Eagles leapfrog NFL’s elite and sit atop NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Three games of this young NFL season are in the books, and things couldn’t have worked out much better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Fans are doing their best to adopt the ‘one-game-at-a-time’ approach, but who are we kidding? It’s hard to stay even keel. It’s even tougher when the experts are buying in and the Birds are a daily national story.

Every week, Dan Hanzus has updated his NFL Power Rankings. Philadelphia has made its way to the top spot ahead of Week 4’s slate of games.

Eagles supplant the Buffalo Bills as the NFL’s top team

Well, looky here! The mighty Buffalo Bills have fallen from grace! Following their loss to the Miami Dolphins, they’ve been knocked from their pedestal as Hanzus’ top-ranked NFL team.

The Eagles, after throttling their second opponent in as many weeks, have moved up from their third-place ranking after Week 2 to the top spot this time around. Here’s what Hanzus stated as his reasoning.

"Philadelphia’s a big green wrecking machine right now. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense have been showing out since the season opener in Detroit, but now Nick Sirianni’s defense has announced its arrival with a dominant nine-sack performance against the Commanders and old friend Carson Wentz. What’s the most pressing “problem” for the undefeated Iggles? DeVonta Smith was so dominant on Sunday (156 yards in the first half alone), it calls into question whether A.J. Brown is the team’s true No. 1 receiver. “By the eyes, he might be a little slight, but he plays like a big boy,” Hurts said of Smith. “He’s a guy, when his number’s called, I know he’ll answer the phone.”"

NFL.com’s top ten teams, according to Hanzus, are as follows:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
  6. Los Angeles Rams
  7. Baltimore Ravens
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  9. Minnesota Vikings
  10. Cincinnati Bengals

As mentioned earlier, all three of the Eagles’ contests this season have resulted in victories, making them one of two remaining undefeated teams. The Miami Dolphins are the other, so again we ask you.

How long are we to maintain this ‘take it a week at a time’ approach when the team we love keeps improving? Are we not allowed some satisfaction in seeing them play their hearts out and win?

Then again, it’s the job of the coaches and players to stay steady following wins and losses, right?  They’re supposed to avoid the temptation of getting too high after wins or too low after losses. Fans are allowed to feel however they want to.

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With that being said, sure, Philly can’t look past anyone, but with the leadership that this team has, both in the coaching staff and the locker room, that won’t be a problem. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the next opponent. Hopefully, the Birds are up to the task again in Week 4.