A weekly examination of the Eagles’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 25| Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Eagles certainly didn’t look like a top-10 team in Minnesota on Sunday. Their defense gave up the most points allowed by an Eagles defense since 2005. Coach Chip Kelly couldn’t get his offense going until it was too late. A Vikings team with no Adrian Peterson crushed the Eagles 48-30.
But the Eagles dropped only two spots in ESPN.com’s weekly Power Rankings for the same reason they remained in sole possession of first place in the NFC East: Everybody around them was just as bad. On Sunday night, the Eagles face the 13th-ranked Chicago Bears, who are in a who-wants-it battle for first place in the NFC North.
That game is rife with danger for the Eagles. The Bears are an even better, more versatile offensive team than the Vikings. Win or lose, though, the Eagles’ season will come down to their Dec. 29 game against the 18th-ranked Cowboys in Dallas.