History catching up with Eagles

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS



Against all odds, one of the craziest active streaks in the NFL just might continue.

None of the last 19 NFC East champions have repeated.

The defending champion Eagles looked ready to change history during a 10-1 start but suddenly are scuffling just as the Cowboys are surging.

After Dallas’ 33-13 rout of Philadelphia on Sunday night, the teams have collided in a tie atop the division.

The Cowboys have won five straight and the Eagles have dropped two in a row to lose their grip on the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed to the 49ers (who control their own destiny) and loosen their former stranglehold on the East.

The Eagles still win the division if both teams win out, but that’s going to require recapturing some shaken confidence.

So, which team is better? And where do they fit among other contenders?

The Cowboys crushed the Eagles on Dec. 10, 2023. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Here are The Post’s NFL power rankings for Week 15:

1. 49ers 10-3 (1)

Brock Purdy threw for a career-high 368 yards with two touchdowns and became the fourth player to complete at least 70 percent of his passes in seven straight games during a 28-16 victory against the Seahawks. Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey and Brandon Aiyuk all topped 125 yards from scrimmage in an 11th straight win against the NFC West.

2. Ravens 10-3 (4)

Injury replacement Tylan Wallace’s 76-yard walk-off punt return in overtime ended a back-and-forth 37-31 victory against the Rams. Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes, including the late fourth-quarter go-ahead 21-yard strike to Zay Flowers, in wet and sloppy conditions. Isaiah Likely had 83 yards and a touchdown, filling the absence of injured tight end Mark Andrews. 

3. Cowboys 10-3 (7)

Brandon Aubrey can’t miss. The rookie kicker made field goals from 45, 50, 59 and 60 yards in the victory against the Eagles. Dak Prescott threw two more touchdown passes to up his seven-game hot-streak totals to 22 touchdowns and two interceptions. Former Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore looks like a No. 1 cornerback again. Make that 15 straight home wins.

4. Eagles 10-3 (2)

When your three best offensive players all lose fumbles on the plus side of the field, you lose. That’s what happened to the Eagles when Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith all cut short scoring opportunities in the loss to the Cowboys. Maybe former All-Pro linebacker Shaq Leonard picked the wrong team last week when deciding between the two rivals?

Will Levis and the Titans stunned the Dolphins on “Monday Night Football.” Getty Images

5. Dolphins 9-4 (3)

Opportunity wasted. With a chance to pull even with the Ravens and gain distance over the rest of the AFC, the Dolphins laid an egg in a 28-27 loss to the Titans. It’s not so easy without Tyreek Hill, who sat out much of the game with an ankle injury. Tua Tagovailoa’s streak of 21 straight games with a touchdown pass was snapped.

6. Lions 9-4 (5)

After stealing a win from the Bears with a late comeback earlier this season, the Lions couldn’t repeat the feat in a 28-13 loss. Jared Goff threw two interceptions, fumbled a snap and was sacked four times. Jahmyr Gibbs was stopped for a four-yard loss on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing a second loss in the last three games.

7. Chiefs 8-5 (6)

With a chance to put a stake in the rival Bills’ playoff hopes, the Chiefs instead lost, 20-17, and fell to 2-4 in their last six games. Kadarius Toney lined up offside –which offset his go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes – after a key drop earlier in the game. Patrick Mahomes, the face of the NFL, exploded on officiating.

8. Broncos 7-6 (10)

The Broncos’ sixth win in their last seven games – a 24-7 drilling of the Chargers – actually was their first on the road against an AFC West rival since Oct. 6, 2019. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, and the defense sacked Justin Herbert four times on the first six possessions, ultimately knocking him out with a broken finger.

9. Bills 7-6 (14)

The Bills let Von Miller play after he was arrested on a third-degree felony assault charge. They let Sean McDermott coach after it was revealed that he used 9/11 terrorists as an example of great communication during a team meeting in 2019. And they beat the Chiefs because Josh Allen accounted for two touchdowns, and the defense got a late fourth-down stop.

Joe Flacco had a big game against the Jaguars. AP

10. Browns 8-5 (16)

Threes were wild in a 31-27 victory against the Jaguars. Three weeks after joining the Browns, Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes. And the defense intercepted a hobbled Trevor Lawrence three times. The Browns are the eighth team to win with four different starting quarterbacks in a season. Dustin Hopkins’ late 55-yard field goal provided critical breathing room.

11. Jaguars 8-5 (8)

12. Texans 7-6 (9)

13. Bengals 7-6 (18)

14. Colts 7-6 (12)

15. Packers 6-7 (13)

16. Rams 6-7 (15)

17. Steelers 7-6 (11)

18. Seahawks 6-7 (17)

19. Buccaneers 6-7 (22)

20. Vikings 7-6 (19)

21. Falcons 6-7 (20)

22. Saints 6-7 (23)

23. Bears 5-8 (25)

24. Jets 5-8 (26)

Was that Aaron Rodgers playing in a Zach Wilson uniform? No. It was Wilson enjoying the best game of a disappointing three-year career, leading three second-half touchdown drives in a 30-6 rout of the Texans. Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall combined for 17 catches on 23 targets. The defense shut down rookie sensation C.J. Stroud and forced eight punts.

25. Titans 5-8 (27)

26. Giants 5-8 (28)

Chicken cutlets for everyone! Tommy DeVito continued to show he belongs in the NFL, leading the game-winning 57-yard drive for Randy Bullock’s walk-off field goal in a 24-22 upset of the Packers. Wan’Dale Robinson’s three gains of 25 yards or longer set up three scoring drives and Saquon Barkley rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, surviving a rare lost fumble.

27. Chargers 5-8 (21)

28. Raiders 5-8 (24)

29. Cardinals 3-10 (29)

30. Commanders 4-9 (30)

31. Patriots 3-10 (31)

32. Panthers 1-12 (32)



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