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.
1 - The undisputed best team in the NFL. Philly dropped 51 points on one of the NFL’s top defenses. Carson Wentz is the NFL MVP. Doug Pederson is the Coach of the Year. Jim Schwartz’s defense ranks No. 1 in both stopping the run and generating pressure. This is just a complete team. No one should want to play the Eagles right now. (LW: 1)
1 - Who’s going to stop these Philadelphia Eagles? Now 8-1, the team hasn’t lost since a Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and it’s perfectly realistic to imagine the Eagles going to a Super Bowl for the third time ever. After dealing a 51-23 thrashing to the Denver Broncos in Week 9, the Eagles will get a bye week to refresh and recuperate before trying to cap a season that looks destined to end with the team’s first NFC East title in four years. Carson Wentz has 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions, the team hasn’t been held under 20 points all season, and now they add Jay Ajayi to the mix. There’s a lot of season left to be played, including two games against the Dallas Cowboys, who are lurking in the shadows at 5-3. But there’s really no reason why Philadelphia shouldn’t feel really good about its chances at a division crown and so much more. (LW: 1)
1 - Preseason ranking: 15. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in touchdown passes (23) and is the primary reason the Eagles jumped from 15th heading into the season to first in our midseason edition. Thanks to the great start, Philadelphia is the FPI favorite to win the Super Bowl (20.8 percent chance). (LW: 1)
1 - The first quarter of Sunday's blowout of the Broncos told you all you needed to know about these Eagles. Carson Wentz led them on three scoring drives in three possessions. The third was set up by a mid-tier free-agent acquisition who has proven himself to be another contributor, if not star, for Doug Pederson's team: Patrick Robinson, whose interception of Brock Osweiler in Denver territory made that scoring march rather short. It was paid off by another unheralded player in running back Corey Clement. The dot on the previous Eagles possession was provided by kicker Jake Elliott, who has been absolutely huge for Philly this season. Can't imagine anyone would argue with this ranking. (LW: 1)
1 - The schedule is about to get a lot tougher the next month. We will know a lot more about them come December. (LW: 1)
1 - They put up 51 points without Zach Ertz, who has been their most reliable receiver. Against a Broncos defense that is still among the best in the NFL. They’re deep on offense, especially with Alshon Jeffery heating up and Jay Ajayi in the mix. The Eagles have a bye week and then a fun Sunday night matchup at Dallas on Nov. 19. Win that and they’re running downhill to a division title. (LW: 1)
1 - There is no reason to doubt any longer that this is the NFL’s best team. It’s not an early-season illusion. It’s past the halfway point of their season, and the Eagles are the league’s most complete team. The offense hasn’t missed a step since losing left tackle Jason Peters. Newly added RB Jay Ajayi made an immediate contribution Sunday. The progress made by QB Carson Wentz and Coach Doug Pederson in their second year together is the key to all of this. (LW: 2)
1 - If the Patriots are the best team in the AFC, the Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFL. Adding running back Jay Ajayi to help balance out the offense puts an already elite team over the top. What's elite about Philadelphia? Well, quarterback Carson Wentz for one. His play in year two has been incredible. He can attack downfield, buy time in the pocket, make plays with his legs and create offense on his own. There isn't anything he cannot do, and when the Eagles need to rely on him, he delivers. The fact Wentz and the Eagles offense just dropped 51 points on Denver should tell you all you need to know about how dangerous this unit is. On the other side of the ball, the defensive line is elite. Fletcher Cox and Co. are capable of wreaking havoc and messing up plays with such frequency that teams rarely have the time to expose Philadelphia's below-average group of cornerbacks. The Eagles don't have many weaknesses, and they have to be considered the favorites in the NFC after nine weeks. (LW: 1)
1 - Today's first history lesson - the previous four times Philly started a season 8-1, they advanced to the NFL title game / Super Bowl. (LW: 1)
1 - The Eagles absolutely eviscerated the Broncos Sunday, with Carson Wentz continuing his MVP-calibur season putting up 4 touchdowns in 3 quarters. The focus now becomes getting healthy during the bye in preparation for Dallas on SNF in two weeks. (LW: 1)
1 - Carson Wentz has passed every test from opposing defenses, and now he's getting extra help from his own defense. The Eagles are no longer a surprise team, transitioned into a real threat and, maybe, the favorite to win it all. (LW: 1)
1 - Scoring 51 against the defense that won Super Bowl 50 may be the clearest sign yet that this team is headed for Super Bowl LI. (LW: 1)
1 - After going his first seven games without a touchdown, Jay Ajayi finally found the end zone in his Eagles debut Sunday versus Denver. Undrafted rookie Corey Clement also had a big Week 9, lighting up the Broncos for 66 yards (51 rushing, 15 receiving) and three touchdowns. Sunday marked Alshon Jeffery’s first multi-touchdown game since Week 13 of 2014. Translation: it’s finally sunny in Philadelphia. (LW: 1)
2 - The Eagles continue to fly high, with a defense that rushes the passer better than any other team in the league. With Fletcher Cox (88.3) and Timmy Jernigan (86.2) up the middle and Brandon Graham (92.1) and Vinny Curry (84.2) on the edge, opposing offenses (which comprise the 22nd-toughest remaining schedule in the league) are going to have a tough time keeping up with the second-highest scoring offense in the league. With Ronald Darby returning to the lineup soon to team with PFF mid-season All Pro Patrick Robinson (91.2), the sky’s the limit for this Eagles team moving forward. (LW: 3)
1 - No explanation (LW: 1)
3 - No explanation (LW: 3)
4 - No explanation (LW: 3)
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 up slightly from last week’s average of 1.41.
All of the subjective power rankings have the Eagles at No. 1. The Washington Post realized they were wrong about having the Eagles at No. 2 last week.
Speaking of metrics, did you catch this note from ESPN?
Philadelphia is the FPI favorite to win the Super Bowl (20.8 percent chance)
Nearly a 21% chance to win the Super Bowl. Damn!
The Eagles obviously have off this week since it’s their bye. They’ll likely hold on to their top status.