Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 14 Philadelphia Eagles
By Phil Sheridan
A weekly examination of the Eagles’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 25 | Last Week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
After that flashy, splashy debut on "Monday Night Football," it is no surprise the Philadelphia Eagles made the biggest jump in ESPN's weekly Power Rankings.
Chip Kelly's team vaulted from 25th to 14th, from the muddied bottom to the top half of the NFL. The preseason ranking made sense. The Eagles were 4-12 on merit last year and they were implementing drastic new systems on both offense and defense. Those things usually take time.
But Kelly is all about getting things done quickly, and his team looked awfully impressive in a 33-27 victory over Washington, the defending NFC East champion. Another key to the Eagles' big leap: Michael Vick looked as if he's been running Kelly's offense all his life, throwing for two touchdowns, running for another and executing the zone-read to near-perfection.
The takeaway in the rankings: The division is wide open. The Dallas Cowboys are one spot ahead of the Eagles at No. 13. The Washington Redskins dropped from No. 10 to No. 19 while the New York Giants went from No. 12 to No. 16.