Rule No. 1 of blogging: Never apologize about lack of posts because your readers don't care.
So I won't make excuses for not posting these earlier and not posting since Tuesday. Just know that it won't happen again. Here is an adjusted version of the weekly links. These are where the Birds rank in various power rankings, plus who people are picking this weekend. Tomorrow you'll get an abbreviated version of the picks, and I'll be live chatting the game on Sunday.
Without further ado...
SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles 12th in his power rankings:
Watching the first quarter of Philly-Washington -- and the Eagles' 119-23 edge in yards, and Jason Campbell being 0-for-5, and Donovan McNabb leading three solid drives and throwing as well as a quarterback can throw -- I wondered, "How does this team have two losses?'' Watching the rest of the game, I wondered, "How does this team have two wins?''
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 19th:
At 2-3, they're lagging at the bottom of the NFC East. They better get it going or they can fall into a deep hole in this talented division.
SI.com's Dr. Z also has the Eagles 12th in his power rankings:
I close my eyes and see a 14-0 lead that came so very quickly against the Skins. Too quickly. Then the drive for the missed field goal. Then the frost settled in. Four straight three-and-outs, while the Skins were punishing them with Portis and running plays, more and more of them, until finally, when the Eagles, down by six, had to muster a stop to get the ball back for a final, winning surge, there was nothing left in the tank. Washington ran off the final 7:18 against an exhausted team that had been on the field for 75 snaps, while their own guys ran off only 47. How much of this carries over for a week? How effective will Brian Westbrook be with two broken ribs? Who knows? Seems like I can't forecast anything for beans this year.
ESPN.com has the Eagles 12th in its power rankings:
Remember when we thought this was a top-five team? Seems like such a long time ago now.
FoxSports.com has the Eagles 13th in its power rankings:
For an offense already overly dependent on their star running back, the Eagles will be forced to draw up a new game plan with Brian Westbrook out with fractured ribs. Doesn't it seem like Andy Reid falls too much in love with his offensive flavor of the month? For years Reid rode Donovan McNabb into the ground, now he can't stop calling Westbrook's number even when playing hurt.
SportingNews.com has the Eagles 16th in its power rankings:
For a team with a good combination of an experienced coach and an MVP-type savvy quarterback, its struggle to play four consistent quarters every week is baffling. That puts Donovan McNabb and Philly in a bad, familiar position: All alone in fourth place in the brutal NFC East.
If my picks this week are correct, think of this amazing stat: The NFC East will be 14-1 in non-division games through six weeks.
SI.com's Dr. Z likes the 49ers to cover the 5.5-point spread.
Three of six CBSSports.com experts like the Eagles to cover.
Prisco of CBSSports.com likes the 49ers, 28-27:
This is a long trip for an Eagles team that didn't play well last week. And Brian Westbrook is hurting. The 49ers have to be better on defense than they were last week against the Patriots. They will be. The Eagles have issues, and the long trip gets them.
CBSSports.com's Harmon Forecast has the Eagles, 23-17:
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb should rebound this week after his season-low .586 completion percentage against the Redskins. McNabb faces a 49ers defense that routinely failed to come up with an important play on defense against the Patriots. 49ers RB Frank Gore should play well against an Eagles defense that gave up 203 rushing yards last week.
Two out of three Yahoo experts like the Eagles.
Seven of eight USA Today experts like the Eagles.