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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles drop down after Week 2 loss

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles drop down after Week 2 loss

After a strong Week 1 performance against the Washington Redskins that resulted in a 30-17 victory, the Eagles faced a formidable challenge in Week 2 — former Eagles head coach Andy Reid and a Chiefs team that took it to the defending champion Patriots on their home turf in Week 1.

A 6-3 game heading into halftime turned into a 27-20 loss for the Eagles, as Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt found his footing in a 21-point second half for Kansas City.

Now the Eagles focus their attention on an 0-2 Giants team, desperate for its first win of the season and looking to spoil the Birds' home opener at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday.

Before the second divisional matchup of the season for the Birds, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Down six spots to No. 16
"They’ve got a chance to make it a two-team race in the NFC East," Florio wrote, "if they can manhandle the Giants."

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Down four spots to No. 14
“The Eagles let it rip most of the day in Kansas City, continuing the same defensive mojo they carried in Washington in Week 1,” Harrison wrote. "Carson Wentz used his mobility where appropriate, made a few intermediate throws and even received a gift to keep Philly in a tight contest. Everything unraveled late in the fourth quarter, right around the time the Chiefs' front seven decided not to let up. Wentz's protection broke down repeatedly, ultimately allowing six sacks. Then the real turning point came on the Chris Jones pick off a batted pass. Look, Doug Pederson's guys showed they will be a pesky bunch this year, but Wentz is not good enough to pull rabbits out of a hat. He needs help.”

USA TODAY: Stayed at No. 16
“Few pills are more bitter than dropping to 0-2 against former coach Andy Reid," USA TODAY wrote. "Maybe you should have treated Big Red a little nicer, Philly Fan.”

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up one spot to No. 11
“A lot of teams are going to lose at Kansas City this season,” Schwab wrote. “The Eagles played them tough. Carson Wentz was good on third downs against the Chiefs; the next step is becoming more consistent on first and second down.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Down two spots to No. 15
“The defense has impressed in the first two weeks,” Prisco wrote. “The front four is nasty.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Down seven spots to No. 17
“Why, exactly, did the Eagles sign RB LeGarrette Blount if his second game with the team was going to be a zero-carry outing? That’s what happened Sunday in Kansas City, when Coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich dialed up 46 passing attempts by QB Carson Wentz,” Maske wrote. “That’s just misguided, pass-happy offensive play-calling. The Eagles did manage to get WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith more involved in the offense. But they need to utilize Blount or get rid of him.”

ESPN: Down six spots to No. 9
“How many Eagles quarterbacks have thrown for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the first two games of the season? Four. Ron Jaworski (1982), Randall Cunningham (1994), Donovan McNabb (2006) and Carson Wentz (2017)," ESPN wrote. "Wentz does not appear to be primed for a 'sophomore slump.'"

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

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Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with MLB.com, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: