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2014 NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Eagles Compilation

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season is over which means it's time for 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) The Eagles solidified their status in the top 5 with a third straight win to open the season. Their 3-0 record is their best start since 2004, which is the year they last went to the Super Bowl. I only moved Philly down here because the Bengals have looked more dominant. It's not a slight to the Eagles.

Last week: 3

SB Nation

5) Philly moved to 3-0 after winning a wild one over Washington, leaning on Chip Kelly's brilliant offense to carry the day. The Eagles are now second in the NFL in scoring with 33.7 points per game, second in passing yards with over 310 per game, and it doesn't even feel like they've hit their stride.

Last week: 6

Cincy Jungle

3) The Eagles offense takes a little time to get going, but then they explode in the second half.

Last week: 5

Mile High Report

4) I had the Washington Redskins in this game, because I really thought they would pull off the upset. Who knows what would have happened had the kicker for Washington not doinked one of his field goal attempts late in the game. The Philadelphia Eagles have mostly been comeback kids early this season, which doesn't bode well in the long term. At some point it will catch up with them and they don't really have any quality wins yet, so I dropped them a spot even with their win on Sunday. It was cool to see the first real brawl on the field of play in a long time. Leave me alone, I'm old school.

Last week: 3

Baltimore Beatdown

4) Why: their defense is suspect. Why not lower: their offense is undeniably good. Head Coach Chip Kelly calls the right plays at the right time and I find that's enough to put the team in a position to seal the deal. Offseason acquisition Malcolm Jenkins came up big in the win against the Redskins.

Last week: 3

Music City Miracles

1) [No explanation, just numbers]

Last week: 1


4) The Eagles have a takeaway in 15 consecutive games, the longest active streak. Philadelphia is the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing by double digits in all three.

Last week: 4

2) Do you realize the Eagles are averaging 24.7 points per game this season -- in the second half alone? Here's an even more remarkable stat: Philadelphia is the first team in NFL history to start a season 3-0 after being down 10-plus points in all three games. Impressive that this team also seems to win when Nick Foles doesn't play at his best, the secondary falters (which happens often) or the run game fails (which almost never happens, but did Sunday, when Philly averaged 2.2 yards per carry against the Redskins).

Last week: 3


6) Once again the defense started out slowly and, once again, closed with a couple key plays and an interception. Nick Foles played admirably despite little help from his banged-up offensive line, but LeSean McCoy didn’t fare as well. McCoy took a blow to the head, and struggled behind the patchwork unit. There was also another multi-week injury to one of their better remaining lineman (Jason Kelce). This will be a major issue going forward.

Last week: 5

USA Today

4) They're the first team to start a season 3-0 after trailing each game by at least double digits. Glass half full and half empty?

Last week: 5

CBS (Prisco)

4) Nick Foles and the offense are flying high, but that defense needs to tighten up a bit. They have a tough trip to San Francisco this week.

Last week: 6

CBS (Kirwan)

4) Trailing by 10 points means little to the Eagles (3-0). Losing at halftime? No problem! Philly has questions on defense, but it has also scored 74 points in the second half this season.

Last week: 5


5) Nick Foles leads the NFL in passing yards, but yet, am I the only one who doesn't feel like he's playing that great?

Last week: 5

Philadelphia Daily News

4) Offensive line auditions will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the NovaCare Complex.

Last week: 5

Washington Post

2) They were pushed to the limit Sunday by Kirk Cousins and the Redskins and they’ve been living on the edge, with a pair of three-point victories after overcoming a 17-point deficit to win the opener against the Jaguars. Cousins shredded the Philadelphia defense and the triumph came at a cost to the offense, with center Jason Kelce now sidelined because of a sports hernia. The offensive line is minus three starters with Kelce joining suspended right tackle Lane Johnson and injured left guard Evan Mathis on the shelf.

Last week: 3


4) Any Iggles fan missing DeSean Jackson ought to be heartened about DJax’s replacement, rookie Jordan Mathews, who scored two TDs in front of the home crowd -- and in front of Jackson -- in Philly’s wild win over Washington.

Last week: 4


The rankings range from as high as 1 to as low as 6. 4 was the most common ranking. 3.75 is the average ranking. That's up from last week's average ranking of 5.27.

A few outlets dropped the Eagles one spot, others bumped the Eagles up a spot or two, and even others kept them where they were from the week before. Exciting.

A lot of people have criticized the Eagles for coming from behind to win. It will take a dominating blowout performance from Philadelphia to convince the skeptics. The Eagles may have a chance to do that against the 49ers if San Francisco really is starting to fall off.

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