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ESPN Ranks Eagles 15th Heading Into 2010

We're in the midst of the "dead zone" of the NFL calendar, the period following the conclusion of Organized Team Activities and leading up to training camp. One of the staples of the dead zone is pre-season power rankings, and ESPN is currently rolling out their "Ultimate NFL Rankings," the results of a poll of 15 ESPN NFL analysts and insiders. So where do the Eagles stack up?

According to ESPN's rankings, the Eagles fall right in the middle at No. 15, three spots ahead of the Washington Redskins and one spot behind the New York Giants. And while the exact order of the top eight teams in the ranking have yet to be revealed, that means that ESPN is predicting a non-playoff season for the Eagles.

So why aren't the Eagles ranked higher? One would assume that the team is being marked down, from an outside perspective, for moving on from Donovan McNabb. But if Kevin Kolb is as good as his teammates and the organization expects him to be, then anything less than the playoffs would be a major disappointment. Below are ESPN's rankings to-date. Where do you think the Eagles rank? Who should be No. 1?

  1. St. Louis Rams
    1. Buffalo Bills
    2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    3. Cleveland Browns
    4. Detroit Lions
    5. Kansas City Chiefs
    6. Jacksonville Jaguars
    7. Oakland Raiders
    8. Seattle Seahawks
    9. Denver Broncos
    10. Chicago Bears
    11. Arizona Cardinals
    12. Carolina Panthers
    13. Tennessee Titans
    14. Washington Redskins
    15. San Francisco 49ers
    16. Pittsburgh Steelers
    17. Philadelphia Eagles
    18. New York Giants
    19. Cincinnati Bengals
    20. Houston Texans
    21. Miami Dolphins
    22. Atlanta Falcons
    23. New England Patriots

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:59 p.m., July 8

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