Power Ranking Roundup: Where do the Eagles stand going into Week 18?
Over the last few weeks, the Eagles have been steadily rising up the league’s standings, winning four straight games. They have gone from the mid-20s to almost cracking the top ten in that span.
Last week was the Eagles’ biggest jump in the rankings, with the team now sitting just outside the Top 10. After a playoff-clinching win over the Washington Football Team, let’s take a look at where the Eagles stand going into their final week of the season.
“It might be enticing for the Eagles to use some of their handsome draft capital (they have three first-round picks this April) to secure a big-name quarterback, but Hurts has guided his team to the playoffs in his first year as a full-time starter, and at age 23, deserves some breathing room before the Philly brass gets the factory up and cranking once again.”
“Who had the Eagles winning 10 games this season? That’s on the table considering Dallas should be resting starters in Week 18, since the No. 1 seed in the NFC isn’t possible anymore. It has been a nice first season for new coach Nick Sirianni.”
“Four straight wins punched a ticket to the postseason for the Eagles, but it’s fair to wonder if Philly is the NFC’s answer to the Dolphins — another team that fattened up on the league’s have-nots. The Eagles’ current win streak has been built on the backs of the Jets, the Giants and Washington (twice).
Take a step back and you’ll see Philly doesn’t have a single win against a team that currently has a winning record. It will be the sensible play when Iggles fans pull those “underdog” masks out of their closets in a couple weeks.”
“Kudos to Nick Sirianni for adjusting to the talent available to him, as the Eagles found their way into the postseason as a run-based squad built around their fantastic offensive line and dual-threat quarterback, Jalen Hurts,” Sobleski added.
“The first-year head coach leaned on arguably the best offensive front in football, which helped turn the Eagles into a winner. That group will make the Eagles dangerous in the postseason even if they lack the overall talent compared to others.”
“The Eagles had to find their defensive way against Washington, but once they did, the win came easy with Jalen Hurts’ passing and running doing plenty. Nick Sirianni has done a great job as a rookie coach, the Brandon Staley of the NFC.”
“Jalen Hurts wasn’t bothered much by the Washington pass rush, and in turn, looked quite comfortable from within the pocket against Philadelphia’s divisional opponent.
The Eagles control their own destiny, but they have a tough matchup against the Cowboys to finish their season. Hurts hasn’t played well against Dallas yet in his career. It would be massive for the perception about him if he played well in that game.”
There wasn’t much change that week, and that is expected. The Eagles are the lowest seed in the NFC playoffs, and their rankings reflect that. Moving forward, these power rankings don’t mean shit, with the true test being the upcoming postseason.
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