Today we continue our weekly roundup of how various media outlets have ranked the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. It’s always interesting to see how the Birds stack up from an outside perspective. But first we’ll start by revisiting mine.
Bleeding Green Nation
1 - Bye week. Next up for the Eagles is a road game against the Cowboys. Philly can virtually lock up the NFC East with a win. (LW: 1)
1 - No explanation (LW: 1)
1 - Projected wins: 12.4. The Eagles have the highest win total projection in the NFL, according to FPI. As long as they can protect the football, there's no reason to think the victories can't keep coming. Philadelphia lost the turnover battle just once this season, in a Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. (LW: 1)
1 - It was a bye week for the best team in pro football (including the CFL). So what could derail these Eagles, who have stormed out to an 8-1 start? Probably not the running game, which was thought to be a problem in preseason but is now a certifiable strength. The secondary's getting back a healthy Ronald Darby, who's been out since dislocating his ankle in Week 1, so probably not that group, either. And probably not the offensive line, which has played well despite losing its top player ( Jason Peters, out for the season with MCL and ACL tears). That leaves the Cowboys, who will be without Ezekiel Elliott for at least the first matchup between Dallas and Philly in Week 11, and who are already three games back in the standings. We'll see. (LW: 1)
1 - They come off their bye with a big division game on the road against the Cowboys on Sunday night. If they win that, the division title is almost a lock. (LW: 1)
1 - Something to keep in mind: Carson Wentz has thrown a touchdown on 7.9 percent of his passes this season. Only 46 quarterbacks in NFL history (and only five this century) have finished a season with a better percentage than that. That basically means it’s dangerous to project Wentz’s current pace for the rest of the season, because some regression is coming. All that said, he’ll be just fine and should be in the MVP race right until the end. (LW: 1)
1 - The Eagles return from their bye rested and clearly feeling good about themselves. They play Sunday night at Dallas against the Cowboys, who will be without Ezekiel Elliott and have key injuries at other positions. The Eagles have a great opportunity to all but wrap up the division title, which is already a near certainty. (LW: 1)
1 - The Eagles are the best team in football at this point. I'm not saying that will be the case in January, but it is right now, and it isn't even close. The Eagles have the best offensive player in the NFL in Carson Wentz. They have the best defensive player in Fletcher Cox. They have one of the best offensive lines and one of the top defensive lines in the game. Philadelphia can win by wreaking havoc with the pass rush and with big plays in the passing game. When the Eagles also get LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and the run game going, they're unstoppable. (LW: 1)
1 - Already 3-0 in NFC East, Philly can put virtual lock on division crown - and put another nail in Cowboys' coffin - by winning at Dallas Sunday. (LW: 1)
1 - The Eagles were on bye, which gave fans plenty of time to power on the meme machine in preparation for Dallas Hate Week. (LW: 1)
1 - If the Eagles needed any motivation for the second half of the season, they got it by watching the Saints, Rams and Vikings win Sunday. (LW: 1)
Pro Football Talk
1 - Chaz Green gives Eagles fans good feelings for Sunday night, albeit bad memories of Winston Justice. (LW: 1)
1 - Now that he’s had a couple weeks to digest the playbook, newcomer Jay Ajayi is expected to lead Philadelphia’s backfield Sunday versus Dallas. The Eagles are also getting back Zach Ertz, who had the bye to rest up after sitting out Week 9 with a hamstring injury. With upcoming matchups against the Cowboys, Seahawks and Rams, it’s time to see what the Eagles are really made of. (LW: 1)
1 - No explanation (LW: 1)
Pro Football Focus
2 - The Eagles went into their bye as one of the league’s hottest teams, winning seven in the row. They’ve done so with a balanced attack offensively and a top-10 defense in our grading system. It will be interesting to see how they utilize their offensive talents moving forward, as Zach Ertz (78.5), Alshon Jeffery (70.7) and LeGarrette Blount (73.2) all add something unique to Carson Wentz (85.0) and the Eagles’ attack. Throw in the explosiveness of trade acquisition Jay Ajayi (83.0) and an expected improvement of Wentz under pressure (35.2 percent completion, 30th in the league), and the Eagles have the potential to have the league’s most potent offense down the stretch. (LW: 2)
3 - No explanation (LW: 3)
4 - No explanation (LW: 4)
The rankings range from as high as 1 to as low as 4. The most common ranking is 1. The average ranking is 1.35, which is no change from last week’s average of 1.35.
The Eagles maintained their position on top of the league coming out of the bye. They haven’t been able to climb in the advanced metrics because other teams at the top keep winning: the Rams, Saints, Vikings, Jaguars, etc.
Philly has a big game this week against the Cowboys. Win that and the NFC East race is virtually over. It’ll also help the Eagles remain on top.
Elsewhere on the NFL schedule, the Rams play the Vikings in Minnesota. The Rams also play the Saints next week. So some of these top teams in the NFC are bound to see some losses soon.