Here is a weekly round-up of how various media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. The Eagles didn't play last weekend because they had their bye. Let's start by revisiting my rankings.
16) N/A (LW: 14)
12) N/A (LW: 9)
12) The safety with the second-highest overall grade is Malcolm Jenkins. His coverage grade is second-best, and run defense grade, 15th-best. (LW: 11)
18) I hope Sam Bradford watched Tom Brady tape on his bye week. (LW: 16)
18) The Eagles have the best point differential (plus-23) among teams with losing records this season. Up next are the Cowboys, who have been outscored by 49 points during their five-game skid, the fourth-worst differential during that span. (LW: 15)
12) It was a bye week in Philly, and hopefully ... hopefully ... we all got closer to answering a question that has been nagging many who watch this team, including your friendly writer: Why, in this offense, is Ryan Mathews not getting the ball more? Mathews is more explosive than DeMarco Murray, which is hugely important, given that most of the runs come out of shotgun. Health -- not talent -- was always the question with Mathews. (LW: 11)
19) They certainly haven't been what many expected them to be. Is Sam Bradford the problem? (LW: 19)
19) The offense has run 76 plays or more in each of the last three games. That's the way the Eagles want to play, and it sets the tone for everything else that happens in the game. I bet they fine-tuned the system during the bye. (LW: 19)
16) At some point the Eagles have to return from the bye, consider how bad they've been, realize they're still just a half-game out of first place and feel pretty fortunate. (LW: 16)
20) The Eagles used the bye week to get healthier at the skill positions and along the offensive line. Head coach Chip Kelly is running out of excuses for Sam Bradford’s inability to move the offense. (LW: 18)
16) Eagles were on bye, and with the Giants loss, are now .5 games back in the division. It's also been rumored that Sam Bradford went as zombie Tony Romo for Halloween. (LW: 16)
16) Best part of the bye week? No interceptions from Sam Bradford, guaranteed. (LW: 16)
14) Their next four opponents, including Dallas, are a collective 9-20. Time to bury one rival and stake a strong NFC East claim. (LW: 14)
17) The Eagles have the easiest remaining schedule of anyone in the NFC East, and despite a lousy start to the season, they're only one game behind the 4-4 Giants. (LW: 17)
14) The Eagles return from the bye to face the Cowboys on the road. (LW: 12)
18) The Eagles return from their bye with the chance to be the latest team to take advantage of the Tony Romo-less Cowboys. It’s tempting to say that this is practically an elimination game. But with the NFC East race so forgiving, it’s next to impossible to be out of the running. (LW: 18)
18) The second half of the season is going to be interesting for Chip Kelly if things don't start to break for the Eagles. (LW: 15)
14) After getting a week off, the Eagles have to win at Dallas to avoid getting swept by the foundering Cowboys. (LW: 14)
The rankings range from as high as 12 to as low as 20. 18 was the most common ranking. 16 is the average ranking. That's one full spot down from last week's average ranking of 15.
The Eagles have a big opportunity this week to get back on track by beating the Cowboys in Dallas. Not only can the Birds get to .500 at 4-4 but they can also bury the Cowboys' season by dropping their rivals down to 2-6.