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Preseason: 25 | Last Week: 19 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
It’s official. Whatever bump the Eagles got from their nationally televised debut at Washington is gone. After two home losses, both games in which they were favored, the Eagles have slid almost back to where they were in the preseason rankings.
ESPN’s panel of experts had the Eagles at No. 25 based on an unproven NFL rookie coach, Chip Kelly, taking over a 4-12 team. The panel has them at No. 23 after their turnover-riddled, 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
It doesn’t help the Eagles that the win at Washington has been diminished by that team’s ensuing two games. Winless Washington (No. 27) and the New York Giants (No. 29) have the NFC East anchored as the worst division in the NFL so far this season.
The Eagles, who topped out at No. 14 just two weeks ago, will face the No. 2-ranked Broncos on Sunday in Denver. So they are more likely to drift further down next week than start climbing back up.