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What they're saying: Eagles are a threat

After watching one of the most unprecedented Sundays in NFL history, philly.com intern Andrew Holland is back to deliver this week's Eagles links.

What they're saying: Eagles are a threat

After watching one of the most unprecedented Sundays in NFL history, philly.com intern Andrew Holland is back to deliver this week's Eagles links.

And for more Eagles news, be sure to check out philly.com's Eagles section for the best local coverage from The Inquirer and Daily News.

SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles 11th in his power rankings:

Imagine the team that tied Cincinnati and got manhandled by Baltimore winning four out of five to sneak in. And I assume the Eagles will be favored to win their playoff game at the Vikes.

SI.com's
King names Brian Dawkins his Defensive Player of the Week. Dawkins was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month:

The savvy veteran forced two fumbles, the second resulting in the icing on the cake in an incredible 44-6 mauling of the Dallas Cowboys. That forced fumble led to a Joselio Hanson recovery and 96-yard romp for a touchdown. Dawkins, the career leader in games played for Philadelphia, will remember this one for a long time.

ESPN.com has the Eagles ranked 11th in its power rankings:

What an amazing turn of events Sunday. This team will be dangerous in January.

ESPN.com's Gregg Easterbrook says the Eagles turned out to be right when they chose to play for the tie against Cincinnati:

It turns out Philadelphia was right to play for a tie in that excruciating 13-13 overtime snorefest against Cincinnati. Had the Eagles gambled to win and lost, they would have finished 9-7 and tiebreakers would have sent Tampa to the postseason.

CBSsports.com's Pete Prisco has the Eagles ranked ninth in his power rankings:

The defense has been playing great down the stretch. This might be the team that gets hot in the playoffs.

CBSsports.com's Prisco also picks the Eagles to win this Sunday. 

I'll take Donovan McNabb over Jackson in this game. The Eagles, with all their playoff experience, might be dangerous the next few weeks. They've already defeated the Giants in New York, so there is no fear there if they beat the Vikings and move on to play the Giants.

FoxSports.com's Howie Long says the Eagles look like a scary team to face in the playoffs:

Right now, they look like a scary team to play in the playoffs because they finally have a semblance of balance on offense. They are also scary when defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is dialing up the right blitzes because they invariably force offenses into mistakes.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports says the Eagles are a serious threat in the playoffs:

First, the defense is healthy, and the secondary finally is living up to its talent level. Second, Donovan McNabb has cut down on his turnovers, which were putting the defense in bad spots in the middle of the season. Third, the Philadelphia Eagles are riding more momentum coming off the Dallas win than any team in the postseason. They believe. And that’s a dangerous thing in the playoffs.

USAToday.com has the Eagles ranked 9th in its power rankings. 

With house money, they are playing free and easy now.  Dangerous.

FoxSports.com's Adrian Hasenmayer has the Eagles ranked 9th in his power rankings.

They've been wildly inconsistent, but when all their pieces are healthy and firing everyone saw in Week 17 against Dallas what the Eagles can do. Philly can dismantle teams, as judged by their seven double-digit wins this season. But it's when games get tight that the Eagles, their QB and their coaches seem to get tighter. COOL STAT: The Eagles were just 1-4-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less this season.

ESPN.com's Matt Mosley says the Eagles are one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs.

I think the Eagles immediately become one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs. If they can get past the Vikings in the Metrodome next Sunday, then they'll face the Giants again in the Meadowlands on Jan 11. The Eagles won at Giants Stadium on Dec. 7 and there's no reason they can't do it again. If you really want to get crazy, look at who they'd face in an NFC title game. The Falcons are the only team in the NFC that enters the playoffs with more than a one-game winning streak. This Eagles team has the talent to beat either of those teams. In fact, they already have.

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