The Philadelphia Eagles are knocking on the door of the top five in the ESPN.com Power Rankings following Monday's 59-28 win over the Washington Redskins. I would've put the Eagles in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5), but apparently the voters have immense respect for Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando has pulled back the curtain on the once-mysterious voting process, and the transparency is staggering. Let's take a closer look at how the four teams from the Beast fared in the Power Rankings:
6. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles should've moved up more than two spots following consecutive wins over the Colts and Redskins. Sando agreed with me, giving Philly a No. 5 vote. But John "The Professor" Clayton apparently wants to see more from Michael Vick and friends. He gave the Eagles their lowest vote with a stunning "8." If the Eagles beat the Giants on Sunday night, I think the voters will finally stand at attention to Andy Reid, who needs to invest in a rain repellent jacket.
8. New York Giants: The voters could've been much tougher on the Giants. AFC North guru James Walker punished them a bit with a "10" spot, but Clayton had them two spots ahead of the Eagles at No. 6. I guess he's giving the Giants some grace based on all their injuries heading into the Cowboys game.
21. Washington Redskins: Sando hammered the Skins with a No. 24 vote -- and I think that's about right. That was an embarrassing performance in a big spot. Clayton has the Redskins at No. 18, ahead of the Chargers and the Texans. There's no way I'd have the Skins in the top 20 after that poor effort against the Eagles. It seems like the voters were in a very forgiving mood this week.
29. Dallas Cowboys: I thought the Cowboys would jump four or five spots after beating a team that was in the top five of the Power Rankings. But only Walker tried to move the Cowboys up -- to 27. Clayton and AFC South stalwart Paul Kuharsky left the Cowboys twisting in the wind at "29." Surely Jason Garrett and his magic lectern deserve better.