Power Ranking Roundup: Eagles back on the rise after win over Jets
After taking a dip following their loss to the Giants last week, the Eagles are back on the rise. Their win over the New York Jets alongside the Vikings’ loss to Detroit sent Philadelphia back into the wildcard picture. Although they aren’t near the top, the return into the top 20 was a pleasant sight for Eagles fans.
“It was no Jalen Hurts, no problem for the Eagles. They beat the Jets on Sunday at the Meadowlands with Gardner Minshew II filling in at QB. No one should get too carried away about Minshew’s crisp performance. He’s a competent QB with plenty of starting experience, but the Eagles should stick with Hurts as the starter when he’s healthy enough to play. They’re doing well during a retooling season to be within a game of .500 in December and in the NFC playoff chase.”
“With Jalen Hurts nursing a sore ankle, the Philadelphia Eagles turned to Gardner Minshew as their starting quarterback against the New York Jets on Sunday. And just as he did during his debut with the Jaguars, Minshew played well, finishing 20-of-25 with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 133.7 in a 15-point win.”
“One of the best moves of the offseason might end up being the Eagles trading a conditional sixth-round pick for Gardner Minshew II (and, conversely, one of the worst moves might be the bumbling Jaguars trading Minshew away for a ham sandwich). Minshew is signed through 2022 and has a salary of less than $1 million. Even if he’s just a high-end backup, there’s a lot of value in that.”
“The Eagles got a spark from Gardner Minshew at QB to take care of the Jets in the same stadium where they had a clunker against the Giants last week. The win was huge to put them back on the brink of playoff position and also show how explosive and balanced their offense can be.”
“Minshew completed his first 12 passes against the Jets and led Philly on seven consecutive scoring drives in a convincing win that led to the inevitable questions about Hurts’ job security. Nick Sirianni did a nice job of deflection, but Eagles fans have now caught MinshewMania in the same way Duval County did before them. Minshew is a fun and passionate player, with the underdog charisma of Rocky Balboa. No wonder Iggles fans are head over heels.”
“It’s not really Hurts vs. Gardner Minshew. It’s Hurts vs. time. Hurts has four regular-season games left to convince the front office that instead of using their three first-round picks in April’s draft to acquire a quarterback, they should use the resources to build around him.
Hurts has had stretches this season when he has been among the most impactful quarterbacks in the game, but he has been inconsistent as a passer. If he can lead the Eagles to a postseason berth in coach Nick Sirianni’s first year, it would make it all the more difficult for management to go in a different direction.”
Not a bad range of rankings from across the country, and it’ll be sure to rise even more if the Eagles can move to .500 with a win over Washington next week. In the meantime, they will have to sit while they’re in the midst of their bye week. Afterward, Philadelphia goes into an NFC East round-robin, playing Washington twice, Dallas, and New York in their final four games.
Mandatory Credit: Bill Kostroun