Power Rankings Roundup: Eagles back in playoff hunt after 30-13 win over Broncos
After being considered out of the running just a few weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the playoff hunt following a 30-13 win over the Denver Broncos. The Eagles have an incredibly easy schedule remaining, and wins over New Orleans and the Giants the next two weeks send their playoff chances to nearly 60%.
Perception of Philly has started to change after last weekend so let’s see where they stand in power rankings across the league.
“If the Eagles go on to make a dash to the playoffs (not a pipe dream in the wide-open NFC Wild Card race), we might point to Darius Slay’s 83-yard fumble return as the season’s turning point. On the final play of the third quarter, Slay scooped up Melvin Gordon’s fumble, fumbled the ball himself, then recovered and dashed nearly untouched to the end zone to silence the fans at Mile High and send Philadelphia to its fourth road victory in six tries.
With a steadily improving Jalen Hurts under center, the Eagles have a chance to make some noise if their defense can continue to deliver impact plays like we saw from “Big Play Slay” on Sunday.”
“The only realistic path to the playoffs is by securing a wild-card berth. Currently, the Eagles are one game back of the final slot. The Saints are one of the teams they’re contending with. A win Sunday could give them an essential tiebreaker advantage over New Orleans if the teams both end up with the same record.
Philly already owns the tiebreaker over the Panthers and Falcons after beating them earlier this season. They’d be positioned well for a late playoff push if they can find a way to register their first home win of the season against the Saints.”
“The Eagles sit at 4-6, still outside the NFC playoff picture. But with continued strong play from this offense, Philly could make a run down the stretch. They’ve got a tough matchup with New Orleans next week, but from Week 12 on, they draw matchups against the Jets, the Giants twice, and the Washington Football Team twice before finishing up their year against the Cowboys. There’s plenty of winnable games in there, and it won’t be a huge surprise if the Eagles emerge as a dark-horse playoff team.”
“The Eagles finally have decided to support Jalen Hurts’ passing and running with a traditional rushing attack, and it’s worked, to settle his arm and his feet. The defense is also responding well in complementary football and Nick Sirianni keeps figuring more out about his team.”
“The Eagles are in arguably the best position of any of the teams near the bottom of these rankings. Philadelphia is set up to have three first-round picks and gets a season or two to figure out if Jalen Hurts is a franchise guy. It could be a lot worse.”
The low 20s is a fair rating based on their performance throughout the season, and a win against New Orleans would likely send them into the high teens, especially with their remaining schedule. All the odds are in the Eagles’ favor this week, between Trevor Siemian under center and the Birds looking for their first home win.
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