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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Jordan Matthews is the Eagles' X-factor

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Here is a weekly round-up of how various media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. The Eagles beat their division rivals in thrilling fashion this week. Let's start by revisiting my rankings.

Bleeding Green Nation

13) Philadelphia got back to .500 with a big win in Dallas. Chip Kelly's offense has shown signs of life in recent weeks. The Eagles own the ninth best point differential in the NFL. (LW: 15)

SB Nation

15) The Eagles, meantime, won an important game against the Cowboys in Dallas, moving themselves back to .500. Sam Bradford completed 25 of 36 passes for 295 yards and hooked up with Jordan Matthews for the game-winning touchdown in overtime, a redemption of a play for two players who have been under a lot of heat of late. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews combined for 173 yards rushing. The game came at a cost for the Eagles though, who lost Jordan Hicks with a torn pectoral muscle. (LW: 16)

Football Outsiders

10) N/A (LW: 12)

Pro Football Focus

10) Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has 68 targets, 45 catches, and 515 yards when lining up in the slot. (LW: 12)

numberFire

10) N/A

The MMQB

15) Losing Jordan Hicks, a potential defensive rookie of the year pick (one sack, two picks, a touchdown, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble) is a big blow to their linebacking unit. (LW: 18)

ESPN

16) The Eagles have rushed for 150 yards in each of their past four games. Only the Rams (five straight) have boasted a longer streak this season. (LW: 18)

NFL.com

12) Wild game in Dallas, with the payoff being that the Eagles are right there with the Giants in the NFC East race. New York is up in the standings with a 5-4 record, but the Giants are also one of the few teams in the NFL to not have had a bye yet. Philly is 4-4 and has the current head-to-head advantage over Big Blue, via a Monday night win over the Giants a few weeks back. I was going to drop another sweet line here, but figured the Eagles' receivers are better at dropping things than me. #poorSam (LW: 12)

CBS (Prisco)

17) They got the offense going against Dallas, and it might be time for them to make a big push. It's starting to look like the offense we expected to see. (LW: 19)

CBS (Kirwan)

16) Sam Bradford looks better, but it's mostly thanks to an improved running game. (LW: 19)

Yahoo!

15) Sam Bradford had 295 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night. If you watched that game, you know his performance didn't seem nearly that good. (LW: 16)

FOX Sports

15) Second-year wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who had struggled during the team’s first seven games, broke out with 133 yards receiving and a game-winning touchdown. He is the X-factor in a potential second-half run in the bad NFC East. (LW: 20)

Reddit

15) Despite several questionable DPI calls, the Eagles still managed to pull victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday night. Jordan Matthews redeemed all 450 dropped passes this year with the game winning catch, and even DeMarco Murray got in on the action, accounting for 161 total yards. The win puts the Eagles a half game back on the Giants for the division lead, and more importantly, leaves Dallas in the deep, dark NFCE cellar. (LW: 16)

PFT

14) Congratulations, the offense is finally average. (LW: 16)

USA Today

14) WR Jordan Matthews is awake, ground game is averaging 173.3 yards over last month -- maybe Chip Kelly did push right buttons. (LW: 14)

Business Insider

18) Jordan Matthews finally got it going on Sunday night. He hauled in 11 catches for 133 yards, and won the game with a 41-yard touchdown in OT. (LW: 17)

Newsday

9) Sam Bradford takes a big step forward with a gutsy win in Dallas as the Eagles quarterback wins it with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews in overtime. (LW: 14)

Washington Post

12) DeMarco Murray was productive in his return to Dallas and the Eagles stayed on the heels of the Giants in the NFC East chase. It’s probably just a race to see which team in the division can secure the right to lose a first-round playoff game. But everyone can put that aside for now and pretend it’s meaningful. (LW: 18)

Chicago Tribune

13) Home for five of the next seven with the Dolphins and Bucs headed to Philly next. Could start a little roll. (LW: 18)

Houston Chronicle

10) After winning at Dallas and moving within a half-game of first, the host Eagles shouldn't have a problem against Miami. (LW: 14)

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Analysis

The rankings range from as high as 9 to as low as 18. 10 and 15 were tied for the most common ranking. 13.4 is the average ranking. That's nearly 2.5 spots up from last week's average ranking of 16.

The Eagles have an opportunity to build on their big Week 9 win this week by beating the Dolphins at home. It's up to Philadelphia to prove they can be consistent.