After another prime time win over a big-name NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to overtake the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, and New England Patriots atop many NFL power rankings. Every team with a great record has at least one or two rabbit-out-of-hat wins -- watching New York Giants QB Eli Manning fumble while sliding to ice Philly's win wasn't exactly impressive, but these things happen for good teams.
The Green Bay Packers have to get more attention sooner or later. They have seven wins, just like about 19 other teams, and they have the league's best point differential by 36 points. Their losses were all close and came in games when they were missing several starters. Meanwhile the New York Jets again struggled with an inferior opponent, but I'm torn. Do we give them credit for being the NFL's clutchiest team or drop them for getting themselves into these messes?
The Thanksgiving weekend schedule includes a whole lot of duds, such as a NFC West Monday Nighter, but next Sunday's Packers at Falcons game will tell us whether either of these teams is a serious Super Bowl contender.
Under no circumstances do I believe the Chicago Bears are the NFL's tenth-best team, but this is a preview of what we're staring down the barrel of when media power rankings come out. You're going to see the Bears listed highly tomorrow after they shut out a decent team -- nevermind that the Miami Dolphins were stuck running the Wildthigpen.