The Eagles (6-6) were able to take down Washington, 28-13, on Monday night to set up a huge game in Dallas this weekend.
Here's an updated look at our NFC power rankings:
1. Rams (11-1) Last week: 2
Sure, L.A.'s only loss this season came to the Saints, but they're now the only one-loss team left in the entire NFL. They came off their bye week and took care of the Lions 30-16 on Sunday. Big game coming in Chicago.
2. Saints (10-2) Last week: 1
The high-flying Saints offense was able to score just 10 points last Thursday night in Dallas. That Cowboys' defense just absolutely stifled them. It seemed like the Saints were trying to play uphill all night.
3. Bears (8-4) Last week: 3
Chicago thought they could sneak another win out of Chase Daniel and it backfired in a 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants. They made a great comeback, but then the Giants were able to win in OT. Mitchell Trubisky should be back this week for the big game vs. the Saints.
4. Seahawks (7-5) Last week: 5
Since the Rams already clinched the NFC West, the Seahawks are going to need to get to the playoffs as the top wild card team. That doesn't look like a problem right now. They demolished the 49ers on Sunday but will have to host the Vikings on MNF this week.
5. Cowboys (7-5) Last week: 7
Dallas put together an outstanding defensive performance to beat the Saints. Their two young linebackers look like absolute studs and that whole unit is playing great right now. Offensively, they haven't gotten much going, but with a defense like that, they're going to be in every game. Tough test for the Eagles this week.
6. Vikings (6-5-1) Last week: 4
The Patriots took care of the Vikings pretty easily Sunday, 24-10, and now the Vikings have to travel to play in Seattle. As of now, they are in the second wild-card spot, but they're hanging on by a thread.
7. Eagles (6-6) Last week: 9
The Eagles took care of a Washington team that was down to its third-string quarterback in Mark Sanchez. Still, a nice win by the Eagles and it looks like they might be turning a corner, especially offensively. That offense will have a tough test in Dallas against a team that shut down the highest-powered offense in the league just a week ago.
8. Panthers (6-6) Last week: 6
Complete free fall. Firing assistant coaches during the season. The Panthers lost to the Bucs, 24-17, and have now dropped four in a row. Remember, they were 6-2 in early November. Now, they're going to have to get back on track if they want to make the playoffs and two of their final four games are against the Saints.
9. Redskins (6-6) Last week: 8
Similarly, Washington was 6-3 after they beat Tampa Bay on Nov. 11, but they've dropped three games since then and have lost their top two quarterbacks to broken legs. Is there much hope that the Sanchize will keep things afloat? Probably not.
10. Buccaneers (5-7) Last week: 13
After dropping seven of eight, the Bucs have now won two in a row and aren't that far out of a wild-card spot. Let's face it: that's not going to happen, but at least as little bit of life out of them as they beat Carolina 24-17.
11. Packers (4-7-1) Last week: 10
Mike McCarthy didn't make it through the season. The Packers fired their head coach and the whole season has been a mess. This time, they lost to the Cardinals, who absolutely stink. They still have Aaron Rodgers, but not much else.
12. Giants (4-8) Last week: 14
Since their bye week, the Giants have won three of four. Good for them and Pat Shurmur, who will at least get out of his first season. The problem is, these wins are taking them out of prime draft pick territory and they need that high pick.
13. Falcons (4-8) Last week: 12
Remember when the Falcons were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender? What a mess this season has been. They've now lost their last four games, including a 26-16 loss to Baltimore at home Sunday. They have a beautiful new stadium and they've been stinking it up all year.
14. Lions (4-8) Last week: 11
No surprise that they lost to the Rams, but the Lions have been a weird team all year. They've lost games they should win and won games they had no right to be in. Ultimately, they're not a very good team and are going to finish in the basement of the NFC North.
15. Cardinals (3-9) Last week: 15
Nice win for the Cardinals over the Packers, but it's probably not a great sign when immediately after you beat a team, they fire their head coach.
16. 49ers (2-10) Last week: 16
The beat Oakland earlier in the season, which means the 49ers are simply the second-worst team in the NFL.
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