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Power ranking round up: win over the Falcons gives the Eagles that extra push

The law of averages

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The Eagles beat the Falcons on Sunday, how did the pundits react? Depends on who you ask.

SB Nation - 10th (last week: 11th)

No write up

ESPN - 10th (last week: 18th)

The Eagles have a 41 percent chance of making the playoffs according to NFL FPI, but they also have the second-most difficult remaining schedule based on opponent win-loss records. A road game against Seattle this week is as tough as they get. - 10th (last week: 10th)

Every single NFC East team won in Week 10. Loved the way Jim Schwartz's defense competed -- again -- in leading Philly to the win. For all the love given to Carson Wentz, the reality is that he threw no touchdown passes and averaged well under 7 yards per throw. Not disparaging him at all, but right now he is closer to game manager than Norm Van Brocklin.

Fox Sports - 12th (last week: 16th)

Carson Wentz has become reliant on the checkdown (10 of 25 completions to running backs), but he got the job done against the Falcons. If the Eagles are going to make the playoffs, they’ll need Wentz to make more throws downfield and utilize his wide receivers more than he has (eight receptions on Sunday). The defense, on the other hand, has been outstanding.

Yahoo - 10th (last week: 15th)

Sunday’s formula has to be how the Eagles win the rest of this season. They can’t ask Carson Wentz to throw 45 times a game, as they did in their previous two games. Wentz is still a rookie and will be much better when the run game is doing a majority of the work. Ask the Cowboys about that formula.

Bleacher Report - 10th (last week: 11th)

Take the names, colors, numbers and logos off the jerseys.

You would've sworn that Philadelphia boasted the NFL's leading offense, not Atlanta. Carson Wentz and his teammates were that efficient in a must-win home game in Week 10.

They also played smart. Coach Doug Pederson channeled his inner Andy Reid, calling run plays that spoke to Philly's size advantage. Then, he channeled his inner Kyle Shanahan for play-action passes that looked just like Atlanta's coordinator drew them up.

Leodis McKelvin still struggled in coverage, but the Eagles could mask his deficiencies. Why? Because Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin were all over the field. Behind them, Mychal Kendricks popped Atlanta's run game wide-open.

Pro Football Talk - 14th (last week: 16th)

The worst team in the best division in football is still the worst team in the division.

That’s... that’s just nitpicking, isn’t it? It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.

Last week the Eagles averaged 14th. This week, they average 11th.

At this point in the season, a three slot move up is about as good as you’re going to get.

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