Power Ranking Roundup: Eagles drop after the disaster in Dallas
Monday’s loss against the Dallas Cowboys changed the opinion of the Philadelphia Eagles across the entire NFL. Going into the NFC East battle, some thought this team could be a sleeper for the division but the blowout loss made a lot of people reconsider that thought. The good news is the Eagles didn’t drop as far as you might think, but they are still amongst the bottom tier of the league.
“Philadelphia belongs in the group of teams that, on the right day, with the right plan, can topple better opponents. I’d place the Eagles near—and have, here—the Bengals, Steelers and Patriots, a cut below the true playoff contenders, unless something changes dramatically, soon. Dallas exposed Philly’s defensive weaknesses on Monday night. I like Jalen Hurts. But not enough to overcome their myriad deficiencies. I don’t see them competing with Dallas in the NFC East, a division that was pretty much decided in a blowout on Monday night. Up next: Chiefs, Panthers, Bucs, Raiders—gulp!”
“The Eagles will not enjoy watching film of a dispiriting 41-21 beatdown at the hands of the Cowboys on Monday night. The Philadelphia offense never got in gear, the defense gave up too many big plays, and a general air of sloppiness permeated the air for an Eagles team that was flagged 13 times for 86 yards. A defensive touchdown early and garbage-time score late made the final tally slightly more respectable, but the Eagles need to get better on both sides of the ball if they want to stay in the NFC East race. The road ahead is foreboding: Over the next four weeks, Philly gets last season’s Super Bowl teams (the Chiefs and Bucs) and two undefeated squads (Panthers and Raiders). Buckle up.”
“We may have overestimated the Philadelphia Eagles. Back in Week 1, the Eagles blew out the Atlanta Falcons. As we have come to see, that is not an especially difficult thing to do in 2021—unless you are the Giants. Too soon? In Week 2, the Eagles fell in a low-scoring, hard-fought affair with the San Francisco 49ers. In Week 3, Philly got their doors blown off in Dallas. The stats don’t truly tell the story of how lopsided this loss was. The 380 yards the Eagles allowed would have been much higher had the Cowboys not been milking a late lead.
Whether it was on the ground with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard or through the air via Dak Prescott’s arm, the Cowboys did what they wanted offensively. A limited Eagles offense couldn’t keep up. That last part may be the larger issue. With Philadelphia running simplified passing routes, the team isn’t equipped to hang with more prolific offenses like Dallas. And with an angry Chiefs team coming to Lincoln Financial Field, that’s a problem.”
“I have to be honest — I was not expecting this squad to fall so flat on their face against the Cowboys. I saw a team that played physically on the defensive line and was smart in the secondary against the 49ers in Week 2. And they dominated the Atlanta Falcons to open the season. Nothing close to that happened on Monday Night Football against Dallas. Jalen Hurts has 5 turnovers against the Cowboys in his two games against them. Yet, he only has 2 in his other games as a pro. Hurts didn’t look comfortable the entire contest. He was uncharacteristically inaccurate and often left the ball too far behind his receivers.”
“Jalen Hurts was lights out in Week 1 and cooled considerably in Week 2, and the numbers landed him right in the middle heading into Monday night. He has been extremely effective with his legs (144 rushing yards and a TD) while getting the ball out quicker and with better accuracy in the passing game. And he didn’t turn the ball over in the first two games, before throwing two interceptions on Monday. If he can play more like he did the first two tilts, the Eagles will end up in a much better place than most predicted at the start of the season. Greater consistency as a passer will be the key to Hurts’ success.”
“With two straight losses, they are reeling now. The showing against the Cowboys was awful. They couldn’t stop Dallas and they couldn’t move the ball. They got abused.”
“Jalen Hurts jerseys have been flying off the shelves recently, but you still have to wonder if they’re good long-term investments – especially in Philadelphia.”
“Washington and Philadelphia have hope simply because of the mediocrity of the NFC East, but Dallas looks to be well on its way to the division title. Taylor Heinicke has been up-and-down at quarterback, but it’s Washington’s defense — and its inability to get off the field on third down — that has been the most disappointing development thus far.”
Ranking as low as 24th isn’t the worst but it’s still a far fall from where they stood last week. Things won’t get better for Philadelphia anytime soon with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the horizon.
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