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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Week 15 power rankings: NFC East

By Matt Mosley

Don't look now, but the Eagles moved up three more spots and are now No. 5 in the Week 15 ESPN.com Power Rankings. Philly has gone from No. 11 to No. 5 in just two weeks as they prepare for a 49ers team that's coming off a nice win over the Cardinals. Now let's take a closer look at how our esteemed panel voted:

5. Philadelphia Eagles: Paul Kuharsky of AFC South blogging fame and ESPN.com senior writer Jeff Chadiha both had the Eagles in the sixth hole but they were neutralized by Mike Sando and John "The Professor" Clayton. Kuharsky and Chadiha think the Packers should be ahead of the Eagles in the rankings.

11. Dallas Cowboys: Kuharsky apparently has immense respect for Wade Phillips because he actually had the Cowboys in ninth place after their home loss to Norv Turner's Chargers. But Sando and Chadiha voted the Cowboys 11th. Right now, the Cowboys remain ahead of both Baltimore and Miami. I think both of those teams would beat the Cowboys in head-to-head matchups right now, though. What do you think?

14. New York Giants: Only fell two spots after the loss to the Eagles at home. The panel has the Giants ranked ahead of Tom Coughlin's former team, the Jaguars. I think Jacksonville's the better team right now. John Clayton is the one panelist who stood by this team in its time of need, ranking them 12th.

26. Washington Redskins: Only moved up one spot after the win over the Raiders. Sando rewarded Jim Zorn with a No. 22 ranking, but Kuharsky torpedoed the Skins with a No. 27 ranking. The Skins' PR department is reaching out to "assist" Kuharsky as we speak.

The overall ranking for the Beast: 13.4. And, yes, folks, the NFC East once again rules the power rankings. The Beast surpassed the pesky AFC South (13.5) and is racing away from the NFC North (15.8). John Clayton's average of 12.5 for the NFC East teams did the trick. Chadiha almost blew it with his 14.25. Sando had the AFC South and NFC East tied at 13 and Kuharsky stayed true to his blogging gig, giving the AFC South a sweet 13.25 ranking.