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NFL Power Rankings Roundup Week 8: Eagles drop back out of top 10

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What are the experts saying about the defending Super Bowl champs?

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With Week 7 of the NFL season in the books, it’s time look at how various media outlets have ranked the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. It’s always interesting to see how the Eagles stack up from an outside perspective. But first, let’s start by revisiting mine.

Bleeding Green Nation

15 - For the second time this season, the Eagles blew a significant second half lead. It looked like the reigning Super Bowl champions were turning the corner but they just just blew it. Sad! (LW: 13)

SB Nation

12 - The NFC East clearly appears to be the worst division in football. The Eagles are in a post-Super Bowl slump (still). The Giants are paying the price of continuing to trust Eli Manning. The Cowboys think trading away a first-round pick in exchange for Amari Cooper is going to solve their problems. And Washington is now on top of the division, and looking like the best team in a bad division. Who thought Adrian Peterson would be among the best players on a division-leading team in 2018? (LW: 9)

ESPN

10 - Need more from: CB Jalen Mills. The Eagles cornerback has allowed a league-high 541 yards in coverage as the nearest defender, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Philadelphia as a whole has given up a league-worst 1,410 yards to wide receivers and eight touchdowns, as compared to just two interceptions. (LW: 6)

NFL.com

14 - If the Eagles were in just about any other division but the NFC East, they would not be in fine shape. Not at 3-4, with five of their nine remaining games on the road. Granted, one of those is in London against a reeling Jaguars team. Yet, there is no way Philadelphia, one year after winning the Super Bowl with its backup quarterback, should lose at home with a 17-0 lead and Carson Wentz under center. Even after Wentz was bailed out on that flutter ball Eric Reid intercepted in the red zone, the Eagles couldn’t close the deal. A corner was NOT turned in New York, apparently. (LW: 12)

CBS Sports

17 - They seemed to be back to playing at a high level, but blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against the Panthers. Now they head to London to play the Jaguars. (LW: 13)

Pro Football Talk

12 - Don’t be shocked if this team isn’t playing in January. (LW: 11)

Yahoo! Sports

9 - I still think the Eagles will make a run, but they better not wait much longer. Put it this way: If the Eagles win six of their last nine, that puts them at just 9-7 and that’s no guarantee to qualify for the playoffs. Whatever ails them, they need to fix it very soon. (LW: 6)

Washington Post

12 - It’s nearly halfway through the season and the defending champs continue to struggle along below .500. The offense has not exactly clicked with Carson Wentz back at QB. The Eagles remain a threat to pull things together and win the division. But it no longer can be assumed that they are a good team playing mediocre football. (LW: 8)

Bleacher Report

12 - After dropping a piano on the New York Giants in Week 6, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to have finally put it all together this season. Racing out to a 17-0 lead at home against a good Carolina Panthers team just seemed to reinforce that. But that was before a jaw-dropping collapse in which Philly allowed three unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns in a loss that drops the defending Super Bowl champs back below .500. Hit the big red button, folks. Something isn’t right in Philly. Carson Wentz had another good game Sunday, passing for 310 yards and two scores. But he has very little help. A non-existent Eagles ground game gained just 58 yards on 24 carries. A Philly defense that was supposed to be a strength of the team allowed over seven yards a carry and fell apart over the final 15 minutes of the game. And Wentz took a beating (again), getting sacked four times and hit five more. The last time a Super Bowl champion fell to 3-4 was in 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens. That team failed to make the postseason. Sunday’s London matchup with the Jaguars just became a do-or-die game for these Eagles. (LW: 9)

Pro Football Weekly

10 - Might need to go 7-2 down the stretch to ensure division title (LW: 6)

Sporting News

13 - The Eagles are not exactly resting on their laurels with Doug Pederson, but they’re not finishing games the way they relentlessly did all the way through Super Bowl 52 last season. That team is still in there somewhere. (LW: 9)

USA Today

13 - They’re not running ball effectively, they’re not winning turnover battle with any regularity, and now they can’t close. Time to worry. (LW: 10)

Reddit

12 - The Eagles blew a 17-point 4th quarter lead, at home, in one of the worst meltdowns in franchise history. Next stop on the 2018 mediocrity tour is in London, where a whole new continent gets to experience questionable playcalling, pathetic defending, and mind-bendingly horrible clock management. (LW: 11)

Mile High Report

12 - Who is this squad and what did you do to last year’s team? I haven’t seen a team go from Super Bowl Champs to chumps this quickly since, well, the Broncos did it. But in Denver’s defense, they lost their QB to retirement. What’s the Eagles’ excuse? (LW: 9)

numberFire

12 - No explanation (LW: 13)

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Analysis

The rankings range from as high as 9 to as low as 17. The most common ranking is 12. The average ranking is 11.5, which is down only about two spots from last week’s average of 9.6.

I’m a little surprised the Eagles aren’t ranked lower after blowing their game against the Panthers. The Eagles can stabilize their ranking with a win over a bad Jacksonville team. Losing to the Jaguars would really sink the Eagles in these rankings moving forward.