Power Ranking Roundup: Eagles’ slide continues after 42-30 loss to Kansas City
Once again, after another loss this season, the Philadelphia Eagles continue to tank in power rankings across the league. Despite their decent performance, three straight losses have hurt this team tremendously and severely changed this season’s outlook following their week one showing.
After a tough loss to Dallas, the Eagles held strong in last week’s rankings, but things have begun to change. Let’s take a look at where they stand going into their matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
“Jalen Hurts has played OK but the offense will continue to have some inconsistency while the defense looks decent again, save for the Cowboys disaster. The Eagles failed to have a big early moment under Nick Sirianni in Dallas.”
“The Eagles allowed the Chiefs to go 9-for-10 on third down Sunday. Looks like Nick Sirianni’s motivational speeches aren’t helping make the tackling better.”
“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.”
“Sanders is the Eagles’ lead back, yet only has 37 carries through four games — which is tied for 33rd in the NFL with the Cowboys’ No. 2 running back Tony Pollard and Jets rookie Michael Carter. He has nine rushes total in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, rookie Kenneth Gainwell (89 total yards and a TD vs. Chiefs) is heating up. Sanders and QB Jalen Hurts were expected to be a dynamic 1-2 punch out of the backfield, but it’s been slow going for Sanders to start.”
“The Eagles rolled up over 450 yards of offense on the Chiefs and never had to send their punter on the field. It was another promising effort by the offense, but also another game filled with unforced errors that doomed Philly to its third straight loss. The Eagles had three touchdowns taken off the board by penalties in drives that eventually ended with field goals.
Longtime NFL personnel man Mike Lombardi calls these instances “four-point plays” for the number of points you leave on the field by trading a touchdown/PAT for a field goal. The math ain’t pretty: The Eagles had three “four-point plays” on Sunday in a game they lost by 12. Nick Sirianni’s team needs to clean it up.”
“A bright spot Sunday was the play of second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, who threw for a career-high 387 yards. But things won’t get any easier for Hurts and the reeling Eagles. After a trip to Charlotte to face the Panthers in Week 5, Philly hosts the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers on a short week before a trip to Las Vegas.”
“Rookie WR DeVonta Smith is showing some signs of life, catching seven balls for 122 yards Sunday after totaling 11 for 115 in the first three weeks.”
“DeVonta Smith might be the brightest spot for the Eagles right now. He looks like the No. 1 receiver the team has been searching for. The optimism after the team’s season-opening win has faded, though, and the next stretch of games doesn’t offer much reprieve: Panthers, Bucs, Raiders.”
Their fall wasn’t significant, but the Eagles still fell across the board by a spot or two. The upcoming weeks won’t get any easier with Carolina, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas, and the Chargers on the horizon. The good news is that the team’s who draft picks the Eagles own, the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, are right net to them amongst the NFL’s worst this season.
Mandatory Credit: Associated Press