NFL Power Rankings Week 14: Focus on the Philadelphia Eagles

Rob BeloteSenior Analyst IDecember 9, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field during player introductions against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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At my sitewww.GuysNation.comI do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process in which I try to account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

Where do the Philadelphia Eagles currently rank?

They have some good victories on their resume.  They defeated the Atlanta Falcons before their bye week, and although they followed that up with a loss to Tennessee, they regrouped during their week off and came back to beat the Indianapolis Coltsalbeit by only two points at home (where odds makers usually like to give teams a three point advantage, meaning it was almost a loss). 

A big statement came in Week 10 on Monday Night Football, and as a Washington Redskins fan, I almost hate to talk about it.  Any time a team can win a road game against a divisional opponent, it's a good thing.  Heck, that's why earlier in the season I dropped Philly in my rankings because of their loss at home to the Redskins.  Well now the Eagles have returned the favor in a big way.

One of the things you need to know about the power rankings is that I consider the margin of victory and the location of the game heavily, which means the Eagles got quite a boost by trouncing the Redskins in Washington.

After that win, they hosted another division rival, the New York Giants, and beat them too.

Week 12 saw them take a road trip to Chicago, and as a surprise to many, the Eagles lost to the Bears.  It was a road game, though, and road game losses are discounted as are losses by less than eight points (this one was by five).

While beating Houston adds another win to the Eagles' record, no one was surprised by it.  That's a "must have" game at home for a Philly team looking to do well in the playoffs, right? 

So with a bunch of teams at 8-4, Philly's resume had to compare favorably against some, but not as good against others.  Chicago beat them last week, so you know the Bears are ahead of the Eagles.  The Giants lost to the Eagles a few weeks ago, but that was played in Philly and against divisional opponents, you expect to win the home games.  The Ravens haven't played the Eagles, but Baltimore has a strong resume of opponents.  A lot of people consider the Jets a weak 9-3 team, and because I don't just rank based on record, there's a chance the Eagles could've been listed ahead of them.

For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website,!  Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 14.

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 14 picks article on, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated amongst myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFE LONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN).