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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles take big step back after loss

NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles take big step back after loss

After blowing out the Bears, 31-3, in Week 12, the Eagles traveled to Seattle for a Sunday night matchup against the Seahawks. The Birds lost for the first time since Week 2 after a disappointing performance, 24-10.

The loss to the Seahawks puts the Birds at 10-2. They now are tied with the Vikings for the best record in the NFC. They are also tied with the Steelers, Patriots and Vikings for the best record in the NFL.

Now the Eagles shift their attention to the 9-3 Los Angeles Rams for a Sunday afternoon matchup in L.A. 

Here’s a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings after Week 13:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Down three spots to No. 4
Florio wrote, “Fly, Eagles, fly. Right into a Wolf Grey window.”

This was the first time since Week 2 in which the Eagles looked nervous and scattered on all fronts. Carson Wentz was missing throws he would have made earlier in the season and he just wasn’t as sharp. It doesn’t help that he was running from Seahawks pass rushers for the majority of the night. I don’t believe there is cause for concern unless they struggle against the Rams this week.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Down one spot to No. 2
Harrison wrote, “The first dip in these here rankings since Week 3 for the Eagles — and the first time not in the top spot since Week 8. The Eagles have been perched atop the league's hierarchy because of their balance on offense and defense, as well as the MVP play of the quarterback. All three factions were marginalized by the Seahawks on Sunday night.”

This was the most points the Eagles' defense allowed since Week 2. The 24 points allowed were also matched in the Redskins, Giants and Chargers games in Week 1, Week 3 and Week 4, respectively. Russell Wilson has been having arguably his best season thus far and the Seahawks were able to take shots down the field in the passing game. 

USA TODAY: Down four spots to No. 5
USA TODAY wrote, “They're lucky NFL doesn't use college football playoff system. Philly's resume highly suspect with just one win against teams currently above .500.”

That one win against a team that is currently above .500 was the Week 6 victory over the Panthers. The Eagles were tested against the Seahawks and it showed. Yes, there were some situations that didn’t go their way like the Wentz fumble at the goal line and the Wilson “lateral” that actually was a forward pass. But in the end, the Eagles didn’t look good and will have a chance to right the ship against the Rams.

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Down one spot to No. 2
Schwab wrote, “This is how quick the NFL can turn: The Eagles were on top of the world before they kicked off against the Seahawks on Sunday night. In an eight-day stretch, they could go from leading the NFL to needing help over the last three weeks to get a bye.”

Right now the Vikings would have the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage as a result of tiebreakers. Things could really change quickly with a loss to the Rams, so it is vital that the Eagles walk away from this West Coast road trip 1-1. The game against the Rams will say a lot about where the Eagles stand against the best teams in the NFL.

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Down three spots to No. 4
Maske wrote, “The Eagles are still a very good team, even after the defeat in Seattle. They still have a chance to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. But they might not be the conference’s Super Bowl favorite any longer.”

A strong defense and the emergence of Case Keenum and Adam Thielen have the Vikings as one of the best teams in the NFL. They have a decent chance to be the first team to host the Super Bowl and play in it as well. The key to the Eagles’ Super Bowl chances is playing all postseason games at the Linc. Having to travel to New Orleans, Minnesota or Seattle could pose problems for the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes.

ESPN: Down one spot to No. 2
ESPN wrote, “First-round pick Derek Barnett has 5.0 sacks this season, but the Eagles are getting big production from rookies they didn't even draft. Undrafted rookie Corey Clement has six touchdowns and Jake Elliott, who was drafted by the Bengals, has gone 19-of-23 on field goals, including a game-winning 61-yarder in Week 3.”

Speaking of big production, I think one of the best stories this year for the Eagles has to be wide receiver Nelson Agholor. He had seven receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks, and his emergence after a terrible 2016 has been a great story to follow. The USC product has been making good on the Eagles taking him in the first round.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

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Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50.

So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row.

Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

Long is then seen having heated words with said fan. You may remember Long from earlier in the game when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a game-changing play. I'd say Long likely won this battle of words.

The Eagles beat the Rams by a final of 43-35. You can watch the encounter below.

Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

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Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

Eagles fans were incredibly down Sunday night with the reports that MVP-candidate Carson Wentz could be lost for the season.

Nick Foles stepped out of the backup role and helped the Birds to a victory that clinched the NFC East championship.

Despite Foles stepping in to help the Eagles earn the win, the Philly fanbase is not sold on the former starter being able to fill Wentz's shoes.

One guy who does vouch for Foles, however, is his former teammate and perhaps the greatest running back in Eagles history, Shady McCoy.

"I played with nick he is a true baller [sic]," LeSean tweeted.

This isn't the first time McCoy has stated support of Foles. Following the 2015 season, McCoy vouched for Foles as a team leader.

"I like Nick. The person and player that everybody thought he was, he is," McCoy said. "There were a lot of injuries this year, Nick, obviously got injured. He gets all of the blame and he shouldn't. I think Nick's a good quarterback. He's the leader of our team. Just things didn't work out for him this year due to injury, but we've got his back. As a team, we didn't play well enough to win and to get into the playoffs."

McCoy obviously went on to play for the Bills and Foles departed the Eagles for the big green of the Rams.

Strange that Foles is back in Philly with a chance to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

McCoy also offered congrats to his old team.

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Here's a video of Wentz walking back to the locker room as well as footage of him heading out from the stadium.

Foles says he's ready:

Others offered their support for Wentz.