Eagles Drop in Week 1 NFL Power Rankings After Near Loss: A Fan's Analysis

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The Philadelphia Eagles had a precarious place when it came to the NFL power rankings. As optimistic as Eagles fans like myself tried to be, we needed more evidence that this was a top 10 team. Unfortunately, not a lot of it came against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 9, which meant Philadelphia had to drop a bit in the post Week 1 NFL power rankings, in spite of winning by just 17-16.

My own rankings had the Eagles starting at No. 8, but now they are down to No. 10. Although they hardly looked like a top 10 club for 54 minutes against the Browns, the win was still a win. It had to put them ahead of the New York Giants, at least, who tumbled out of the top 10 for actually losing to the Dallas Cowboys on opening night.

The Cowboys made the biggest leap into the Eagles' old No. 8 slot, although it is also pretty tentative. Dallas can be great one week and awful the next, just like Philadelphia, so it can tumble back to the middle of the pack in no time.

It is clearer who runs the power rankings after Week 1, however. The New England Patriots were No. 1 to start off, and they did nothing to fall down when they took care of the Tennessee Titans. But now the San Francisco 49ers are up to the No. 2 spot after beating the old No. 2 in the Green Bay Packers. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens stayed at No. 3 after destroying the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Denver Broncos charged into the top 5.

As for the Eagles, they can stabilize in the power rankings by beating those No. 3 Ravens on Sept. 16. But if they get beaten by the Ravens like the Bengals did, especially after that near-loss to the now No. 32 Browns, Philadelphia will take a pretty big tumble downwards next week. Yet although the Eagles got punished for barely winning in Week 1, it will be a different story in Week 2 no matter how they would beat the Ravens.

Until then, here is where the Eagles and everyone else shapes up in the NFL power rankings after one real game.

1. New England Patriots: 1-0

2. San Francisco 49ers: 1-0

3. Baltimore Ravens: 1-0

4. Green Bay Packers: 0-1

5. Denver Broncos: 1-0

6. Houston Texans: 1-0

7. Atlanta Falcons: 1-0

8. Dallas Cowboys: 1-0

9. Pittsburgh Steelers: 0-1

10. Philadelphia Eagles: 1-0

11. New York Giants: 0-1

12. Chicago Bears: 1-0

13. Detroit Lions: 1-0

14. San Diego Chargers: 1-0

15. Washington Redskins: 1-0

16. New Orleans Saints: 0-1

17. New York Jets: 1-0

18. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-1

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-0

20. Carolina Panthers: 0-1

21. Tennessee Titans: 0-1

22. Arizona Cardinals: 1-0

23. Oakland Raiders: 0-1

24. Seattle Seahawks: 0-1

25. Minnesota Vikings: 1-0

26. Kansas City Chiefs: 0-1

27. Buffalo Bills: 0-1

28. Miami Dolphins: 0-1

29. St. Louis Rams: 0-1

30. Indianapolis Colts: 0-1

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: 0-1

32. Cleveland Browns: 0-1

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

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