Power Ranking Roundup: Eagles take massive slide following 13-7 loss to Giants
After finally getting respected around the league, the Eagles choked against the New York Giants, 13-7. Philadelphia had cracked the top 20 in power rankings, being placed around 18th by numerous prominent outlets. But after the loss, they went back to the bottom of the league with their playoff hopes in shambles.
“What … and I cannot stress this enough … the hell is Jalen Reagor still doing on the football field for Philadelphia? He’s a complete liability, and there is no excuse for allowing his reign of terror to continue. That is on the coaching staff.”
“The resurgence of the offense came to a halt against the Giants. Jalen Hurts really struggled.”
“Admirable of WR Jalen Reagor to face the media music after he probably dropped two TD passes Sunday in a six-point loss. Less admirable that Philly is putting him in that position and not targeting rookie DeVonta Smith instead.”
“The Eagles aren’t out of it, not in an NFC where the last playoff team currently sits a game under .500. But beginning next week against the Jets in the same stadium where they just crashed and burned against the Giants, they’re just about fresh out of margin for more mistakes.”
“The Eagles’ momentum fluttered away in the winds of the Meadowlands. Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions, Boston Scott had a costly fumble and Jalen Reagor missed two opportunities to play hero in the final minute of a grim 13-7 loss to the Giants. Reagor let two well-placed Hurts passes clang off his hands near the goal line — tough catches, sure, but balls that a player drafted one spot ahead of Justin Jefferson is expected to come down with.
Hurts wasn’t blameless: The second-year QB tried to force the action too often and threw the ball up for grabs in multiple instances, with calamitous results. The league’s easiest closing schedule will help the Eagles in their push for the playoffs, but Sunday’s preventable loss could haunt them.”
“The Eagles can’t play Jalen Reagor anymore. He dropped two potential touchdowns Sunday, including a fourth-down drop that went right through his hands at the goal line in the final seconds. He has 12 or fewer yards in seven of 12 games. He had a four-game stretch in which he had four catches for five yards total. And yet, he has played two-thirds of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in all but two games. Why?”
“The Eagles have discovered an offensive identity since the last check-in, based largely around a dominant rushing attack. They have racked up 1,078 yards on the ground since Week 8, by far the most in the NFL. (The Colts are second with 841.) The Eagles had won three of four using that formula before a costly 13-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday in which Jalen Hurts threw a career-high three interceptions.
Philadelphia’s playoff chances dipped to 26% with the defeat, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But the Eagles have the easiest closing schedule in the NFL, and they should have more good Sundays than bad to finish the regular season — so long as they can keep the turnovers down.”
Their ranking going into this battle against the New York Jets isn’t horrible, as it’s where they have been for most of the season. However, this group could have easily been in the top half of the league if they scored just one more touchdown this past Sunday.
Mandatory Credit: NJ.com