The Eagles came off the bye feeling good as they got ready to face the rival Cowboys at home on Sunday Night Football. Then they blew it.
That’s reflected in the latest NFC power rankings:
1. Saints (8-1) Last week: 1
Drew Brees is ageless and the Saints just continue to roll. They’ve won eight straight and put up a season-high 51 points in Cincinnati on Sunday. Brees has to be salivating looking at the Eagles’ depleted secondary.
2. Rams (9-1) Last week: 2
Los Angeles actually got close to losing to Seattle, but pulled this one out with 16 points in the fourth quarter and have the NFC’s best record.
3. Panthers (6-3) Last week: 3
Sure, Carolina got spanked by the Steelers on Thursday Night Football. And that’s troubling. But the Steelers are a hot team right now and I’m still not convinced any of the next few teams are better than the Panthers.
4. Vikings (5-3-1) Last week: 4
Minnesota comes off their bye week with a huge matchup in Chicago against the Bears. The NFC North is still very much up for grabs.
5. Bears (6-3) Last week: 5
Nice win for Chicago, 34-22, over the Lions on Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns. He had the second-best passer rating in a game in his young career. Big home matchup against the Vikings coming.
6. Redskins (6-3) Last week: 7
You can go ahead and give an assist to the Bucs here. Somehow, Tampa Bay put up 501 yards of offense and scored just three points. Still, Washington deserves credit for beating an inferior and inept team. They’re up two games in the NFC East.
7. Packers (4-4-1) Last week: 8
The Packers beat the Dolphins 31-12, but are still looking up at two teams in their division. Two tough games up next for Green Bay the next two weeks: at Seattle and at Minnesota.
8. Seahawks (4-5) Last week: 10
I know they lost to the Rams, but the Seahawks came damn close to taking down one of the best teams in the league. Now, they don’t have a chance to take the division because the Rams have such a big lead, but they still play the Niners twice and the Cardinals once. They have a chance to fight for a wild-card spot, but it won’t be easy.
9. Cowboys (4-5) Last week: 13
They looked like they were about to go into a complete free-fall, but then they go on the road and take care of business against the Eagles. It wasn’t a masterful performance, but they got it done and saved their head coach’s job.
10. Eagles (4-5) Last week: 6
Losing to the Cowboys at home on Sunday Night Football after a bye when the Cowboys had a short week is completely and utterly inexcusable. It was the worst loss in a season that has had the worst loss of the season a few times. The Eagles are floundering and now have to go on the road to face the NFL’s best team.
11. Falcons (4-5) Last week: 9
They lost by 12 points to the Browns. I know these Browns aren’t as bad as they once were, but this was Cleveland’s biggest win since 2015. The Falcons were supposed to be a contender. They’re not even close.
12. Lions (3-6) Last week: 11
After wins over the Packers and Dolphins with their bye week sandwiched in between, the Lions clawed their way back to .500 earlier this season. Since then, they’ve lost three in a row by an average of 13.6 points per game. They’re collapsing with a tough few games coming up.
13. Buccaneers (3-6) Last week: 12
They scored just three points against Washington despite putting up over 500 yards of offense. That’s crazy. And it’s the first time in NFL history it’s happened.
14. Cardinals (2-7) Last week: 14
Arizona lost to the Chiefs but at least they gave up only 26 points. I guess they get a gold star.
15. Giants (2-7) Last week: 16
The Giants were victorious in the Battle of the Bad, going on the road and beating the 49ers, 27-23. Don’t call it a comeback!
16. 49ers (2-8) Last week: 15
Really, the Niners were winners. They moved a big step closer to getting that No. 1 draft pick.
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