2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Rams climb after shutting out Cardinals in London

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1. Philadelphia Eagles (1)

All of a sudden, the Philadelphia Eagles have to deal with the pressure of being the team to beat not just in the NFC, but the NFL thanks to the Oakland Raiders knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs. Back in Week 1, it was the Eagles who ended up on the winning end when facing the Redskins, but when looking at how close that game ended up being since it took until the final few plays to seal the deal, Doug Pederson’s squad better be prepared.

Since that loss, Washington has looked like a completely different team, as they realize what’s at stake if they manage to pull off a win on the road against Philadelphia since first place isn’t too far behind in the NFC East. Not to mention, there have been numerous teams over the years in which Kirk Cousins has found a way to torch this defense, like the 2015 season when he helped eliminate the Eagles from playoff contention with a four-touchdown performance.

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Luckily, Carson Wentz is playing at a MVP level at the moment, as the former first-round pick enters Week 7 already with 13 touchdown passes to go along with just three interceptions. Assuming the offense continues to click, Philadelphia looks to remain on top of the league with the best record if they can earn the win against their division rivals on Monday night in front of a national audience.