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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Eagles close to being a top 10 team

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Here is a weekly round-up of how various media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. After beating the Giants for their second win in a row, the Eagles are really starting to earn some respect. Let's start by revisiting my rankings.

Bleeding Green Nation

12) It sure wasn't pretty, but the Eagles picked up a much-needed win over their division rivals to take control of the division. It's amazing to think the Eagles lead the NFC East despite playing poorly this season. Philadelphia's defense is legit, but the offense is still struggling. Sam Bradford looks really bad and the team's ceiling is limited if he continues to struggle. For now, the Eagles have the 10th best point differential in the NFL. (LW: 17)

SB Nation

11) N/A (LW: 17)

Philadelphia Daily News

13) A season-high 4 giveaways and they still won by 20 points. Say whhhhaaat? (LW: 17)

Football Outsiders

7) N/A (LW: 12)

Pro Football Focus

11) Ryan Mathews has 3 or more yards after contact on 51 percent of his carries. He is the only one in the league to have over 50 percent.

ESPN

9) Run, Eagles, run ... Philly is averaging 154.7 rushing yards per game in its wins this season, compared to 52.3 rushing yards per game in its losses. (LW: 15)

The MMQB

11) Still so much about the Eagles that is uncertain—such as, is Sam Bradford ever going to show franchise-QB form? Philly has won three of four, but the Monday-nighter over the Giants was one of the ugliest games and least satisfying wins in this long rivalry.

NFL.com

11) Philly looked dominant on defense Monday night. Flat-out dominant. If that group can play that way, week in and week out, then concerns about how Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray fit into this offense -- or why Riley Cooper inexplicably stops on deep routes -- become a bit less pressing. Fletcher Cox looks like a First-Team All-Pro. Connor Barwin was bull-rushing Giants tackle Marshall Newhouse like a man possessed. Even Nolan Carroll was balling out there. (LW: 18)

CBS (Prisco)

11) They have suddenly moved to the top of the NFC East. Those early-season woes seem like a long time ago. (LW: 17)

CBS (Kirwan)

11) The Eagles are back on track and in first place in the NFC east. The pass rush is impressive and finally DeMarco Murray is getting run opportunities. (LW: 20)

Yahoo!

12) Nick Foles would have been at least as good as Sam Bradford has been. (LW: 18)

FOX Sports

12) The offense is still too inconsistent, but DeMarco Murray showed signs of life against the Giants. Philly has arguably its most dominant defensive front seven since Chip Kelly became coach. (LW: 18)

Reddit

12) For a team meant to control games offensively, the Eagles have done the exact opposite through 6 weeks. Once again, the defense came through when it mattered, pressuring Eli Manning into errant throws, 3 sacks, and 2 intentional grounding penalties. Tied atop the NFC East, the Eagles will need to figure out their offensive woes if they intend to stay there.

PFT

12) If they can win by 20 when Sam Bradford throws three interceptions, how would they do if he threw, you know, none? (LW: 24)

USA Today

12) Their defense can actually be pretty filthy, especially on nights when the offense manages to control the clock. (LW: 20)

Business Insider

17) Despite the big contract the Eagles gave Byron Maxwell to play corner over the offseason, their safeties have actually been holding the defense together. (LW: 18)

Newsday

12) DeMarco Murray finally goes over the 100-yard rushing mark, and the Eagles' defense dominates Eli Manning and the Giants as Philly erases a 1-3 start and moves into a tie for the top spot in the NFC East. (LW: 18)

Washington Post

11) The Eagles won an ugly, sloppy game Monday night against the Giants that did nothing to enhance the reputation of the NFC East. Philadelphia has won two straight games since its 1-3 start. But the Eagles hardly resemble a top team and Sam Bradford doesn’t exactly look like the answer at QB. (LW: 16)

Chicago Tribune

11) Two straight wins is all it takes to go from the outhouse to the penthouse in the NFC East. (LW: 17)

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Analysis

The rankings range from as high as 7 to as low as 17. 11 was the most common ranking. 11.5 is the average ranking. That's 6.5 spots up from last week's average ranking of 18.0.

The Eagles have rebounded nicely after getting off to a bad start. The defense is playing great. The offense is showing some signs of progress but is still ultimately being held back by a struggling Sam Bradford. If Bradford can somehow find a way to not be awful, which could be asking a lot, this team could be pretty good.

Philadelphia has a big chance to move up in the rankings this week if they beat the undefeated Panthers in Carolina. It certainly won't be easy, but a win would vault them into the top 10.