A weekly examination of the Eagles' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 25 | Last Week: 11 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Obviously, ESPN.com's six-person Power Rankings panel wrote “Eagles” next to the No. 11 in indelible marker. After being one of the most wildly vacillating teams in the NFL for much of the season, the Eagles have been at No. 11 for the final three weeks.
They were 11th after losing 48-30 in Minnesota. They were 11th after beating Chicago 54-11. And they’re 11th in the final poll after going to Dallas and earning the NFC East title with a 24-22 victory.
Is it a fair ranking? Seems a little low to my eyes. The Eagles went 7-1 in the second half of the season. They have the NFL’s leading rusher, top-rated passer and a defense that has given up more than 22 points just once in 11 games. Yet they are two spots below an Arizona team that (A) didn’t make the playoffs and (B) lost to the Eagles on Dec. 1.
They’re also five spots below New Orleans, the team they host in a first-round playoff game Saturday night.