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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.”

We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

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We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

We've found the one thing Joel Embiid is afraid of.

It's not an opposing big man. 

It's water.

We all know Embiid would have no qualms about sliding into Rihanna's DMs, but prior to those pictures, it was difficult for his mates to get him down a slide in the Bahamas. As evidenced by this hilarious video from Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin.

@joelembiid is not a fan of water slides 😂 (@michaelgrubin)

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Hey, as long as he doesn't have to face-up Hassan Whiteside in a pool, the Sixers should be OK.

In all seriousness though, Sixers fans would probably prefer that Embiid stays as far as possible from any type of contraption that could potentially lead to a freak injury.

Two former Eagles to compete on the Bachelorette

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Two former Eagles to compete on the Bachelorette

On the last season of The Bachelor, Becca Kufrin, aka Becca K., won the show by ending up with former racecar driver Arie Luyendyk, aka Arie, only to have him call off the engagement and wedding on national TV and propose to the show’s runner-up, Lauren Burnham, aka Lauren B.

Let’s hope these former athletes treat her a little better.

Today on their Facebook page, The Bachelor revealed the men that would be vying for the heart of the once-scorn show contestant and two of them stood out, former Eagles TEs Clay Harbor and Colton Underwood.

Harbor probably doesn’t require as much googling as Underwood because he was drafted by the Eagles in 2010 in the fourth round and pulled in 114 catches and nearly 1,200 yards with eight scores in his career for four teams. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016.

Underwood was literally on the Eagles’ practice squad for six days in 2014 and was on the practice squad for two other teams without appearing in an NFL game.

If you already watch the show, a few former NFL players could be an interesting wrinkle to the house dynamic, but if you’re not a fan, I’m not sure these names, even as Eagles fans, will pull you in.

The show kicks off on May 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.