By Michael Donovan

Once again the national media is dumping on the Eagles.

To wit, the latest NFL power rankings, according to USA Today:

1 New England
12-3 1 / 12 Ground game has quietly exceeded 190 yards in three of past five games, a nice fallback given Tom Brady has six INTs over same stretch.
2 Pittsburgh
12-3 1 / 14 Le’Veon Bell is first player in three years to get 400-plus touches in a season. Hopefully plenty left in tank as he seeks long-term deal.
3 Minnesota
12-3 3 / 19 As long as S Harrison Smith receives deserved recognition as an all-pro, we can slough off his ridiculous exclusion from Pro Bowl.
4 Los Angeles
11-4 4 / 28 If MVPs are defined as players who step up in clutch, then consider Todd Gurley’s 456 total yards, six TDs last two weeks as L.A. clinched division.
5 New Orleans
11-4 5 / 26 Congrats to Drew Brees, who bypassed 70,000 yards Sunday. He’s probably six regular-season games away from overtaking Peyton Manning (71,940).
6 Carolina
11-4 2 / 20 Is Julius Peppers really 37 years old? With his 11th sack of season Sunday and two fumble recoveries, he dominated Father Time once again.
13-2 1 1 / 24 They may have (barely) locked up NFC’s home field Monday night, but Philly hardly looked like a team ready to thrive in January’s elements.
8 Jacksonville
10-5 1 7 / 26 Sunday gave us regression from Blake Bortles, a putrid defensive showing and sideline infighting. Maybe they’re not ready to make playoff noise.
9 Baltimore
9-6 1 9 / 28 S Eric Weddle’s whitened Santa Claus beard was cool, unfortunately he played a little too much like Santa Claus, dropping an easy INT.
10 Kansas City
9-6 1 1 / 19 With 450 yards from scrimmage and four TDs in last three games, Kareem Hunt has peeled himself off rookie wall and revitalized surging team.
11 Atlanta
9-6 2 2 / 14 With one game to go, Matt Ryan has exactly half as many TD passes (19) as he had in 2016 and hasn’t thrown more than two in a game this year.
12 Seattle
9-6 3 / 15 Can anyone explain why Earl Thomas suddenly seems so unhappy to be part of one of the greatest defenses in NFL history?
13 Los Angeles
8-7 11 / 31 Good to see Melvin Gordon finally notch a 1,000-yard season after injuries left him hung on 997 yards in the final weeks of 2016.
14 Tennessee
8-7 3 7 / 23 What happened to their vaunted run game? Losers of four of past six, Tennessee has only hit century mark on ground once in that span.
15 Dallas
8-7 1 5 / 24 Another difference between Dak Prescott’s rookie year and 2017 – he had five fourth-quarter comebacks in 2016 but not one this season.
16 Buffalo
8-7 3 / 28 Desperately trying to break playoff hex, they hardly look ready for step up. Buffalo is 2-5 this year against teams still in postseason picture.
17 Detroit
8-7 2 2 / 23 Detroit clearly has significant issues on both sides of ball. But no excuse to lose to a cratering Bengals club with playoffs still in reach.
18 Washington
7-8 1 6 / 25 They have nearly a dozen starters on injured reserve. Using that prism, case to be made this is Jay Gruden’s finest coaching performance.
19 San Francisco
5-10 2 19 / 31 As impressive as stats and 4-0 record are, Jimmy Garoppolo’s poise and offensive command in totally new environment should also excite Niner Nation.
20 Oakland
6-9 3 / 22 Who would have thought two months ago that Oakland might be the Bay Area team with more quarterback questions entering 2018?
21 Green Bay
7-8 3 2 / 26 Brett Hundley is almost Aaron Rodgers on road (8 TD, 3 INT, 97.6 QB rating) and just about DeShone Kizer at Lambeau (0 TD, 7 INT, 50.6 QB rating).
22 Arizona
7-8 11 / 29 For a guy who resisted moving to the slot a few years ago, Larry Fitzgerald might start there in our all-time lineup (with Rice, Moss outside).
23 Tampa Bay
4-11 8 / 28 On verge of eating his first W in nearly three months, then seeing it slip away, we can understand why Jameis Winston lost his mind Sunday.
24 Miami
6-9 11 / 30 No team has run the ball fewer times in 2017 than Miami. Adam Gase must find some balance in 2018 as Ryan Tannehill works his way back.
25 Chicago
5-10 2 19 / 30 Over last three weeks, opponents averaging mere 260 yards against Chicago’s defense – perhaps primary reason this team could roar in 2018.
26 Cincinnati
6-9 4 19 / 31 After sleepwalking through previous two games, give them credit for providing Marvin Lewis with a victorious send-off in his final home game.
27 Denver
5-10 2 4 / 30 Nothing summed up this season better than Brock Osweiler screaming on the sideline at teammates who couldn’t have been more disinterested.
28 New York
5-10 2 17 / 32 A team positioned to be a player in free agency in 2018 will add $11 million more in cap space once it’s able to finally fire DL Muhammad Wilkerson.
29 Indianapolis
3-12 1 23 / 30 Though it never really felt like this team had a chance in 2017, Indianapolis almost always played hard and made it interesting. Props, Coach P.
30 Houston
4-11 1 11 / 30 In a season riddled with disappointment, Houston got a feel-good story Monday as cancer survivor David Quessenberry finally got onto field.
31 New York
2-13 10 / 31 The latest scar from this forgettable/unforgettable season – Sunday’s shutout loss at Arizona marked first time franchise has lost 13 games.
32 Cleveland
0-15 27 / 32 When they last drafted No. 1 overall in consecutive years, they picked Tim Couch and Courtney Brown. Let’s hope it turns out better this time.

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