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NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Can Mark Sanchez beat the Cowboys?

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Week 12 of the 2014 NFL season is over which means it's time for everyone's favorite activity: NFL Power Rankings. With the return of power rankings comes the return of the weekly Philadelphia Eagles power rankings compilation.

Here is a round-up of how various Internet media outlets have ranked the Eagles. Let's see what the 'experts' are saying. As always, we'll start by revisiting mine first.

Bleeding Green Nation

5) The Eagles responded to a blowout loss last week with a comfortable win over a bad team this week. Philadelphia faces a huge game in Dallas this week. They will need to bring their A-game.

Last week: 6

SB Nation

3) Coming in just behind the Packers in our rankings are the Eagles and Broncos. Both rebounded from losses this week to get back on the winning track. Philly routed the Titans as Mark Sanchez got his third straight 300+ yard passing game, but the Eagles' new quarterback is still working out some of the kinks. Sanchez turned the ball over two more times and faced some heat from the media in Philly as the Eagles prepare to face off against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. This one was a game the Eagles had to have after last week's embarrassing blowout to Green Bay, and they dispatched Tennessee with authority. That Packers game not withstanding, Philly is explosive on offense, has an underrated defense and has managed to make game-changing plays on special teams. The Eagles remain dangerous.

Last week: 7

Mile High Report

5) N/A

Last week: 13

Music City Miracles

4) N/A

Last week: 4

Revenge of the Birds

8) N/A

Last week: 9

Cincy Jungle

6) Big game on Thanksgiving between the Eagles and Cowboys for the drivers seat in the division.

Last week: 8

Philadelphia Daily News

6) Twenty-seven turnovers. An 8-3 record. How is that possible?

Last week: 7

CBS (Prisco)

6) They are scoring and they have a pass rush, which is a good combination. Can they take it on the road Thursday at Dallas?

Last week: 6

CBS (Kirwan)

6) The Eagles have gone 3-1 with Mark Sanchez under center and he has thrown for over 1,100 yards in doing so. His six turnovers in the four games are the potential issue. The Cowboys in Dallas on a short week is next for a team that runs 50 no-huddle plays a game.

Last week: 10

ESPN

6) The Eagles have won 10 straight games in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak since 1991-93 (11 games). Philly finished undefeated against the AFC South this season.

Last week: 8

NFL.com

6) Well, those who've said Mark Sanchez will give you an interception for every touchdown pass he throws are looking prescient now. (Two more picks for the Sanchize on Sunday.) But as long as the defense and special teams keep scoring -- and LeSean McCoy runs north-south -- well ...

Last week: 7

FOX

7) The Eagles can only hope that LeSean McCoy builds on momentum from Week 12 because the offense needs to stay run-first with Mark Sanchez at the helm. Defensively, the secondary continues to struggle in limiting big passing plays on a weekly basis.

Last week: 9

PFT

5) With Cowboys, Seahawks, Cowboys on the immediate horizon, we’ll know plenty about this team soon.

Last week: 5

Yahoo!

5) The Eagles are tremendous at destroying awful teams. One potential problem might be the lack of awful teams in the playoffs, outside of the NFC South champ.

Last week: 5

USA Today

7) Don't look now, but the defense is suddenly becoming formidable, and Philly's 38 sacks top the NFC. Look out, Tony Romo.

Last week: 7

Business Insider

6) The Mark Sanchez era has been an up and down affair. He's turning the ball over so much that the Eagles will welcome back Nick Foles with open arms when he's healthy.

Last week: 7

Washington Post

7) QB Mark Sanchez has topped 300 passing yards in each of his three starts since taking over the injured Nick Foles, and the Eagles are 2-1 in those games. But Sanchez has thrown two interceptions in each of his past two starts. He’s thrown six interceptions and lost two fumbles in four games this season, including a relief appearance in the game in which Foles got hurt. He needs to reduce the mistakes as the Eagles prepare to play the Cowboys twice in a three-game stretch that could decide the division title.

Last week: 11

Newsday

6) Rejuvenated Mark Sanchez ties an Eagles record with his third straight 300-yard game as Philly dominates the overmatched Titans at home to keep pace with Dallas for the NFC East lead.

Last week: 8

Analysis

The rankings range from as high as 3 to as low as 8. 6 was the most common ranking. 5.78 is the average ranking. That's nearly up two spots from last week's average ranking of 7.65.

A number of outlets didn't move the Eagles too much, which makes sense because they only beat the lowly Tennessee Titans. Other outlets corrected their overreaction to the Eagles loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.

Philadelphia has a big opportunity to move up in the rankings this week with a win over the Cowboys. Dallas ranks higher than Philadelphia in a number of these rankings so the Eagles win would not only boost themselves up but it would knock the Cowboys down as well.

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