We don’t normally do power ranking roundups or whatever, but I was skimming a few of those articles this morning and I’m somewhat surprised that the Eagles are being listed as high as they are.
In the first three posts I clicked on, the Birds are ranked as a top-eight team, despite the loss in Atlanta.
Previous rank: No. 5
Nelson Agholor had the game in his hands … he just couldn’t hold onto it. Carson Wentz’s perfectly placed dart down the far sideline with two minutes to play hit his receiver in stride, but Agholor dropped what would have been a sure touchdown. (For what it’s worth, Agholor confirmed he lost it in the lights in the postgame, but still took accountability.) When Zach Ertz was stopped one foot short of a first down deep in Falcons territory, it was the final painful chapter in a frustrating loss to the Falcons. It’s a shame, too, because this was one of the more enjoyable Wentz games ever. The quarterback struggled mightily in the first half and lost two of his top playmakers, Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, to injury, but he nearly brought the Eagles all the way back with a series of money throws in high-leverage spots. It was a reminder that, even in defeat, Philadelphia is in good hands. Now the Eagles have to get healthy after a punishing Sunday.
Week 2 ranking: 5
Pleasant surprise: RB Darren Sproles. The 36-year-old Sproles, who was supposed to retire after the 2017 season, is averaging a team-high 5.2 yards per carry and was the leading rusher for Philly in a Week 1 win over Washington. He is also serving as the team’s punt returner. The 15-year vet has made fools out of doubters his whole career, but it seems unlikely that his role in the offense will remain this pronounced over the course of 16 games. — Tim McManus
Last Week: 5
Week 2 Result: Lost 24-20 at Atlanta
The Philadelphia Eagles have problems on the back end of the defense. In Week 1, Philly allowed 380 passing yards and three touchdowns to Case Keenum in a win over the Washington Redskins. Sunday night, it was 320 yards and three more scores to Matt Ryan—and this time, the Eagles came up on the short end of the final score.
Add in injuries that hit the offense hard, and in Sobleski’s opinion, there was little choice but to drop the Eagles several spots in this week’s rankings.
“A near-miraculous comeback by the Eagles simply means the team still lost. The Falcons wide receivers exposed Philadelphia’s secondary, and the Eagles’ talented defensive front didn’t dominate a rebuilt Falcons front five. On top of that, questions about Carson Wentz’s durability once again came to the forefront. Philly has yet to put it all together, and its drop in the rankings reflect its current status.”
7 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 4) – It’s tough to precisely gauge what the Eagles’ Week 2 loss tells us about the quality of this team moving forward. Losing three key offensive starters — Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Dallas Goedert — during PREGAME WARMUPS is such an anomalous aberration. Despite this incredibly bad luck, Carson Wentz had the Eagles in position to win on the road in Atlanta. If only Nelson Agholor hadn’t dropped the potential game-winning touchdown.
8 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 10) – The Cowboys couldn’t have asked for an easier start to their 2019 season: home vs. NYG, away at WASTEAM, and home vs. Miami. They can sleepwalk to 3-0. And their Week 4 game against New Orleans just got easier with Drew Brees injured. Must be nice.
Nice trolling job right there by Brandon Gowton. I assume…
Previous rank: 5
Points in poll: 283
Highest-place vote: 3 (1 voter)
Lowest-place vote: 10 (2 voters)
Last week’s result: Lost to Atlanta, 24-20
This week: vs. Detroit
Doug Pederson needs to do some savvy roster juggling given the slew of injuries coming out of the Atlanta loss, with a Thursday-nighter coming after this Sunday.
QB Carson Wentz showed flashes of his ’17 (shoulda been MVP) season Sunday … and flashes of why hellbent style might undermine him again.
The Eagles are not playing good complementary football. They’re going away from the run, creating shorter possessions and keeping their shaky pass defense on the field longer to get exploited. The whole notion of just having Carson Wentz bail them out in the end isn’t a long-term formula for consistent success, especially with their new receiver injuries.
There’s a sampling. A smattering, if you will.
Seems like people are still pretty high on the Birds after what is, admittedly, a very small sample size of games.