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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Eagles’ stock takes a hit

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

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With Week 4 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

13 - The Eagles had a 93.1% win probability after going up 17-3 on Sunday. Then the defense blew the lead and Philly lost in overtime. It’s apparent the Eagles have a number of issues, with a struggling secondary being chief among them. (LW: 3)

SB Nation

9 - The Eagles are now 2-2 after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Titans. Carson Wentz actually had very similar numbers to Marcus Mariota as both quarterbacks finished with 99.4 passer ratings. Corey Davis was the difference for Tennessee as the second-year receiver grabbed nine catches for 161 yards and a score. The now 3-1 Titans are certainly looking better than expected one-quarter through the season. (LW: 4)

ESPN

6 - Rookie snaps leader: TE Dallas Goedert, 116 snaps out of 292 (39.7 percent). His 10 receptions are tied with Baltimore’s Mark Andrews for the most among rookie tight ends. The Eagles have the most receptions (46) and receiving yards (472) from tight ends this season. (LW: 3)

NFL.com

12 - The Eagles plummet in the Power Rankings following the loss to the Titans. If Philadelphia is to repeat (or even have an opportunity to try), DC Jim Schwartz must get better play -- worlds better -- from his corners. Alternatively, he must protect them more with numbers on the back end. Philly’s CBs were beaten repeatedly by a Titans air “attack” that, Sunday’s explosion aside, barely eked past the century mark the last few weeks. The Eagles’ DBs made up for it by not tackling. If Malcolm Jenkins hadn’t been playing out of his mind lately, the results could have been even worse. I have no idea what Corey Graham was doing on the fourth-and-forever that extended the Titans’ final drive. (LW: 3)

CBS Sports

13 - They just haven’t looked like the team that made the Super Bowl run last year. The offensive line needs to play better. (LW: 3)

Pro Football Talk

7 - When the Vikings return to Philly this weekend, the loser will match its total losses from 2017. (LW: 3)

Yahoo! Sports

4 - They’re a fourth-down play in overtime from being 3-1, so it’s not like the Eagles are crumbling. But it’s not a surprise that a team that went 16-3 including playoffs is experiencing some regression. The Eagles will be fine, just not the runaway train they were most of last season. (LW: 3)

Washington Post

12 - The champs are sputtering after Sunday’s OT defeat in Nashville. The return of QB Carson Wentz hasn’t gotten the Eagles out of their malaise. The rematch of the NFC title game comes this Sunday against the Vikings in Philadelphia in what was supposed to be an early-season meeting of NFC heavyweights. Instead, it could be a survival test to determine which team has the better chance to turn around its season. (LW: 3)

Bleacher Report

6 - The Philadelphia Eagles might not be hitting the panic button yet, but after losing to the Titans to fall to 2-2, the team has probably opened the box it’s in. This is a game the Eagles were expected to win. And after barely getting past a bad Colts team in Week 3, the overtime loss raises real concerns. If there was a bright side, it was the play of Carson Wentz. One week after looking rusty against the Colts, Wentz was much sharper in Nashville, throwing for 348 yards and two scores. However, the pass defense was…what’s the word I’m looking for? ”Giant ball of suck” just about covers it. Against a Titans team that came into the game averaging 162 passing yards a game, the Eagles made Marcus Mariota look like Joe Montana. Mariota burned the Eagles for 344 yards and two scores—including the game-winner to second-year pro Corey Davis. The Eagles secondary is bad right now. So bad that it’s dragging the Eagles down with it, although Gagnon thinks the issues may run deeper than just the defensive backfield. ”It’s getting harder to feel good about the Eagles,” Gagnon said, “who couldn’t use injuries as an excuse in a weird loss to an equally banged-up Titans team. They’re 2-2, but they could easily be 0-4. Cut it way too close against the Falcons and Colts, neither of whom have been very good this season, and that loss to the Bucs is looking worse as that team comes back to earth. I wonder if we’re witnessing another Super Bowl hangover.”

Pro Football Weekly

6 - Just needed one fourth-down stop on three tries in OT to win. (LW: 3)

Sporting News

10 - Carson Wentz is looking healthy, and the offense is mostly loaded. But the Eagles’ weakened defense is putting a lot of pressure on the QB early upon his return. (LW: 5)

Rotoworld

7 - Alshon Jeffery didn’t miss a beat in his return from shoulder surgery, corralling eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown while playing 65-of-78 offensive snaps in Week 4. That was Jeffery’s first 100-yard receiving game since Week 1 of 2016. Zach Ertz leads all tight ends in catches (31) and is second in yards (327) behind Oakland’s Jared Cook, though he’s still looking for his first touchdown of 2018. The Eagles haven’t won on the road yet (0-2), though luckily, they’ll be at the Link to face the Vikings this week in a rematch of last year’s NFC title game. (LW: 3)

Mile High Report

9 - Yes, I know they just lost, but I think this team is still finding their groove, and they’re 2-2 while finding it. Not too shabby. (LW: 3)

Reddit

6 - If your defense can’t get a stop on 4th and 15 in overtime, you don’t deserve to win the game. The Eagles managed to blow a 17-3 third quarter lead to a team averaging only 14 points per game. On the positive side, Carson Wentz looked more comfortable in his second week, especially with Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup. (LW: 3)

numberFire

6 - No explanation (LW: 3)


ANALYSIS

The rankings range from as high as 4 to as low as 13. The most common ranking is 6. The average ranking is 8.4, which is down more than five spots from last week’s average of 3.2.

The Eagles rightfully took a significant hit after losing to the Titans on Sunday. They’ll have a chance to bounce back this week if they can beat the Vikings. A loss to Minnesota, however, would likely send Philly spiraling out of the top 10 completely.