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NFL Power Rankings Roundup Week 12: Someone actually moved the Eagles down, lol

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A look at what the experts are saying about the Birds.

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Today we continue our weekly roundup of how various media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. It’s always interesting to see how the Birds stack up from an outside perspective. But first we’ll start by revisiting mine.

Bleeding Green Nation

1 - The Eagles aren’t just merely beating their opponents. They’re absolutely demolishing them. No team is more complete right now. (LW: 1)

SB Nation

1 - The Eagles ought to be thankful they have Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. (LW: 1)

ESPN

1 - The Eagles have had an OK season. They have the best record, have scored the most points, thrown the most passing touchdowns, have the best red zone efficiency, forced the third-most turnovers, allowed the second-lowest third-down conversion percentage ... you get the point. (LW: 1)

NFL.com

1 - There can be absolutely no debate as to who the top team in the league is after the Eagles trounced the Cowboys. Somewhere, Ron Jaworski, Wilbert Montgomery, Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Clyde Simmons and Wes Hopkins must've been smiling. Despite a slow start Sunday night, Carson Wentz showed not only that he is the top quarterback in a rich 2016 rookie class, but also that he is still the frontrunner for the MVP award. So what's next? See if all three running backs can get 100 yards in one game? Actually, the immediate task is for the Eagles to not let this win go to their collective heads. They've got the pesky Bears in Week 12, then road trips to visit the Seahawks and Rams. Whoa. (LW: 1)

CBS Sports

1 - They basically locked up the division title by dominating the Cowboys Sunday night. Now they have to try and lock up the top seed. (LW: 1)

Yahoo! Sports

1 - The second half on Sunday night might be the most impressive half of football we’ll see this season. The Eagles outscored the Cowboys 30-0 after halftime on the road to virtually clinch the NFC East title. With the division all but clinched, the attention turns to getting home-field advantage through the playoffs. Given how well they’re playing in every area, if they can get the No. 1 seed it’s going to be very hard for an opponent to come into Philly and win in January. (LW: 1)

Washington Post

1 - The Eagles have lapped the field in the NFC East, as their dominant second half Sunday night in Dallas demonstrated. It took them a half to shake off the rust from their bye week, but once they got things revved up, Philadelphia again looked very much like the league’s most complete team. (LW: 1)

Bleacher Report

2 - Yes, I'm dropping the Eagles a spot after a convincing win over Dallas. This isn't meant to slight Philadelphia; it's more about the Patriots. Also, I need to see the Eagles deliver in the postseason before I'll fully buy in. Still, I view New England as No. 1 and Philadelphia as 1A. They are clearly the two best teams in the game. It was a sluggish start for the Eagles in Week 11. They didn't capitalize on turnovers and good field position—and that might be because of the bye-week hangover. In the second half, though, they stomped on the gas. Carson Wentz once again showed why he's the leading MVP candidate. The run game got going in a big way. Once the Eagles get a lead, they're almost unstoppable because of that run game and defense. The defensive line is the best in the game, and I was impressed by the play of the secondary against Dallas. Simply put, the Eagles are awesome. (LW: 1)

[BLG Note: Lol, it’s only power rankings, so who cares, but dropping the Eagles after a dominating win over a division is dumb. You can talk all you want about how the Patriots defense is suddenly “better” but they still rank 31st in defensive DVOA and 32nd in opponent yards per play.]

USA Today

1 - 'I guarantee you we'll win the Super Bowl next year.' Alshon Jeffery made this proclamation in January ... when he was a Bear. Does it still count? (LW: 1)

Reddit

1 - It was a wholly one-sided affair in Dallas on Sunday night as the Eagles continue to roll toward an early lock for the playoffs. With that being said, the Vikings' and Saints' success means the Eagles will need to continue to win if they want to secure home field advantage. (LW: 1)

Sporting News

1 - They started a little slow after the bye in Dallas, but they quickly found overdrive with a dominant rushing attack and swarming defense to support Carson Wentz. This team keeps getting better and is peaking at the right time. (LW: 1)

Pro Football Talk

1 - Step One for making the no-kicker strategy work? Get Carson Wentz to play quarterback. (LW: 1)

Rotoworld

1 - How hot are the Eagles right now? They didn’t have a kicker for the second half of Sunday’s game in Dallas and still ran the Cowboys out of the building. We all know Philly can air it out but the Eagles’ running game doesn’t get enough credit. The Birds quietly rank second in the league in rushing yards per game and have gotten a nice boost from Jay Ajayi, who has averaged a robust 11.2 yards per carry since arriving at the trade deadline. (LW: 1)

Sports Illustrated

1 - No explanation (LW: 1)

Pro Football Focus

2 - We could say the same thing about the Eagles that we just said about the Patriots. Despite a mistake-riddled first half that left them behind 9-7 at the break in Dallas, the Eagles were able to produce a multiple-score win on the road to basically clinch their division through 11 weeks. While it took some time, free-agent acquisition Alshon Jeffery has emerged as a bona fide No. 1 receiver for second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, scoring four touchdowns and averaging 2.70 yards per route run since Week 8 (10th among receivers). With seemingly endless options in the backfield and a top-6 defense in our rating system, the Eagles are going to be hard to slow down moving forward. (LW: 2)

Football Outsiders

1 - The prodigal sons have returned! DVOA's favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, have finally returned to the top of our ratings this week thanks to a big win over the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles have had the best record in the league for a couple weeks now, and most observers ranked them as the top team in the NFL. DVOA had them just below the top until now. The Eagles were No. 3 last week but slip ahead of New Orleans, which remains at No. 2. Last week's top team, the Los Angeles Rams, drops to fourth after losing to the Minnesota Vikings, who are fifth. The Eagles are also our new Super Bowl favorites according to the playoff odds report, although their odds of making the playoffs aren't quite at 100 percent yet. The Eagles still miss the playoffs in a grand total of 24 out of 50,000 simulations. (LW: 3)

numberFire

2 - No explanation (LW: 4)

Analysis

The rankings range from as high as 1 to as low as 2. The most common ranking is 1. The average ranking is 1.18, which is up slightly from last week’s average of 1.35.

The Eagles just continue to dominate their opponents. When it comes to the metric sites, they benefited from the Rams losing and the Saints not playing their best game.

It’s silly how some have the Eagles at No. 2 behind the Pats. I get it, they’re the Pats. But the Eagles are clearly just the best team in the league. Whatever. That’ll be settled in February anyway.

The Eagles can maintain their No. 1 spot with a win over the 3-7 Bears this week. Unless someone drops them for only beating Chicago by 25 instead of 30.