Eagles Stay Where They Are in Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: A Fan's Analysis

Yahoo Contributor Network

The Philadelphia Eagles didn't tumble down the NFL power rankings going into Week 8. Since they didn't even play in Week 7, that helped bail the Eagles out from losing and falling any further. Of course, Philadelphia fans like myself know that the Birds won't be bailed out like that again.

My last power rankings had the Eagles stuck at No. 13, even though they probably should have been lower. Yet with a lack of teams over .500, Philadelphia got to stay in the top 15 - albeit at unlucky No. 13. So since the Eagles didn't play in Week 7, they earned the right to stay where they were for the moment.

The rankings stayed virtually the same everywhere else as well, with the Eagles' next opponent staying at No. 1 - mainly since the Atlanta Falcons also had a bye and got to stay undefeated. The order directly below the Falcons changed a little, with the Houston Texans leaping back to No. 2 after throttling the now No. 6 Baltimore Ravens.

Three NFC teams make up the rest of the top 5 in the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. And with the Green Bay Packers knocking back on the door at 4-3, the NFC is starting to get too crowded for the Eagles. But with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks falling out of the top 10, Philadelphia could leapfrog them with an upset over Atlanta, at least.

The power rankings behind the Eagles stayed pretty much the same. The Dallas Cowboys didn't budge at No. 15 after beating the Carolina Panthers, and the Washington Redskins didn't get punished for pushing the Giants to the limit. But while these three NFC East clubs are in the middle of the pack, the Giants are still towering over them - and now have official leg room in the standings to boot.

If the Eagles fall to the Falcons and drop to 3-4, the next drop in the power rankings will be the least of Philadelphia's problems. But one way or another, they should rise or fall after every week from now on instead of staying where they are - yet it would be nice to start rising again.

Here is where the Eagles and everyone else in the NFL find themselves going into Week 8.

1. Atlanta Falcons: 6-0

2. Houston Texans: 6-1

3. New York Giants: 5-2

4. Chicago Bears: 5-1

5. San Francisco 49ers: 5-2

6. Baltimore Ravens: 5-2

7. Green Bay Packers: 4-3

8. New England Patriots: 4-3

9. Pittsburgh Steelers: 3-3

10. Minnesota Vikings: 5-2

11. Arizona Cardinals: 4-3

12. Seattle Seahawks: 4-3

13. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-3

14. Denver Broncos: 3-3

15. Dallas Cowboys: 3-3

16. Washington Redskins: 3-4

17. San Diego Chargers: 3-3

18. Miami Dolphins: 3-3

19. New York Jets: 3-4

20. Buffalo Bills: 3-4

21. Detroit Lions: 2-4

22. Indianapolis Colts: 3-3

23. Tennessee Titans: 3-4

24. Cincinnati Bengals: 3-4

25. St. Louis Rams: 3-4

26. New Orleans Saints: 2-4

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-4

28. Oakland Raiders: 2-4

29. Carolina Panthers: 1-5

30. Cleveland Browns: 1-6

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-5

32. Kansas City Chiefs: 1-5

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

Other stories by this contributor

Eagles must know this isn't the ideal time for Foles to start

Eagles may have to look up at Giants for a while

Idle Eagles hope Giants don't pull further away

Eagles likely relieved to see bye week end

Eagles' problems in Lions loss go beyond final minutes

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball
View Comments