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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Everyone is down on the Eagles

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Week 11 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

6) The Eagles had a big opportunity to prove they were elite with a win in Lambeau but they absolutely blew it. Philadelphia was crushed by the Packers in all phases of the game. There wasn't much for the Birds to gather from their loss. It's time for them to burn the tape and move on.

Last week: 4

SB Nation

7) Green Bay, not to be outdone, smashed the previously fifth-ranked Eagles 53-20 at home, drawing even with the Lions in the NFC North at 7-3. There's no player hotter than Aaron Rodgers right now. While Seattle's CenturyLink Field was the place that no one in the NFC wanted to go to in last season's playoffs, Lambeau Field might hold that distinction this year. Rodgers has tossed an NFL-record 29 straight touchdowns without an interception in the friendly frozen tundra of Green Bay, and over their last four games there, the Packers have completely stomped visiting teams, outscoring opponents 66-0 in the first quarter, 128-9 in the first half and 167-23 over the first three quarters. The fourth quarter of those games has been inconsequential, obviously.

Last week: 5

Mile High Report

13) Good news football fans! We only had to endure a single week of the Philadelphia Eagles being a quarterback-proof offense as Mark Sanchez threw a pick-six and also had trouble handling a high snap that turned into a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Yikes. The Eagles are going to have to wait another year to figure to find a quarterback. I can think of a couple Washington Redskins quarterbacks that would be better fits than Sanchez or Nick Foles.

Last week: 4

Music City Miracles

4) N/A

Last week: 1

Revenge of the Birds

9) N/A

Last week: 5

Cincy Jungle

8) Did we really think the Sanchize was the answer? This team is at the top of their slide.

Last week: 4

Philadelphia Daily News

7) Probably need to win at least 4 of last 6 to make the playoffs

Last week: 4

CBS (Prisco)

6) There goes the Mark Sanchez hype. Maybe Chip Kelly's offense can't work for everybody after all.

Last week: 4

CBS (Kirwan)

10) The Eagles got a reality check when they visited the Packers on Sunday. Mark Sanchez looks like he can throw for 300 and two TDs every week, but everything else has to be right for this team to win big.

Last week: 6


8) Philadelphia allowed 53 points to the Packers Sunday, the most allowed by the Eagles since 1972 (62-10 loss to Giants). The Packers had no turnovers, snapping Philly's 21-game takeaway streak.

Last week: 4

7) Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis might want to throw out the game tape from Sunday's swamping by the Packers. Why ruin his players' confidence heading into the stretch run? Even when the members of Philly's D played their assignments correctly, Aaron Rodgers busted the containment for a few big runs. At least the secondary made up for it by not tackling Eddie Lacy. Sure, much will be made of Mark Sanchez's play, but I saw a quarterback pressing to keep his team in a game with an opposing offense that couldn't be stopped.

Last week: 3


9) We saw shades of the old Mark Sanchez with several poor decisions against Green Bay, but the defense’s inability to stop big plays continues to hold this team back. The running game is also averaging 1.4 fewer yards per carry than in 2013.

Last week: 3


5) Suddenly, Nick Foles looks a lot better.

Last week: 3


5) A close loss at Lambeau would have been no big deal. But that blowout loss? Not a good look.

Last week: 3

USA Today

7) After squinting at their TVs in Week 10, Jets fans could be heard saying, 'Yeah, that's the Mark Sanchez I know,' Sunday.

Last week: 6

Washington Post

11) Oh well, the "Mark Sanchez’s rebirth in Philadelphia" storyline was nice while it lasted, huh? Even if it was only one game. It was an ugly second start of his Eagles tenure Sunday in Green Bay for Sanchez, even if he did throw for 346 yards. The mistakes returned and the Philadelphia defense had no answers for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The Eagles at least get a chance to bounce back quickly Sunday with a home game against the Titans.

Last week: 6


8) Mark Sanchez comes back down to the earth after a brilliant starting debut the week before, and the Eagles’ defense is torched by Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau.

Last week: 5


The rankings range from as high as 4 to as low as 13. 7 was the most common ranking. 7.65 is the average ranking. That's nearly down three and a half spots from last week's average ranking of 4.25.

A lot of outlets are down on the Philadelphia, and it's easy to see why. They were absolutely crushed by the Packers at Lambeau. The Eagles were an unmitigated disaster. It was a complete team loss. With that said, I think some of the takes are a little extreme. The way some of these outlets write would have you believe the Eagles are the worst team in the NFL. A number of outlets took shots at Mark Sanchez, which is what it is. Sanchez certainly didn't play well against Green Bay but he was hardly the main reason the Eagles lost.

The Eagles can get back on track this week with a win over the lowly Tennessee Titans. Philadelphia won't gain much respect in the rankings with a win but at the least it'll stop the bleeding.

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