Eagles' Best of the Rest in Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: A Fan's Analysis

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The Philadelphia Eagles took a hit in the NFL power rankings going into Week 4. But if they lost to the New York Giants on Sept. 30, Eagles fans like myself would freak out over more than rankings. However, Philadelphia survived New York by mere inches and got to keep their place in the NFL top 10 for now - though there wasn't much room to move up.

Week 4 was actually pretty conventional compared to the past three weeks. There weren't any huge upsets, while the current top teams stayed hot and elite clubs like the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots rebounded from rough losses. The Eagles rebounded too, but they are still shy of the elite in the power rankings so far.

The Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals have to be at the cream of the crop because they haven't lost yet. The Packers and Patriots are still not far behind despite being 2-2, while the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are above those two because they beat them head-to-head. This leaves the Eagles as the best of the rest behind these elite seven.

At the least, Philadelphia leads all other NFC East teams in the power rankings, since it also has sole possession of first place in the standings. The Giants had to slide out of the top 10, although the Dallas Cowboys took an even greater tumble after stumbling against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 1.

Given how the Cowboys and Giants have gone back and forth from brilliant to disappointing, they are probably due for bigger weeks soon enough. As for the Eagles, there is no room to let up, since they visit the desperate, 1-2 Pittsburgh Steelers and then host the even more desperate 1-3 Detroit Lions before their bye.

The NFL power rankings may be ready to settle down after a chaotic September - and hopefully the Eagles will settle down as well and win a little easier. Maybe beating the Steelers and Lions won't get them closer to the elite, given how those opponents have struggled more than expected. But Philadelphia is still knocking on the door of the top teams - and since it was four points away from being 0-4, that is a pretty good place to be.

Here is where the Eagles and the rest of the NFL stand in the rankings after Week 4.

1. Houston Texans: 4-0

2. Atlanta Falcons: 4-0

3. Baltimore Ravens: 3-1

4. San Francisco 49ers: 3-1

5. Arizona Cardinals: 4-0

6. New England Patriots: 2-2

7. Green Bay Packers: 2-2

8. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-1

9. Chicago Bears: 3-1

10. Cincinnati Bengals: 3-1

11. New York Giants: 2-2

12. San Diego Chargers: 3-1

13. Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-2

14. Dallas Cowboys: 2-2

15. Minnesota Vikings: 3-1

16. Denver Broncos: 2-2

17. Seattle Seahawks: 2-2

18. Washington Redskins: 2-2

19. Detroit Lions: 1-3

20. New York Jets: 2-2

21. Buffalo Bills: 2-2

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-3

23. Carolina Panthers: 1-3

24. St. Louis Rams: 2-2

25. Miami Dolphins: 1-3

26. Tennessee Titans: 1-3

27. Indianapolis Colts: 1-2

28. Oakland Raiders: 1-3

29. Kansas City Chiefs: 1-3

30. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-3

31. New Orleans Saints: 0-4

32. Cleveland Browns: 0-4

Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.

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