NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Focus on the Philadelphia Eagles

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Doing power rankings is tough, but because of the limited number of games on an NFL schedule, it's one of the only ways to get an idea of which teams are better than others given factors other than just their records.

At my site——I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams. It's a hugely subjective process in which I 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 résumé. They defeated the 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 Colts—albeit by only two points at home (where oddsmakers usually like to give a team a three-point advantage, meaning it was almost a loss).

A big statement would be 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, the Eagles 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.

The win over the Giants in Week 11 was quality, though it's a divisional game played at home, so you would expect the Eagles to win it if they're trying to be a playoff team.

To be honest, I was surprised that the Bears were able to get a win over the Eagles in Week 12, but the Bears have been able to play some good football this season when injuries (and snow) don't hamper them. The outcome was only five points difference, and the game was played in Chicago.

Beating the Texans by 10 in Week 13 was decent, but nothing overly special, given that the game was played in Philly and the Texans stand almost no shot of making the playoffs this season.

Week 14 is hard for me to judge. The game was in Dallas, so you can expect the divisional opponent to play a tougher game at home. The Eagles did win, but they only had a margin of victory of three points, which doesn't look good when the Cowboys have only won one-third of their games this season, collecting a paltry sum of four victories.

Still, it's a win, and it puts the Eagles in a tie for first place with the Giants for the NFC East, so that's something to be proud of.

The Week 15 game against those same Giants, this time the game played in the New Meadowlands near New York, could either be a huge victory for the Eagles or a big setback towards trying to win the division.

How does GuysNation compare the Eagles with the other 9-4 teams?

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 15!

You also will probably enjoy voicing your opinion through voting in nearly a dozen polls set up to help get people's feedback on the Power Rankings!

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 15 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 LIFELONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN, so you KNOW he's got a high opinion of his opinion!).