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2014 NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Eagles are a better team with Mark Sanchez

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season is over which means it's time for everyone's favorite activity: NFL Power Rankings. With the return of power rankings comes the return of the weekly Philadelphia Eagles power rankings compilation.

Here is a round-up of how various Internet media outlets have ranked the Eagles. Let's see what the 'experts' are saying. As always, we'll start by revisiting mine first.

Bleeding Green Nation

4) No Nick Foles, no problem. The Eagles looked even better with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The defense and special teams played strong in a dominant Philadelphia victory. Philly owns the NFL's third best point differential now, only behind New England and Denver.

Last week: 4

SB Nation

5) The Eagles moved up and into the top five with a win over the free-falling Panthers, and Mark Sanchez had maybe the best game of his career in his first start in almost two years, throwing for 300-plus yards and no turnovers, something he never did with the Jets.

Last week: 6

Mile High Report

4) Mark Sanchez came out and annihilated the Carolina Panthers in his Philadelphia Eagles debut. In other news, I was up 50 points in my Fantasy Football league last night when this Monday Night Football game started and my opponent only had the Eagles defense/special teams on their team. Yeah. By halftime I would crapping myself up just 15 points, but fortunately, the Panthers had some garbage time production to save me from suffering their fate on that night. Thanks Carolina!

Last week: 4

Music City Miracles

1) N/A

Last week: 1

Revenge of the Birds

5) Wow. Mark Sanchez folks. The Eagles just clobbered the Panthers, who many people thought was going to be one of the top teams this season. Clearly that is no longer the case. The Eagles now sit in control of the NFC East, a game up on the Dallas Cowboys. We will see if Sanchez can maintain the roll the team is on, but as of right now, they are sitting pretty at number five.

Last week: N/A

Cincy Jungle

4) The Sanchize has the benefit of being surrounded by a bunch of offensive weapons and a defense that can shut opponents down.

Last week: 5

Philly Daily News

4) Sunday’s trip to Lambeau will tell Chip Kelly a lot about his team.

Last week: 4

CBS (Prisco)

4) Mark Sanchez showed Monday night that he would be just fine at quarterback. The defense has a tough challenge at Green Bay this week.

Last week: 4

CBS (Kirwan)

6) The Eagles will not miss a beat with Mark Sanchez at QB. In fact his mobility adds a dimension to the Philadelphia offense. The dominating win over the Panthers reaffirms they are the best team in the NFC East.

Last week: 8


4) Mark Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers Monday, keying the Eagles' rout of the Panthers. That's a real sentence about something that really happened.

Last week: 4

4) As sportswriters, we are not supposed to root for these kinds of things ... but everyone I spoke with at the NFL offices in L.A. was happy for Mark Sanchez on Monday night. Let's just say that 20 of 37 for 332 yards and two touchdowns was better than anyone would have expected out of him at this time last year, the year before or the year before that.

Last week: 4


3) The offense didn’t skip a beat with Mark Sanchez at the helm, and some would say that it looked more efficient than ever. The improved pass rush is the reason this team has a chance to make a serious playoff run.

Last week: 5


3) The Eagles may not be sour on Nick Foles.  But they’re sweet on Mark Sanchez.

Last week: 3


3) The difference between this quarterback situation and Palmer/Stanton is this: Nick Foles wasn't playing well when he got hurt. And Sanchez has some natural talent that might have been obscured by the Jets' tire fire. The 2014 Eagles are a better team with Sanchez.

Last week: 4

USA Today

6) So far, Mark Sanchez looks perfectly capable of leading them to postseason and permanently replacing Nick Foles.

Last week: 4

Washington Post

6) Mark Sanchez played well and put up big numbers Monday night in his first start at QB in place of the injured Nick Foles, just as some thought he would. He received the bulk of the attention, and rightfully so. But the lopsided victory over the Panthers was just as much about the defense and the special teams continuing to produce TDs on returns at a dizzying rate. If that continues, the Eagles won’t have to ask too much of their QB and Sanchez can feel like it’s his first two seasons with the Jets all over again.

Last week: 8


5) A spectacular starting debut for Mark Sanchez, who makes the Butt Fumble a distant memory by throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns in Philly’s Monday night romp over Carolina.

Last week: 5


The rankings range from as high as 1 to as low as 6. 4 was the most common ranking. 4.25 is the average ranking. That's up a little over half a spot up last week's average ranking of 4.88.

Philadelphia didn't move up too much despite a dominating win over a lackluster Carolina Panthers team. The Eagles are stuck at the top with teams like the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Philadelphia will need to continue to take care of business and rely on those teams losing in order to move up. The Arizona Cardinals are ahead of the Eagles in a number of rankings but that could change fast if the team isn't able to win with Drew Stanton taking over for an injured Carson Palmer.

The Eagles can gain a lot of respect this weekend by marching into Lambeau and coming out with a win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Of course, that won't be easy.

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