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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles climb after Week 3 win

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles climb after Week 3 win

After a challenging Week 2 test against the Kansas City Chiefs and former Eagles head coach Andy Reid that resulted in a 27-20 loss, the Birds returned to Lincoln Financial Field for their home opener against the winless New York Giants in Week 3.  

After taking a 14-0 lead into the fourth quarter, the Giants rallied with two touchdowns from Odell Beckham Jr. and one from Sterling Shepard to seize control of the lead. The Eagles would respond with a Corey Clement touchdown run to tie the game at 21. After the teams exchanged field goals, Carson Wentz drove the Eagles 19 yards in three plays to set up the game-winning 61-yard field goal by rookie Jake Elliott.

A 27-24 victory over the Giants puts the Birds at 2-1 and they are locked at the top of the NFC East with the Redskins and Cowboys. 

Now the Eagles focus their attention on a 0-3 Chargers team, desperate for its first win to keep up in the very strong AFC West.

Before the Birds head out to Carson, California, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Up three spots to No. 13
“Philly’s latest star athlete is nearly as popular as the city’s most famous fictional one," Florio wrote.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Up eight spots to No. 6
Harrison wrote his few observations from the Eagles' thrilling win at the Linc:

• Jake Elliott's game-winning 61-yard field goal was the most rousing moment of Upset Weekend. 

• Sure would like coach Doug Pederson to get LeGarrette Blount (12 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown on Sunday) more involved. 

• While we're talking about the backfield, what a brutal development for Darren Sproles. A broken arm and torn ACL on the same play? Jeez. The 34-year-old has considered retirement in the past. If this is it, what a career. 

• More people should notice Carson Wentz's mobility. Vastly underrated aspect of his game. 

• Sticking by my prediction of Philadelphia being a playoff team.

USA TODAY: Up 10 spots at No. 6
“Jake Elliott picked a fine time — at the final gun — to drill a game-winning 61-yard field goal, the longest ever converted by a rookie," USA TODAY wrote.

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up one spot to No. 10
“Darren Sproles blew his ACL and broke his arm on the same play,” Schwab wrote. “If this is the end for Sproles’ career, he’ll go down as one of the most exciting players to ever take an NFL field.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Up 10 spots to No. 5
“They are 2-1 and their defensive front will be a problem for teams all year long,” Prisco wrote. “Carson Wentz is continuing to improve.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Up nine spots to No. 8
“The Eagles just held on against the Giants thanks to the 61-yard FG by rookie kicker Jake Elliott as time expired,” Maske wrote. “That was the good. The bad was the defense crumbling late, and failing on an inexplicable fourth-and-eight gamble by Coach Doug Pederson near midfield in the first half. It was a completely misguided decision that would have been even more glaring in a loss.”

ESPN: Up two spots to No. 13
“Carson Wentz is coming through when it matters for the Eagles, posting the fourth-best Total QBR in the second half of games so far this season (74)," ESPN wrote. "Wentz has games against the Chargers and Cardinals before getting a chance to shine (or flicker) in a pair of prime-time affairs.”

The Eagles won the Super Bowl! So how come I'm not happy?

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The Eagles won the Super Bowl! So how come I'm not happy?

It’s now been two weeks since the Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl. In that time, I’ve re-watched the game five times, re-watched the parade 15 times, and purchased six Super Bowl champions t-shirts, four sweatshirts and five hats. And that’s just from the next morning.

We won, like I’ve always wanted. We’re Super Bowl champs. It wasn’t a dream. I was led to believe that once the impossible happened and we reached the promised land, I'd have nothing more to worry about, ever again. 

So how come I’m still not happy?

I’ll tell you why: It’s because of Cris Collinsworth’s bias. And the unfair coverage of our celebrations; the national media won’t tell you this, but once the Super Bowl was over, not a single Eagles fan punched a horse.

There were the ridiculous crowd-size estimates. And Mike Francesa objecting to Jason Kelce’s language and calling for him to be cut. And the oddsmakers putting our Super Bowl odds below the Patriots’.  And Duracell, for that tweet about Philly fans throwing batteries. Disgraceful. From now on, I’m only throwing Energizers. I’ve also yet to hear an apology from Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid or Joe Banner for not winning us a Super Bowl before now.

At the parade, as we all remember, Jason Kelce sang “no one likes us, we don’t care!” But he was wrong. I care.

Maybe I’m not used to the feeling yet. Maybe it’s because I’ve been chasing this my whole life, and at this point, what else is there to chase? Maybe this sort of existential despair is what I’ve been fearing all along.

Nah, who am I kidding. It’s Cris Collinsworth.

Anyway, here’s my solution for the quarterback thing: Play Carson Wentz, AND Nick Foles. At the same time. Defenses won’t know what hit them, and besides, I’ve got a feeling if it comes down to it, Foles would make a hell of a wide receiver.

So don’t trade Foles. But DO trade Nate Sudfeld. I bet Cleveland would give up a 1 and a 4.

Other Philly sports takes:

- I’ll tell you what, Markelle Fultz caught a break. If not for the Eagles making a Super Bowl run and winning, he’d be all we had to talk about for the past month.

- The Michael Carter-Williams trade was three years ago this week, and let me tell you, I’m still mad about that.

- Jason Kelce appeared in Clearwater for the start of the Phillies’ spring training this week. I just wish he’d go through the entire Phils roster and list everyone’s faults and weaknesses.

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Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa admits to not really knowing what he was talking about with Kelce's speech

Mike Francesa probably wears flip flops in the city in the middle of winter.

The former radio host absolutely tore into Jason Kelce last week for his legendary speech on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Francesa even went so far as to say Jeff Lurie should cut Kelce for it.

Now, Francesa did a total 180 on it. 

Just to refresh, here's what he said last week:

“Should have stayed home, the jerk," Francesa begins on Kelce. "Why is that I have to be in my car when these guys win championships, and they decide that they are going to grace the audience with this profanity-laced stupidity. You gotta turn it off, your kids can’t even listen it. He sounded like a total moron. How about going up there and acting like a champion and not acting like a total moron? I turn that stuff off. I’ve seen LeBron James do that, now I’ve seen him do that. You know what? It’s not the time or place. You ever heard of winning like a champion? Somebody should have taken a hook and pulled him off.”

And here's what he had to say today as a guest on Angelo Cataldi's morning show on 94 WIP:

Bottom line is, I went back last night and watched the thing in its entirety, and I have to say, it was not as bad as I thought it was when I watched it and got to see it. I wish he hadn’t used any profanity because it would have been a classic, it was really well done, he did a great job. I thought it was one that would last and could be used a long time. I know it’s popular in Philly even with the profanity but to me those are such special moments that I wish they would raise their level. I’d like to see them do it so they can be used time and time again. Take the profanity out of it.

No. 1, I overreacted. I wouldn’t cut him. I take that back, I apologize to Kelce for that. No. 2, it was not as bad as I thought. I just wish he had raised his vocabulary a little. That was a great speech. He did a great job. 

"Should have stayed home, the jerk!" to "That was a great speech. He did a great job." Okay.

I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem.

You can listen to the full interview here.