The Eagles finally lost a game after three straight wins. That means they were a pretender the last few weeks right? The offense took two whole games to score 53 points, rather than doing it in one game like before... So Michael Vick and the Eagles offense has been figured out. At least that's what the power rankers will likely have you believe this week. Regardless, the Eagles are still a top 10 team and at this point in the season the fact that you're in the top 10 is more important than where. We've separated the wheat from the chaff for the most part and from here on out the top 10-12 teams are just fighting it out for division titles and playoff positioning.
The Eagles were among the real contenders in the NFC before Sunday and their loss to the Bears hasn't changed that. So without further ado, here are SBNation.com’s NFL power rankings for week 13. The ranks are theirs, the comments are mine.
(1) New England Patriots (9-2) – So far the Eagles have been a part of the three highest rated games on the NFL season, that’s probably going to change next Monday night when the Pats face the Jets in one of the biggest games of the NFL season. (LW: 1)
(3) Atlanta Falcons (9-2) – Maybe "Matty Ice" could win a playoff game before he earns a nickname that sounds like he’s "clutch?" If not a playoff game, how about just a couple of decent road wins? (LW: 3)
(4) New Orleans Saints (8-3) – Any team who beat Dallas in Dallas on national TV is ok by me.. (LW: 4)
(7) Chicago Bears (8-3) – Bears finally got a quality win, even though they nearly lost it at the end. They’ve got a brutal schedule from here on out. (LW: 11)
(8) Green Bay Packers (7-4) – Like the Eagles, they lost a tough road game against a quality opponent. That happens. (LW: 7)
(9) Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) – You must be doing something right when people are praising the opposing defenses for holding your offense to only 50+ points in two games. (LW: 8)
(11) San Diego Chargers (6-5) – If this team had any semblance of a special teams early in the year, many would be talking about them as the best team in the league. (LW: 14)
(12) Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) – This is just a hell of a team at home. (LW: 13)
(13) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) – Failed a test against a good team in Baltimore. Will Atlanta further expose the Bucs next week? (LW: 12)
(15) Miami Dolphins (6-5) – I have absolutely no idea what to expect of this team from week to week. None. (LW: 17)
(16) Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) – This is a team who I watch and don’t see how they’re any good, yet there they are atop their division. (LW: 15)
(17) Houston Texans (5-6) – THey’ll be bringing the NFL’s worst pass defense into Philadelphia on short rest this week. Probably won’t be pretty. At least Andre Johnson won’t get upset because Asante Samuel is being too rough. (LW: 20)
(20) Seattle Seahawks (5-6) – It’s a crime that a team this bad is probably going to make the playoffs. (LW: 21)
(22) Washington Redskins (5-6) – Lost at home to the Vikings just when it seemed like maybe they’d turned things around. It probably won’t be pretty when they travel to face the Giants this week. (LW: 19)
(23) Cleveland Browns (4-7) – At least one fanbase thinks Josh McDaniels is doing a great job. (LW: 23)
(24) San Francisco 49ers (4-7) – Brian Westbrook dialed back the clock last night with a big performance, but he’s been resting on the bench all year. Can he stay healthy now that he’ll carry the load with Frank Gore out for the year? (LW: 25)
(25) Minnesota Vikings (4-7) – The new coach bump is 2-0 this season. I say fire Leslie Frazier this week and keep it rolling. (LW: 27)
(26) Dallas Cowboys (3-8) – All wins do is hurt their draft position at this point and convince Jerry Jones that Jason Garrett actually had nothing to do with the disappointment of this season. So in that way, losing on Thanksgiving was good. (LW: 24)
(27) Denver Broncos (3-8) – Is Josh McDaniels the worst coach in the NFL right now? Seriously, Wade Phillips is gone. It may be true. (LW: 26)
(28) Buffalo Bills (2-9) – They were on track for the biggest upset of the season until God screwed it up. (LW: 28).
(32) Carolina Panthers (1-10) – The latest team to get run over by Peyton Hillis. The only thinkg they should be worrying about is whether to take a QB with their top 2 pick next year or whether one of the 8 QBs they drafted last year can play. (LW: 32)