Eagles jump to No. 8 in NFL Power Rankings

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Folks are starting to believe in the Philadelphia Eagles.

They moved into the top 10 in ESPN's weekly NFL Power Rankings, shooting up from No. 13 to No. 8 overall after a 26-24 road win against the Los Angeles Chargers that improved their record to 3-1.

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The Eagles have allowed the fewest points in the first three quarters of games this season but have allowed the second-most in fourth quarters. Philadelphia has three wins, but the past two were by a combined five points. If the Eagles can tighten up in the fourth quarter, they could start winning more comfortably.

The Eagles are a game up on the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East after both teams lost in Week 4. With two division wins already under their belt (home against the 0-4 Giants and at 2-2 Washington), they are sitting pretty heading into the second quarter of the season. The Cowboys are 12th in the Power Rankings, with Washington two spots behind. The Giants are No. 30.

The Eagles' focus now shifts to the task of playing two games in a span of five days -- at home Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals followed by a trip to Carolina on "Thursday Night Football". Some reinforcements could be on the way soon. Coach Doug Pederson said he's "hoping" defensvie tackle Fletcher Cox practices Wednesday after missing the Chargers game with a calf injury. Cornerback Ronald Darby is recovering from a dislocated ankle suffered in the opener against Washington. Deemed a 4-6 week injury, he is closing in on that window.

If the Eagles can get close to full strength over the next few weeks, they should remain well-positioned in a division, and a conference, that appears to be without a juggernaut.