Earlier today at the site I released my Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. But for some people, that's not enough, and what is only one opinion worth?
21) Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 24) - A win over the second worst team in the league only goes so far, but it was a win the Eagles needed.
23) Chip Kelly's rookie season was never going to match the hype, not with that defense. On the other hand, Philadelphia is the first team to post 1,300 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first five games of the season. There are also Michael Vick's limitations passing the ball and staying healthy. Now Nick Foles gets a shot with Vick nursing a hamstring injury.
18) 2-0 in the crummy NFC East is a good foothold for the Eagles to focus on. They have two more divisional games at home against the Cowboys and Giants coming up -- wins in those contests could put them on the fast track to hosting a playoff game, despite being a very flawed team.
25) The Eagles escaped with a victory against the horrible Giants on Sunday. LeSean McCoy just couldn't help himself on twitter, telling the world that Knowshon Moreno sucks. Not exactly how you behave professionally. You've got to leave that crap to the fans, but since he didn't, us fans took him to the cleaners on Twitter. I'd be happy to see this arrogant punk lose the rest of his games this year.
21: Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) Last Week's Ranking: 25
With Vick down injured, Nick Foles stepped up and led the Eagles to a victory which gives them a share of the lead in the NFC East, who would've guessed? The Eagles will be a tough challenge for any defense and have a real shot at the play-offs.
21) Nick Foles was able to come in and play well, but it was against the winless Giants
24. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3): The Eagles continued to soar even with Nick Foles running the show. (LW: 24)
20) A two position jump for beating the hapless New York Giants at this point seems a little too much.
23) No sooner had Chip Kelly said that his "approach to keeping players healthy is working," than Michael Vick goes down with an injury. The Eagles are technically in first place in the NFC East, thanks to a shiny 2-0 division record. Michael Vick's thigh injury might keep him out of the Tampa Bay game, although he might not be needed for them to return to the land of .500. Cowboys in two weeks. (KD)
21) What does the loss of Michael Vick mean to the Eagles? Maybe nothing this week in Tampa, but next week's game against Dallas has serious implications in a wide-open NFC East.
20) At 2-3, they are in the thick of the bad divisional race. Nick Foles proved he can get it done when called to do so.
23. The No. 1 rushing team in the NFL with 187 yards a game has to support a shaky defense and they may have to do it without Michael Vick for a while.
20) Nick Foles has a great chance to solidify himself as a legitimate starting NFL quarterback. If he plays well, there's no reason to turn back to Michael Vick.
23) If you're an Eagles fan -- or just think the NFC East stinks -- you have to be encouraged by the way Nick Foles stepped in and played against the Giants on Sunday. Completing 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns -- in a divisional game on the road, no less -- is clutch. That's especially true when one considers that Michael Vick had been getting the majority of the reps in practice. We'll see if Foles can keep things going; he's likely to get the start next week if Vick and his hamstring aren't ready. Philadelphia showed some resilience not seen in successive losses to the Chiefs and Broncos.
Analysis: The rankings range from 18-25, with most of the rankings falling around 21 through 23. Understandable, considering the Eagles only beat the league's second worst team in the New York Giants. This week wasn't about moving up so much as it was about stopping the bleeding.
Philadelphia has another chance to move up slightly by beating the Buccaneers on Sunday.