NFL Power Rankings: Eagles avoid NFC East cellar despite another loss

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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13. . 4-2. . Los Angeles Chargers. 11. team

The Eagles get their first taste of Justin Herbert in Week 9.

They don’t cross paths often. Unless they meet in a Super Bowl, the Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers will only play each other once every four years. Philly’s last encounter with the other team in L.A. was a good day though.

The most loyal fans in all of football took over a soccer stadium in Los Angeles and turned what was technically a road game into a ninth home game. That’s what it sounded like at least.

Eagles fans were on fire, and in what wound up being a fun game in a season-long march to coronation ended with LeGarrette Blount breaking away for a long, long run.

This one probably won’t unfold in the same manner. The Chargers are on the way up. The Eagles are on the way down, but this one will be played in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. On the other hand, so far this season, that’s been a house of horrors for the Birds in 2021.

Baltimore Ravens. 10. team. 26. . 5-2.

The margin for error is so slim in the NFL. A divisional win can, sometimes, give you the lead in the division and a two-game lead in the race for the crown over one of your rivals, but losing that same game can also mean that you both leave the game with identical records and a share of first place.

Just ask the Baltimore Ravens. They were reminded of that in Week 7, but they’re still one of the ten best teams in the entire NFL.