 4

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles among elite after Week 4

After defeating a winless Giants team in Week 3 on a 61-yard Jake Elliott field goal, the Eagles traveled to the West Coast for a matchup with the winless Chargers. The Birds used strong efforts from LeGarrette Blount and Carson Wentz to prevail, 26-24, last Sunday.

A victory over the Chargers puts the Birds at 3-1. They now hold the top spot in the division with a one-game lead over the Cowboys and Redskins, both at 2-2.

Now the Eagles shift their attention to a 2-2 Cardinals team coming off of an overtime victory against the 49ers.

Before the Birds return to Lincoln Financial Field for a Sunday afternoon tilt with the Cardinals, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Up four spots to No. 9
“It’s a good thing the Browns didn’t think Carson Wentz would be good," Florio wrote.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Up three spots to No. 3
“High ranking for the Eagles. However, with what we know at this point in the season, how can Philadelphia not be here,” Harrison wrote. “Doug Pederson's outfit is tied for the best record in the NFC, leads the East and seems to have fixed the glaring weakness that every fan, blog and LinkedIn piece was fixated on during the preseason: the ground attack."

USA TODAY: Down two spots to No. 8
“Run game has improved every week, culminating with 214 yards Sunday," USA TODAY  wrote. "Looks like LeGarrette Blount has settled in after zero carries two weeks ago.”

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up four spots to No. 6
“The Eagles have a pretty deep offense. Three backs got 10 or more carries on Sunday,” Schwab wrote. “Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith had 38 yards combined, but Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor had solid games. The Eagles lead the defending NFC East champion Cowboys by a game, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going away anytime soon.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Up two spots to No. 3
“They won a tough road game at Los Angeles with a bunch of injuries on defense,” Prisco wrote. “That's impressive.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Up three spots to No. 5
“It was a nice bonus for the Eagles to have that home-away-from-home game at StubHub Center,” Maske wrote. “They already have beaten the Redskins and Giants and are the early front-runner in the NFC East. Few expected that. But with the Giants winless and the Cowboys not living up to expectations, their chances cannot be discounted.”

ESPN: Up five spots to No. 8
“The Eagles have allowed the fewest points in the first three quarters of games this season but have allowed the second-most in fourth quarters," ESPN wrote. "Philadelphia has three wins, but the past two were by a combined five points. If the Eagles can tighten up in the fourth quarter, they could start winning more comfortably.”

Embiid receives prestigious — and hilarious — award

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Embiid receives prestigious — and hilarious — award

Joel Embiid has garnered plenty of accolades during his young NBA career. However, the Sixers’ center earned perhaps his biggest honor yet on Wednesday.

Embiid was given the Shaqtin' A Fool Midseason Award for Worst Moment of the Season.

Yes, that’s a thing.

As you likely know, former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has a segment during TNT’s “Inside the NBA” that highlights blunders made by current players.

Embiid found himself in the crosshairs thanks to three spectacularly blown dunks during the first half of the season.

“I want to thank Shaq for acknowledging me for missing three dunks in a game as a 6-11 guy,” Embiid said in a video. “But I just didn’t have my legs that day. Next time.”

We're not sure which is funnier: Embiid's missed dunks or him trying to pass for 6-foot-11.

Nerlens Noel and Kevin Hart take a bath, make fun of Joel Embiid

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Nerlens Noel and Kevin Hart take a bath, make fun of Joel Embiid

Sixers fan Kevin Hart has a new-ish YouTube show he's calling "Cold As Balls." The premise is pretty simple: he and a guest take an ice bath and chill.

Previous guests have included Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, LaVar Ball, and Candace Parker

Hart just so happens to have former Sixer and current Dallas Maverick Nerlens Noel on as his guest this week.

Aside from making fun of the locker room in Philly, Hart also takes a jab at Joel Embiid. Hart does a decent-enough Embiid impression with a "Trust the Process" but he also mocks the way Embiid speaks. Not cool.

Look for that around the six-minute mark.

Noel also says Dirk Nowitzki is just as funny as Hart. I'd believe it.