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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles on the rise after Week 1 win

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NFL power rankings roundup: Eagles on the rise after Week 1 win

Before the season began, the Eagles were mostly expected to finish in the middle of the pack of the 32 NFL teams.

A 30-17 victory over the Redskins in the season opener Sunday was the Eagles' first victory against the NFC East foe since Dec. 2014. The defense applied a good amount of pressure to Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was sacked four times. 

Now the Eagles turn their sights to former head coach Andy Reid and his 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs for Sunday's matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

Before that battle, here's a roundup of where the Eagles landed in this week's national power rankings:

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio: Starting the regular season at No. 10
"Carson Wentz, better than Kirk Cousins."

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison: Up nine spots to No. 10
“Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's defense showed a glimpse of why I think the Eagles are a sneaky playoff team. The front seven made life miserable for Washington QB Kirk Cousins, even when Philly didn't get him on the ground,” Harrison wrote. “Maybe the fumble call at the end should have been overturned -- but don't overlook the fact that Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were meeting at the quarterback yet again. Downside from Sunday: recently acquired cornerback Ronald Darby's gruesome looking injury. Oh, and then there was the running game. Even with all the treadmill work, yoga and barre, it doesn't look any sexier than it did in the preseason.”

USA Today: Up three spots to No. 16
“LeGarrette Blount caught a TD pass Sunday. Why is that noteworthy? He'd only done that one other time in his eight-year NFL career.”

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab: Up five spots to No. 17
“I was very impressed with Carson Wentz. He threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns on the road and generally looked more comfortable than he did during his rookie slump last year,” Schwab wrote. “And he’ll be even better when Alshon Jeffery (three catches, 38 yards) warms up. This is a team that was better than its record last season and looked pretty strong in Week 1.”

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Up five spots to No. 13
“Carson Wentz got off to a good start,” Prisco wrote. “But the most impressive thing from their road victory over the Redskins was how well the front seven played.”

The Washington Post's Mark Maske: Up four spots to No. 10
“QB Carson Wentz began his second NFL season with a mixed bag of brilliant improvisational plays and rookie-like gaffes Sunday at FedEx Field,” Maske wrote. “He did not get his big-name newcomers, RB LeGarrette Blount and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, consistently involved in the offense. But it was good enough for a season-opening win over the Redskins, thanks in large part to a defense that generated four turnovers.”

ESPN: Up six spots to No. 9
“Carson Wentz made a big play under duress on Sunday, matching his total of passing touchdowns when pressured all of last season. Possible overreaction: Hop on the Wentz Wagon while there's still room. The young quarterback should continue to improve, and he'll have a lot of help from FPI's second-ranked defense.”

Trump upsets a bunch of NBA players, too, withdraws invite to Warriors

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Trump upsets a bunch of NBA players, too, withdraws invite to Warriors

Have you ever been invited to a friend’s birthday party but you weren’t able to go? Once they heard you couldn’t go, they would then say, “you weren’t invited anyway?”

President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation to the Golden State Warriors and guard Steph Curry to visit the White House after winning the 2017 NBA Championship. Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”

Curry told reporters Friday that he would vote against the Warriors visiting the White House and President Trump.

Curry received support from fellow NBA players including 4-time MVP Lebron James, who denounced Trump’s taken-back invitation in his most re-tweeted post ever.

Golden State's statement:

5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant:

Golden State power forward and teammate Draymond Green:

Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal:

Two-time All-Star Baron Davis:

After Trump's comments about the NFL and NBA in the last 24 hours and North Carolina's Men's Basketball team not visiting the White House (because of a scheduling conflict), it is hard to believe any championship-winning teams will be making the trip to the Nation’s capital anytime soon. Except the Patriots.

LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

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LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

Stop me if you've heard this one before: President Donald Trump said something controversial.

Trump attacked NFL players who have or will kneel in protest during the national anthem during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night (see story). He questioned the NFL and said the owners should release each and every person who takes part in protesting during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!' Trump said. 

“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s comments in a statement from the league. Many other players across the league made their voices heard on Twitter in response to those comments.

Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush:

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron:

New Orleans Saints second-year wide receiver Michael Thomas:

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith:

Buffalo Bills and former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:

We can’t forget McCoy’s comments about Colin Kaepernick just a month ago when he said, “There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it.”

Lebron James, a four-time NBA MVP, took to Twitter to address Trump withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House for winning the 2017 NBA championship after Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”

Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:

These players are not just “sticking to sports” and are speaking out in response to a controversial topic that has engulfed professional sports.