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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Eagles offense is still a big concern

Where do the Eagles rank around the web?

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Here is a weekly round-up of how various Internet media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. After saving their season with a win this week, the Eagles proved they're still alive. Let's start by revisiting mine.

Bleeding Green Nation

17) The Eagles proved they're still alive with an ugly win over New York. While Philadelphia's defense and special teams units look good, the offense is still slumping due to the struggles of Sam Bradford. The Eagles really need to improve on offense in order to sustain wins. (LW: 28)

SB Nation

17) The Eagles made a statement by going into MetLife Stadium and igniting their offense against a good New York Jets defense, easing some fears in Philly (I would think) that Chip Kelly has completely ruined the roster. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles acted as spark plugs for a team desperate to get going. (LW: 21)


17) Ryan Mathews has nearly as many rushing yards after contact (66) as DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles have rushing yards (74). Murray and Sproles have nine more rushes too. (LW: 22)

20) Respond. That's what you do when fans are questioning your character, motives, desire and so on. Darren Sproles' return TD was absolutely huge -- and the oomph he gave the offense in the second half comeback in Week 1 wasn't discussed nearly enough, either. But the biggest props here go to the Philly defense, which forced four costly turnovers, three of which came courtesy of two rookies ( Jordan Hicks and Eric Rowe). (LW: 28)

CBS (Prisco)

16) They did a nice job bouncing back on the road against the Jets. The offense still doesn't look right, though. (LW: 20)

CBS (Kirwan)

24) The offense finally got rolling, especially in the running game with Ryan Mathews. If they can build on that, winnable games against Washington and New Orleans give them a chance to get over .500 after a horrific start. (LW: 29)


17) If I'm Chip Kelly, I'm making sure Ryan Mathews doesn't get stuck on one carry in a game again, like he did against Dallas. I'm also not sure I just give DeMarco Murray a majority of the snaps right away when he returns. (LW: 18)

FOX Sports

15) The Eagles finally put it all together and we caught a glimpse of how special this defense can be if they limit the big plays. With DeMarco Murray sidelined with an injury, Ryan Mathews finally got the ground game going -- he could see more carries going forward. To become true believers, we still need to see more from Sam Bradford. (LW: 22)


18) Chip Kelly is considered an offensive-minded coach, but there is no indication that is true. The Eagles's defense kept them in the game all 60 minutes and included 2 interceptions by rookies and a very effective pass rush. With back to back "easy" games looming with the Redskins and Saints, the Eagles could be back on track by late October if the offensive woes can be sorted out. (LW: 22)


22) Glass half empty assessment? They nearly gave up when they were up 24. (LW: 30)

USA Today

20)  Sooo ... time to consider demoting DeMarco Murray and making Ryan Mathews the lead dog on offense? Chip Kelly has "no idea." (LW: 22)

Business Insider

15) Sam Bradford's inability to throw the deep ball is a concern. According to ESPN, he has no completions for over 20 yards this season.


17) The Eagles' offense finally looks decent - with Ryan Mathews and without DeMarco Murray - in building a 24-0 lead on the Jets. In the end, they have to hold on for a 24-17 win. (LW: 21)

Washington Post

14) Chip Kelly the GM got the Eagles into this early-season predicament. Now Chip Kelly the coach is trying to get them out of it. (LW: 19)

Chicago Tribune

20) Victory over the Jets didn't subdue the controversy as top-dog free agent DeMarco Murray remains under fire and Ryan Mathews has played well. (LW: 23)


15) It’s good for the Eagles to be supportive, on and off the record, of Sam Bradford. But he’s not playing well. You’ve got to trust that he’s still getting adjusted to this offense, and to playing full speed after missing nearly two years.


The rankings range from as high as 14 to as low as 24. 17 was the most common ranking. 17.8 is the average ranking. That's exactly five spots up from last week's average ranking of 22.8.

The Eagles could solidify a spot in the top half of the league with a road win over Washington this weekend. Getting back to .500 after starting out the season 0-2 would be a good sign, but more so if the Eagles' offense decides to actually show up.

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