Power Ranking Roundup: Eagles ascend into top-20 after win over Saints
It was another big week for the Philadelphia Eagles, who took down the New Orleans Saints, 40-29, to win their second-straight game. The general consensus of the Eagles has shifted heavily from bottom-feeders to playoff contenders. Last week, the Eagles were sitting in the low 20s but saw another big jump being just one game under .500.
“This is a fun football team. The Eagles were quite chippy against the Saints, too. Jordan Mailata got into it with Marcus Davenport, and he jawed with multiple other Saints defensive linemen. But Philadelphia’s on-field dominance has jumped their stock in the Week 12 NFL Power Rankings.
Philadelphia’s offensive line dominated the point of attack, and they were able to methodically move the ball downfield. The game could have gotten even more out of hand if they had capitalized better in the red zone.
In their past four games, the Eagles have scored an average of 34.5 points, which will win you most football games even if the defense is bad. That defense, however, has scored a couple of touchdowns themselves in recent weeks”
“Jalen Hurts is playing himself into the Eagles’ future. The second-year quarterback accounted for three touchdowns on Sunday — all of them on the ground — in a 40-29 win over the Saints at the Linc. After the game, Nick Sirianni spoke glowingly of Hurts’ multidimensional abilities. “Jalen is a special player who forces defenses to play different,” the coach said.
The victory was also one of personal significance to Sirianni, who finally has his first win at home in five tries as coach. The Eagles have turned into a great cold-weather team: They run the ball extremely well and beat up the opposition in the trenches. There’s more work to be done, but they profile as a player in the NFC wild-card race.”
“At 5-6, the Eagles remain on the periphery of the NFC playoff race (currently the no. 9 seed, just behind the Niners). But their recent resurgence has put them in a good spot for a late-season flourish. The Eagles’ remaining schedule offers an enticing amount of winnable games, with a matchup with the Jets and two games apiece against the Giants and Washington before they finish up at home against the Cowboys. Don’t be surprised if Philly sneaks into the playoffs as a wild-card team.”
“The Eagles have taken off, winning three of four (the loss was on a game-ending field goal to the Chargers) since embracing the run game. The stretch has put Jalen Hurts in a position to get at least another season as the Eagles’ starter, though he’ll still have to play well over the final six games.”
“Nick Sirianni’s Philadelphia Eagles have figured something out. After a 2-5 start to the season, the Eagles have now peeled off three wins in four contests to get back to within a game of .500. The recipe for that success has been simple. Run the ball. Run the ball some more. And then run the ball.”
“They’re now the No. 1 rushing team in NFC (153.4 yards per game) and no longer have a goose egg in win column at Lincoln Financial Field. Fortunately, their next two are in New Jersey against the lowly Giants and Jets – golden opportunities to vault Philadelphia into wild-card position.”
“The Eagles are starting to feel it with Jalen Hurts and the offense after a feeling-out period for Nick Sirianni. The defense is responding to Sirianni’s run-heavy approach. Don’t sleep on them stealing a wild card.”
It’s great to see this team get the respect they deserve, especially their dominance in the running game. The Eagles have an easy end to the season, facing just one team over .500, starting with the New York Giants this weekend. If things go to plan, it’s hard to disagree a wildcard spot won’t be in their future.
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