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Week 10 NFL power rankings: Did win over Bears move Eagles up in NFC?

Week 10 NFL power rankings: Did win over Bears move Eagles up in NFC?

The Eagles got a 22-14 win over the Bears to get their record to 5-4 before their Week 10 bye. 

Were they able to jump up in the NFC power rankings? 

1. 49ers (8-0) Last week: 1
No, it wasn’t great that they beat the Cardinals by just three points, but the 49ers get the benefit of the doubt. They still got the 28-25 win and keep their No. 1 spot. 

2. Saints (7-1) Last week: 2
The Saints were on a bye in Week 9, but they’ll come back with a home game against the Falcons and then a road contest in Tampa Bay. They should have a 9-1 record soon enough. 

3. Seahawks (7-2) Last week: 5
Seattle probably shouldn’t have needed an overtime period to take down the Bucs, 40-34, but they got it done and the next two teams on the list lost in Week 9. 

4. Packers (7-2) Last week: 3
Strange 26-11 loss for the Packers to the Chargers. It’s even harder because of a couple tough games coming. They host the Panthers this week and then travel to San Francisco after the bye to face the 49ers. 

5. Vikings (6-3) Last week: 4
A three-point loss against the Chiefs wouldn’t have been bad, but Patrick Mahomes wasn’t playing. And the Vikings had a late lead and let the Chiefs kick a field goal to tie it and then another to win it with no time left in regulation. 

6. Rams (5-3) Last week: 6
No movement for the Rams on their bye week. But they have plenty of work to do to catch the Seahawks and 49ers in the NFC West. 

7. Cowboys (5-3) Last week: 7
After a brief scare, the Cowboys pulled away from the Giants for a 37-18 win on Monday Night Football. Big home test against the Vikings this week. 

8. Eagles (5-4) Last week: 8
The Eagles got a win over the reeling Bears, but it’s not enough to leapfrog any of the teams ahead of them, especially not the Cowboys, who beat them soundly a few weeks ago. 

9. Panthers (5-3) Last week: 9 
A solid 10-point win for the Panthers over the Titans. When Cam Newton went down, I thought the Panthers were doomed, but Kyle Allen has been getting it done. It’s his team now. At Green Bay for a tough one this week. 

10. Cardinals (3-5-1) Last week: 12
I’ve been impressed with the Cardinals this year and a three-point loss to the 49ers didn’t change that. Two road games before a Week 12 bye week. 

11. Lions (3-4-1) Last week: 10 
The Lions kind of are what I thought they were: an average team. Their 31-24 loss to the Raiders isn’t shocking. I have them ahead of the Bears right now, but those two teams play each other this week to figure it out. 

12. Bears (3-5) Last week: 11
Losing to the Eagles wouldn’t have been so bad, but it was their fourth straight loss. Their biggest problem is that they put all their eggs in the Mitchell Trubisky basket and he doesn’t look good. 

13. Buccaneers (2-6) Last week: 13
They played the Seahawks tight, but I still can’t put them above the Bears. A winnable game against Arizona this weekend. 

14. Giants (2-7) Last week: 14
They played the Cowboys tight last week for a bit, but then remembered they’re not supposed to be very good. A “road game” against the Jets this weekend. That has to be weird. A road game in your own stadium. 

15. Falcons (1-7) Last week: 15
The Falcons were on a bye last week, but are at New Orleans and at Carolina coming out of it. They’re staring at a 1-9 record. Is Dan Quinn really gonna last through the season? 

16. Redskins (1-8) Last week: 16 
The Redskins can’t lose this week. They’re on a bye. 

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Nelson Agholor gives less-than-encouraging update on his knee injury

Nelson Agholor gives less-than-encouraging update on his knee injury

Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor, who has missed two of the Eagles’ last three games with a knee injury, is unsure if he’ll be able to play on Sunday in Washington. 

When asked if his knee is getting better, Agholor gave a less than encouraging — and a conflicting — response. 

“I’m in a position right now where it’s kind of a stalemate,” Agholor said. “It’s taking its course. It’s getting better.”

When asked if he’ll practice this week, Agholor said he’d leave that question for the coaching staff. On a short week, the Eagles’ first practice of the week is Thursday. 

Agholor, 26, said his hope is that he will be able to avoid offseason surgery to repair his knee injury. 

While it appeared Agholor hurt his knee on that play in the back of the end zone against the Patriots, that just made it worse. Agholor on Wednesday revealed that this injury dates back months to nearly Week 6 against Minnesota on Oct. 13.

Against New England over a month later, Agholor slammed his right knee in the back of the end zone with a minute left against the Patriots. 

“And that made it worse and little bit more uncomfortable,” said Agholor, who immediately grabbed the knee after the play. “I’ve been trying to keep going as much as I can.”

Agholor missed the next week’s game against the Seahawks. He returned against the Dolphins and experienced more discomfort. He was then unable to play last week against the Giants.  

While Agholor hasn’t had a good season, the Eagles could really use him this weekend. They lost Alshon Jeffery for the season on Monday night and finished that game with just one healthy receiver.

This season, Agholor is getting paid $9.4 million on a fifth-year option but will be a free agent after the season finishes. This has been a disappointing season for Agholor, but he claims his pending free-agent status isn’t playing a role as he tries to get back on the field. He’s just trying to get healthy and come back. 

The Eagles were supposed to have a strong receiving corps this season with DeSean Jackson, Jeffery and Agholor being the top three. Well … Jackson is on IR, Jeffery is about to join him and Agholor has been hurt and hasn’t played well even when he’s been on the field. 

“That’s how it was written and it would have been beautiful if that’s the way it played out,” Agholor said. “Things happen in this league. In my case, I’m just trying to get healthy so I can at least help these guys finish up strong.”

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A closer look at Eagles’ receiver options on the practice squad

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A closer look at Eagles’ receiver options on the practice squad

With a clear need at receiver and a short week to prepare to play in Washington, the Eagles will probably go shopping in their own pantry. 

Meaning they’re likely going to call up someone from the practice squad. 

Alshon Jeffery is reportedly done for the season and Nelson Agholor’s status is up in the air for Sunday, so the Eagles are down to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward, both of whom limped out of the locker room on Monday night. 

So there’s a chance the Eagles might actually need to call up two practice squad receivers, but almost certainly at least one. They have three on the practice squad. 

Let’s take a closer look at their options: 

Marken Michel (5-11, 190) 

Michel, 26, was just signed to the practice squad on Dec. 5 and it was a little surprising it took that long. The older brother of Patriots running back Sony Michel had a very promising spring and summer in Philadelphia, highlighted by this 75-yard touchdown catch from Nate Sudfeld in the preseason. 

Michel had four catches for 117 yards in the preseason. He has some speed, which would be a welcome addition for this Eagles offense. 

At 26 years old, it’s not like Michel is some young developmental player, so there’s more of a case for bringing him up now. 

And he has plenty of professional experience; it just didn’t come in the NFL. Michel went undrafted out of UMass in 2016 and spent just one summer with the Minnesota Vikings before heading north to the CFL, where he played for the Calgary Stampeders for two seasons. He was on the Grey Cup-winning team with linebacker Alex Singleton in 2018. In two seasons in the CFL, Michel had 72 catches for 1,215 yards and eight touchdowns in 24 games. He was the CFL West Division Rookie of the Year in 2017. 

Robert Davis (6-3, 210) 

Davis, 24, signed to the Eagles practice squad back on Oct. 7, not long after he was released by the Redskins. 

Washington drafted Davis in the sixth round out of Georgia State back in 2017. He split time in 2017 on the practice squad and active roster as a rookie but played in just one game. But Davis broke his leg in August 2018 and missed his entire second season. But he rehabbed and was back in 2019. He made the initial roster, was cut, added to the practice squad and then brought back to the active roster. He played in three games for Washington this season and had his first NFL catch; it went for 11 yards. But he was then released again and came to Philly. 

At 6-3, Davis is a big, catch-radius target. You could argue the Eagles don’t need that right now, even without Alshon, because they already have Arcega-Whiteside active on game days. But Davis is very athletic and ran a 4.44 at the combine a couple years ago. 

At Georgia State for four full seasons, Davis caught 222 passes for 3,391 yards and 17 touchdowns, while averaging 15.3 yards per catch. 

Marcus Green (5-8, 191) 

Green, 23, has been the Eagles’ practice squad all season. He signed just after final cuts and has been there ever since. The Falcons used a sixth-round pick on Green out of Louisiana-Monroe in the 2019 draft but waived him at final cuts. 

Obviously a smaller build, Green is also known for his abilities as a return man. He returned 70 kicks (25.2 average) and 28 punts (10.0 average) in college. The Eagles have had Boston Scott returning kicks and Greg Ward returning punts. They could bring up Green and let him do both as well as have a backup role as a receiver. 

In four years at Louisiana-Monroe, Green caught 202 passes for 2,698 yards (13.4) and 23 touchdowns. He also had 51 carries for 492 yards (9.6) and a touchdowns. 

Green is very speedy slot receiver with gadget flexibility and return possibility, but if Agholor and Ward are active, there might be less of a need for an inside receiver. 

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