ESPN is picking the Philadelphia Eagles as the second-best team in the NFL, one spot behind the team that bested them in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots. In their pre-season Power Rankings, the network's football gurus don't worry too much about whether the Eagles's star receiver suffers from bruised feelings.
The Terrell Owens saga obviously will continue to be the big story in Philly. Owens can certainly be a headache, but there's also no doubting his talent -- nor that the Eagles are a better team with him on the field.
Surprise: ESPN prognosticators see the Moss-less Vikings as worthy of fourth place. They like new defenders Pat Williams, Fred Smoot, Sam Cowart and Darren Sharper.
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