NFC East: 2013 NFL Week 13 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 29 Washington

November, 26, 2013
11/26/13
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A weekly examination of the Redskins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 27 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Washington Redskins fell in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. In related news, it’s Tuesday.

The Redskins have spent the season playing poorly and their ranking has reflected that; nobody is about to argue that point. They’re 29th and propped up only because the voters consider Atlanta, Jacksonville and Houston worse. But if the Jaguars beat Houston on Thursday and the Redskins lose to the New York Giants, they could plummet further. The Redskins went south for training camp, and then the season went that way in a hurry.

The question is, where do they go from here? Washington’s players and coaches must prove that they are indeed going in the right direction. But the voters keep sending them in the other direction.

I’ve seen defeated teams at the end of seasons. Oftentimes they’re not surprised by what’s happened when they’re being honest. This team is more confused and shocked by what’s happened. But if it continues, nobody should feel that way. The groundwork has been laid; the precedent has been set.

NFL Power Rankings: No. 11 Eagles

November, 26, 2013
11/26/13
2:00
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A weekly examination of the Eagles’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 25| Last Week: 12 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Eagles had a pretty productive bye week. They had the chance to rest, get healthy and step up one spot in ESPN.com’s weekly NFL Power Rankings. Like last week, the most compelling aspect is the company the Eagles are in. Four of their five remaining games are against teams ranked within three spots of them, starting with this week’s game against the No. 9 Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles also play the No. 13 Detroit Lions and No. 14 Chicago Bears. They finish their season against the 12th-ranked Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles received one top-10 vote. Panelist Mike Sando had them 10th, while the other five voters had them at 11 or 12.

Power Rankings: No. 12 Dallas Cowboys

November, 26, 2013
11/26/13
2:00
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A weekly examination of the Cowboys' ESPN.com Power Ranking

Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Slowly but surely, the Dallas Cowboys are climbing back up the ESPN.com Power Rankings. They check in at No. 12, a two-spot improvement after their win Sunday against the New York Giants moved them back into first place in the NFC East.

The Cowboys are a spot behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the rankings and are the seventh-ranked NFC team, but they could move past the Eagles with a win Thursday against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys' bump might have to do with the faults of the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers here in recent weeks. The Cowboys lost the head-to-head meeting with Detroit by a point and have December meetings against the Bears and Packers when they should have quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers back in the lineup.

Ashley Fox and Kevin Seifert gave the Cowboys the best grade at No. 11, while John Clayton was unmoved by the win, keeping them at No. 14, as did Jamison Hensley.

The Cowboys have a real chance to keep momentum with a win against the Raiders. Jason Garrett has a resilient team. Now he will find out if they can handle success. They have had only one two-game winning streak this season.

Power Rankings: No. 23 New York Giants

November, 26, 2013
11/26/13
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A weekly examination of the Giants' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 12 | Last week: 22 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A home loss to the Dallas Cowboys drops the Giants one spot, and back into the bottom 10, in this week's edition of the Power Rankings. Four of our six voters, including this one, ranked the Giants 23rd. Mike Sando has them at No. 22. John Clayton has them at No. 24. So some fairly strong agreement on where they belong at this point in their 4-7 season.

I'm sure there are some Giants fans out there who'll be irked that they're a spot behind the Jets, but when you get down into the 20s in this kind of poll, you're more or less nitpicking. The case can be made that the Giants are a better team now than they were in September and early October, but the damage done by their 0-6 start has to be factored into any evaluation of their season to date, and it's not as though they've completely shaken off the problems that were on display during that time.

With five games left in the Giants' season, this week's Power Rankings offer good news in the form of the No. 29 Washington Redskins, as the Giants play them (A) next and (B) twice. Their other three games will be on the road against the No. 15 Chargers and No. 13 Lions and at home against our new No. 1 team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Sando, Kevin Seifert and I will host a live Spreecast video chat at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss the Power Rankings, and we'd love to have you drop by and submit a question. Just click on these little blue letters right here to get to the chat.

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