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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles on the rise after Week 1 win

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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles on the rise after Week 1 win

Before the season began, the Eagles were mostly expected to finish in the middle of the pack of the 32 NFL teams.

A 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener Sunday was the Eagles' first victory against the NFC East foe since Dec. 2014. The defense applied a good amount of pressure to Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was sacked four times. 

Now the Eagles turn their sights to former head coach Andy Reid and his 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs for Sunday's matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

Before that battle, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Starting the regular season at No. 10
"Carson Wentz, better than Kirk Cousins."

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Up nine spots to No. 10
“Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense showed a glimpse of why I think the Eagles are a sneaky playoff team. The front seven made life miserable for Washington QB Kirk Cousins, even when Philly didn't get him on the ground,” Harrison wrote. “Maybe the fumble call at the end should have been overturned -- but don't overlook the fact that Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were meeting at the quarterback yet again. Downside from Sunday: recently acquired cornerback Ronald Darby's gruesome looking injury. Oh, and then there was the running game. Even with all the treadmill work, yoga and barre, it doesn't look any sexier than it did in the preseason.”

USA Today: Up three spots to No. 16
“LeGarrette Blount caught a TD pass Sunday. Why is that noteworthy? He'd only done that one other time in his eight-year NFL career.”

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up five spots to No. 17
“I was very impressed with Carson Wentz. He threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns on the road and generally looked more comfortable than he did during his rookie slump last year,” Schwab wrote. “And he’ll be even better when Alshon Jeffery (three catches, 38 yards) warms up. This is a team that was better than its record last season and looked pretty strong in Week 1.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Up five spots to No. 13
“Carson Wentz got off to a good start,” Prisco wrote. “But the most impressive thing from their road victory over the Redskins was how well the front seven played.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Up four spots to No. 10
“QB Carson Wentz began his second NFL season with a mixed bag of brilliant improvisational plays and rookie-like gaffes Sunday at FedEx Field,” Maske wrote. “He did not get his big-name newcomers, RB LeGarrette Blount and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, consistently involved in the offense. But it was good enough for a season-opening win over the Redskins, thanks in large part to a defense that generated four turnovers.”

ESPN: Up six spots to No. 9
“Carson Wentz made a big play under duress on Sunday, matching his total of passing touchdowns when pressured all of last season. Possible overreaction: Hop on the Wentz Wagon while there's still room. The young quarterback should continue to improve, and he'll have a lot of help from FPI's second-ranked defense.”

T.O. unplugged on Twitter

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T.O. unplugged on Twitter

Terrell Owens is never one to hold his tongue. Or in this case, his fingers.

Answering fans’ Twitter questions on Friday night, the former Eagles wide receiver and Hall of Fame finalist opened up about several topics.

Things started off relatively tame, as T.O. was asked about playing for Andy Reid and the coach’s inability to win the big game.

Things took a turn when Owens’ Philadelphia exit — and the person he felt was behind it, who went unnamed, (Donovan McNabb) — was brought up.

… And his feelings on Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

However, Owens’ former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Steve Mariucci, got it the worst. Or maybe he’s just the worst.

At least Owens made it clear that despite playing for five teams during his NFL career, he will always bleed green.

Zach Ertz reveals secret origins of the dog mask

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Zach Ertz reveals secret origins of the dog mask

Dog mask mania has swept through Philadelphia ever since Lane Johnson and Chris Long donned the creepy masks following the Eagles' divisional round win over the Falcons. We know why the duo wore them but where in the world did they get the idea?

Well, thanks to Zach Ertz — and his article on The Players' Tribune — we now have the answer.

The Friday before the game, Long, Johnson, Ertz, Jason Kelce and Brent Celek were having dinner when Johnson just couldn't contain his excitement for the idea.

“You know how everyone keeps saying we’re underdogs?" Johnson said. "Even though we’re the No. 1 seed? Well … we were on Amazon last night, and we ordered these dog masks.

“Yeah, and when we win, because we’re gonna freaking win, we’re going to do everything in the masks. Media. Postgame. Everything. Dogs.”

And the rest is history. The dog masks have become a must-own for Eagles fans — if you managed to buy one before they sell out that is. The Linc will surely be filled with tens of thousands of rabid German shepherds. But will Long and Johnson get to gloat in the masks postgame again? 

For the full origin story of the masks and a ridiculous Carson Wentz story, read Ertz's full article here.