NFL power rankings: Eagles rise up in the snow; Cowboys crumbling

By on December 11, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 8: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles hurdles Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions on his way to scoring a touchdown during a game on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 34-20. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

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LeSean McCoy and the Eagles fly high in the snow and stand alone in the NFC East.

Some things are so predictable. The Cowboys falling apart in December. Dan Snyder falling out of love with his head coach. The Saints winning at home. Snow in the Northeast.

And so, for once, are the Daily News NFL power rankings.

It seems as if the top teams have separated themselves from the pack. While the Seahawks and Broncos are odds-on favorites, in spite of Seattle’s hard-fought loss in San Francisco Sunday, there’s an elite eight of teams that look capable of going all the way. We’ve kept the Seahawks in the No. 1 spot ahead of the Broncos for now but there isn’t much room between them.

Ranking the two locals isn’t as easy. We’ve switched the Jets past the Giants again after their offense awoke from the dead. They’re up eight spots to 19th, three slots ahead of the Giants, who faced a real team again and were eliminated from playoff contention.

As usual, feel free to disagree:

1. (Last week – 1) Seahawks (11-2): Still on track for top seed but a little more bruised, for sure.

2. (2) Broncos (11-2): He can win in any weather. Cold case closed.

3. (4) Patriots (10-3): Calls always even out. Injuries to Gronk don’t.

4. (6) Saints (10-3): Home rule. Road kill.

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5. (3) Panthers (9-4): A wakeup call but Round 2 is at their place.

6. (5) 49ers (9-4): Frank Gore lands the last punch of a slugfest.

7. (7) Chiefs (10-3): A little statement to let everyone know they’re still pretty good.

Despite the snow, the Eagles cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about in Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Despite the snow, the Eagles cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about in Philadelphia on Sunday.

8. (8) Bengals (9-4): Piling up wins down the stretch.

9. (11) Eagles (8-5): There’s something about this team that makes them better than they should be.

10. (12) Cardinals (8-5): A playoff caliber team that may not make it.

11. (9) Lions (7-6): Not exactly the Lions in winter.

12. (14) Ravens (7-6): Wild finish may have saved season.

13. (15) Dolphins (7-6): Frozen fish? That was supposed to be Steeler weather.

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14. (16) Bears (7-6): Who needs defense when you score eight straight times?

15. (13) Colts (8-5): Lucky the rest of the division stinks because they do too, right now.

16. (10) Cowboys (7-6): Sleigh bells ring? Cowboys crumbling.

17. (18) Chargers (6-7): It doesn’t matter, of course, but Rivers outplays Eli by a mile.

18. (22) Packers (6-6-1): Flynn holding the fort.

19. (27) Jets (6-7): They go as Geno goes now, although going to Carolina can’t be good.

Miles Austin and the Cowboys get blasted by the Bears on Monday night to fall a game back in the East.

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Miles Austin and the Cowboys get blasted by the Bears on Monday night to fall a game back in the East.

20. (17) Rams (5-8): Guaranteed 10th straight non-winning season.

21. (21) Steelers (5-8): The Immacu-not Reception.

22. (19) Giants (5-8): A reminder of why they lost their first six games.

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23. (20) Titans (5-8): They actually led Broncos at halftime.

24. (23) Vikings (3-9-1): The latest zebra victims.

25. (24) Browns (4-9): Just how did they blow that one?

26. (28) Bucs (4-9): Seven sacks, five takeways.

27. (29) Jaguars (4-9): They’re 4-1 in the second half. Pretty good turnaround for Gus Bradley.

28. (25) Raiders (4-9): Charles Woodson on Raider D: “We peed down our legs.” Sums it up.

29. (30) Falcons (3-10): Bad teams lose games like that.

30. (26) Bills (4-9): Bad teams also lose game like this.

31. (31) Redskins (3-10): This divorce looms uglier than Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook.

32. (32) Texans (2-11): At least Gary Kubiak leaves with class.

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