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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: How far did the Eagles fall?

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Week 14 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 chance to prove their worth against a top NFC contender. They came short. Philly was thoroughly outplayed by Seattle. The Eagles' are going to continue to fail to beat good teams if lackluster quarterback play remains a constant.

Last week: 4

SB Nation

5) Meanwhile, the Eagles fall in the rankings after stumbling against Seattle. They still boast a strong defense and potentially electric offense, assuming Mark Sanchez can prove he has a short memory. Philly doesn't have any time to dwell on Sunday's game, though; the Eagles host the Cowboys in a crucial matchup of the NFC East leaders this week.

Last week: 2

Baltimore Beatdown

7) Chip Kelly again
Taking the Eagles to Vic -
tory, no Michael.

Last week: 6

Cincy Jungle

5) They got decimated by the Seahawks, but have a chance to recover this week against the Cowboys.

Last week: 4

Philadelphia Daily News

5) When Shady can’t run, the offense doesn’t go.

Last week: 4

CBS (Prisco)

6) Mark Sanchez needs to play better this week against Dallas than he did against the Seahawks. First place is on the line.

Last week: 5

CBS (Kirwan)

6) The Eagles are a very good team, but they just got a reality check from the Seattle Seahawks. A showdown this week at home against the Cowboys will probably decide the division champ. Regular-season loses to Seattle, Green Bay, Arizona and San Francisco could come back to haunt them if they wind up in the wild-card race.

Last week: 4


7) Philly's 10-game home winning streak was snapped, but one bright note was LeSean McCoy. Shady moved past Wilbert Montgomery for the most rush yards in team history (6,539).

Last week: 4

7) Sunday's loss to the visiting Seahawks must've driven Philly's fans crazy. At some point, don't you have to push the ball downfield? I mean, I love none-yard passes to Darren Sproles and Jeremy Maclin, but come on, you're down 24-14 late in the fourth ... I agreed with Troy Aikman's in-broadcast analysis that the play-calling left something to be desired.

Last week: 4


6) Mark Sanchez’s inability to drive the ball downfield allows defenses to clamp down. All season, the defense has struggled with quarterbacks who can extend plays to put pressure on their subpar pass coverage unit.

Last week: 4


6) Based on Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, cross Chip Kelly’s name off the San Francisco wish list.

Last week: 4


7) This is how wild the NFC playoff race is: The winner of Sunday's game against Dallas will be the favorite to win the NFC East. The loser will be 9-5 but in some significant danger of missing the playoffs.

Last week: 4

USA Today

6)  They're coming off worst offensive performance under Chip Kelly and must host Dallas team that's won four of five in Philly. #yikes

Last week: 5

Business Insider

6) The Seahawks really hate Mark Sanchez, for some reason.

Last week: 5

Washington Post

13) They weren’t on the Seahawks’ level Sunday. That is the down side of the Eagles’ fast-break offensive approach: If things aren’t working and they’re not getting first downs, their offense is off the field quickly and the pressure on their defense is immense. There’s no time to pout. The Cowboys come to Lincoln Financial Field for a Sunday night game with first place in the NFC East again on the line. The Eagles clearly were the better team in Dallas on Thanksgiving but must prove it again.

Last week: 6


6) Mark Sanchez looked sharp in winning three of his first four starts in place of Nick Foles, but let’s face it. Even elite quarterbacks can look bad against Seattle’s defense, especially the way Pete Carroll’s group is playing of late.

Last week: 4


The rankings range from as high as 5 to as low as 13. 6 was the most common ranking. 6.5 is the average ranking. That's nearly down 2.5 spots from last week's average ranking of 4.06.

The Eagles lost to a good team so most outlets did not drop the Eagles too far. The exception is the Washington Post who somehow has the Eagles at No. 7.

Philadelphia can get back on track and make up ground by beating Dallas at home this week.


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