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Derrick Gunn's predictions for his top-5 NFL Week 9 games

Derrick Gunn's predictions for his top-5 NFL Week 9 games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives predictions for his top-five Week 9 games of the NFL season.

Falcons at Redskins (1 p.m., FOX)
I'm still trying to figure out how the Falcons are tied for last in the NFC South with the Bucs. The 'Skins, winners of three straight, are definitely surprise leaders of the NFC East. Washington's fourth-ranked defense that gives up just 19 points per game gets a boost on the back end after trading for former Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Falcons' 30th-ranked D is generous, allowing 30 ppg. The 'Skins will score more than enough to win.

Steelers at Ravens (1 p.m., CBS)
Just a few weeks ago the Ravens were at the top of the AFC North, but after losing two in a row they’re struggling to stay afloat. The Steelers, now controlling the division, still remember how the Ravens beat them in the 'Burgh back in Week 4. For Big Ben and company, revenge will be oh so sweet.

Chargers at Seahawks (4:05 p.m., CBS)
Every year we wonder if this is the year the Chargers will make some noise in the AFC and they end up falling flat. But maybe just maybe they won’t crumble this year. The team with the West Coast identity issue has won four straight and trails Kansas City by just one game in the AFC West. Many thought the no-names on back end of the Seahawks defense would be their Achilles' heel, but the secondary has held up its end of the deal. The 'Hawks put an end to the Chargers' win streak.

Rams at Saints (4:25 p.m., FOX)
This is the game of the day, and these teams could cross paths in the postseason. These two high-powered offenses recently strengthened their defenses, with the Rams trading for Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, and the Saints grabbing CB Eli Apple from the Giants to complement CB Marshon Lattimore. The Saints score 33.4 ppg. The Rams tally 33 points per outing. Get ready for a shootout. When the dust settles, the Rams will fall from the ranks of the unbeaten in the dome.

Packers at Patriots (8:20 p.m., NBC)
It’s a shame that the two best QBs of this generation, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, will be meeting for just the second time. The Packers came close to beating the Rams but beat themselves. They traded all-purpose back Ty Montgomery, who fumbled the fatal kickoff return, and also dealt Clinton-Dix. Packers' brass say they’re not giving up on this season, but asking the Pack to beat the Pats, who’ve won five in a row and are 4-0 at home, is just too much for even the magic of Rodgers. 

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Week 7 NFC power rankings: Eagles moving up

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Week 7 NFC power rankings: Eagles moving up

After six weeks, the Eagles are sitting at a 3-3 record after demolishing the pathetic Giants at MetLife Stadium. 

There’s still one undefeated team in the NFC and it’s the only undefeated team in the NFL. 

As we head into Week 7, here are our updated NFC power rankings: 

1. Rams (6-0) Last week: 1
They’re the only undefeated team left in the NFL. They pulled out a close one on the road in Denver, 23-20, but they were up 10 points before a late touchdown. The Rams are the best and most complete team in the NFL right now. 

2. Saints (4-1) Last week: 2
The Saints enjoyed their bye week after reeling off four straight wins and watching Drew Brees become the all-time leader in passing yards. They’re back at it on the road in Baltimore on Sunday. 

3. Vikings (3-2-1) Last week: 5
Sure, they probably should have blown the Cardinals out of the water, but a 27-17 win gets a W just the same. The Vikings eventually opened up a 27-10 lead before a fourth-quarter touchdown. Two straight wins has them back on the right track. 

4. Panthers (3-2) Last week: 3
Carolina comes to Philadelphia this week after losing to Washington on the road in Week 6. Should be a good matchup this weekend. 

5. Eagles (3-3) Last week: 7
I know the Giants stink, but the Eagles still went on the road and crushed a division opponent, 34-13, on Thursday night. That’s a big win and the Eagles finally looked like the Eagles, the team that won last season's Super Bowl. Big test on Sunday at home with a chance to get over .500. 

6. Bears (3-2) Last week: 4
After their bye week, the Bears went on the road and lost in overtime to a Dolphins team quarterbacked by Brock Osweiler, who actually threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns! This one hurts because the Bears had a lead late in the fourth quarter and couldn’t hold. 

7. Packers (3-2-1) Last week: 6
This is probably unfair to drop the Pack after they beat the 49ers on a last-second field goal, but they also almost lost to a terrible team at Lambeau Field. It took some heroics from Aaron Rodgers to pull it out. It’s a shame they needed them for this game against an inferior opponent. 

8. Redskins (3-2) Last week: 11
Washington isn’t going away without a fight. They pulled off a gutsy performance against the visiting Panthers to reclaim the top spot in the NFC East … for now. 

9. Seahawks (3-3) Last week: 12
Everyone thought the Seahawks were going to stink and they don’t stink that bad. They pummeled the hapless Raiders on Sunday, 27-3. And their losses have come at home to the Rams and on the road against the Bears and Broncos. Not too bad. 

10. Falcons (2-4) Last week: 10
Atlanta might stink, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel on the Falcons yet. They pulled off a close win over the Bucs and have a game against the Giants before their bye. 

11. Cowboys (3-3) Last week: 13
Where did this offensive explosion come from? The Cowboys put up 378 yards and 40 points on a Jaguars team that is supposed to have one of the best defenses in the league. Dak played great, Zeke ran wild and Cole Beasley went over 100. They’re not going down in the NFC East without a fight either. 

12. Lions (2-3) Last week: 9
Detroit was on a bye week but a couple big wins from teams ahead of it pushed the squad back. Sorry, Lions. 

13. Buccaneers (2-3) Last week: 8
The Bucs have lost three straight and just fired their defensive coordinator. Yikes. 

14. Cardinals (1-5) Last week: 15
At least the Cardinals have shown a little bit of fight, losing to the Vikings by 10. Not great, but they can’t be as bad as the Giants, can they? 

15. 49ers (1-5) Last week: 16 
They nearly pulled out a win over the Packers. They let Rodgers pull off some magic, but they haven’t completely given up without their starting quarterback. C.J. Beathard isn’t good, but even he’s made some plays. 

16. Giants (1-5) Last week: 14
It’s all falling to pieces.

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Week 5 NFC power rankings: Eagles take a big slide

Week 5 NFC power rankings: Eagles take a big slide

After four weeks of the 2018 season, the Eagles are sitting with a disappointing 2-2 record. 

There’s just one undefeated team in the NFC and one winless team. 

Here’s a complete power ranking for the NFC as we head into Week 5: 

1. Rams (4-0) Last week: 1
Jared Goff and his squad won a super exciting shootout against the Vikings on Thursday Night Football. They’re the most complete team in the NFL right now. That offense is humming and that high-priced defensive line is starting to come alive. 

2. Saints (3-1) Last week: 3
We have a new No. 2 team in the NFC. The impressive thing about their win over the Giants is that Drew Brees didn’t even have a monster game. Alvin Kamara looks like the real deal: 134 yards and three touchdowns. This offense can score a lot of different ways. 

3. Panthers (2-1) Last week: 4
Carolina didn’t play this week but gets a bump after the Eagles fell out of their spot. The Panthers are home this week against the Giants and have a great chance to move to 3-1. 

4. Bears (3-1) Last week: 9
Last week, I said the reason I wasn’t buying into the Bears yet was that I had questions about Mitchell Trubisky. Well, the youngster threw for six touchdowns against the Bucs. Great game from him that gives the Bears the biggest jump of the week. On their bye week, the Bears will have an extra week to prepare for a big matchup against the Dolphins next week. 

5. Packers (2-1-1) Last week: 6
No, the Bills aren’t a good team, but they were coming off a huge win at Minnesota. And the Packers took them down easily, 22-0. Aaron Rodgers didn’t even have a great game. Dominant performance from the defense. 

6. Eagles (2-2) Last week: 2
Our slide of the week. Maybe this is unfair because the Eagles were up 17-3 over the Titans before they blew it. But good teams win that game and right now, the Eagles are 2-2 for a reason. The only reason they were still No. 2 last week was that we expected the addition of Wentz meant the real season was about to begin. But that was a bad loss Sunday. The defense blew the game and the offense still hasn’t scored over 23 points all year. That’s not going to get it done. 

7. Vikings (1-2-1) Last week: 7
Sure, the Vikings lost last week to the Rams, but the Rams are the best team in football and the Vikings had a good game after that clunker they played the week before against the Bills. The Vikings are better than their record suggests, which makes this NFC Championship Game rematch really exciting Sunday. 

8. Buccaneers (2-2) Last week: 5
The magic is gone. More specifically, the Fitzmagic is gone. The Bucs got spanked by the Bears, 48-10. Jameis Winston is the starting quarterback again going forward. We’ll see if he can provide a new spark. They have a bye next week to regroup.  

9. Falcons (1-3) Last week: 8
Atlanta has to start winning some of these close games. They lost by six to the Eagles in the opener, in overtime to the Saints and by one point to the Bengals on Sunday. 

10. Redskins (2-1) Last week: 10
On a bye week, Washington watched the Eagles blow their lead. It now owns the top spot in the NFC East. It’s hard to imagine the season ending like that. 

11. Cowboys (2-2) Last week: 13
A big game from Zeke Elliott helped the Cowboys win a close game over the Lions, 26-24, down there in the spaceship. He didn’t set the world on fire, but it was also an efficient game from Dak Prescott. The Cowboys are tied with the Eagles for the second spot in the division. 

12. Seahawks (2-2) Last week: 12
Seattle had a hard-fought win over the worst team in the NFL and lost its best defensive player in the process. 

13. Lions (1-3) Last week: 11
A new coach and the same story for the Lions. I thought they’d get a little momentum after the win over the Patriots, but when they had a chance to take down the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, they couldn’t get it done. Tough matchup against the Packers this week. 

14. Giants (1-3) Last week: 14
The Giants’ defense couldn’t stop the Saints when Brees didn’t have a big game. The Giants are in danger of dropping to 1-4 next week on the road at Carolina as the Panthers come off a bye. 

15. 49ers (1-3) Last week: 15
That was a tough loss to the Chargers on the road. C.J. Beathard actually played better than anyone probably expected. But without Jimmy Garappolo, stick a fork in ‘em. 

16. Cardinals (0-4) Last week: 16
The only winless team in the NFL. But … a big matchup against the 49ers next week. They have a chance to get a W next week. 

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