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NFL Power Rankings Roundup Week 5: Eagles bounce back in a big way

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What are the “experts” saying about Philadelphia’s football team?

Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

It’s time for our weekly roundup of how various media outlets view the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL power rankings. It’s always interesting to see how the Birds stack up from an outside perspective. It’s also more enjoyable to check the standings after the Eagles turn in a big win, like they did against the Green Bay Packers last Thursday.

MMQB

5 - Iggles jump 10 spots with impressive road win over the Packers, back to where lots of people expected this teamed to be in the first place. (LW: 15)

The Big Lead

5 - The defense stepped up when it mattered against the Packers, but it remains a weakness. The offense will be dangerous when everyone is healthy, but Carson Wentz still has a few minor issues to figure out. (LW: 10)

Blogging The Boys

6 - That win in Green Bay was impressive. If they get fully healthy, watch out. (LW: 17)

NFL.com

6 - The Eagles produced a tremendous team effort on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Facing an undefeated Packers team, on the road, on a short week, with several key players still sidelined, coach Doug Pederson received huge efforts from both sides of the ball in a crucial 34-27 win. The defense stepped up with two goal-line stands in the fourth quarter, and the running game gave the offense much-needed balance on the way to 176 yards. Carson Wentz threw for just 160 yards, but he finished with three touchdowns and avoided the big mistake. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t say the same thing after his forced end-zone pass in the final minute led to the game-clinching interception by Nigel Bradham. Now 2-2, the Eagles get nine days to recover and prep before the winless Jets come to town. Order has been restored. (LW: 17)

The Athletic

6 - Last week, the Eagles were our biggest faller. And now they’re our biggest climber, up 10 spots after beating the Packers. It must be because expectations were so high for the Eagles, which made the two-game losing streak that much more confusing. Now it feels like order has been restored, for one week at least. (LW: 16)

Mile High Report

6 - Reason to root: Your brother is an Iggles fan. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ “Carson Wentz is PFF’s highest-rated QB so far in 2019.” (LW: 15)

Peter King

8 - The Eagles are scoring enough (27.5 points per game), and Carson Wentz is healthy enough. He’s not what he was in mid-2017 … yet. What would concern me is a defense allowing 26 points and 386 yards per game, a defense with three sacks in four games. I don’t mean to harp on pushing the Eagles to trade for unhappy Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but he’d really help this secondary right now, even though the pricetag probably makes GM Howie Roseman want to puke.

Sporting News

8 - The Eagles had a perfect weekend. They rose to the occasion with their two weaknesses, rushing offense and pass defense, to steal a win in Green Bay. They then sat back and watched the Cowboys lose, making the NFC East as tight as we expected it to be. (LW: 16)

USA Today

9 - Last time they rushed for 176 yards was 2017 Super Bowl season, when Philly was 13-1 when hitting century mark on ground. Keep feeding Howard and Sanders, fellas. (LW: 18)

Washington Post

9 - The triumph Thursday night at Lambeau Field kept the Eagles’ season from unraveling any further, and Sunday’s Cowboys loss was an added bonus for Philadelphia. That quickly, the Eagles are right back in the NFC East race. (LW: 18)

Chicago Tribune

9 - The Eagles were in a tough spot heading to Green Bay on a short week and facing the possibility of falling two games below .500, but coach Doug Pederson deviated from his normal pass-happy approach by rushing for 176 yards, their most in nearly two years. Former Bear Jordan Howard had 115 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns and the Eagles weathered injuries to cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox to hang on. (LW: 16)

Business Insider

9 - The Eagles escaped with a win in Green Bay thanks to a strong run game and strong run defense. But the secondary is a huge concern after Davante Adams went for 180 yards while missing much of the fourth quarter. Philly should be atop the list for Jalen Ramsey suitors. (LW: 17)

Bleacher Report

10 - The Philadelphia Eagles entered Week 4 with their backs against the proverbial wall. The team sat at 1-2 after a disappointing home loss to the Detroit Lions and couldn’t afford to fall further behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. However, the Eagles are also experienced in big games—and they showed that at Lambeau Field. Propelled by a rushing attack that gashed the Packers for 176 yards and over five yards a carry, the Eagles rallied after finding themselves in an early hole and pulled off a win that may be looked back on as a season-saver. With a home date against the reeling Jets up next, the Eagles have an excellent chance of getting above .500 and back on track. ”Philly’s secondary remains a problem,” Davenport said, “but in Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, the Eagles have a one-two punch at tailback they can use to control game tempo and time of possession. Dallas remains the best team in the division, but the gap between it and Philadelphia doesn’t look as wide as it did a week ago. (LW: 14)

ESPN

11 - Stabilize in the secondary. Hit hard by injuries at cornerback, the Eagles are yielding a league-high 324 passing yards per game. At this point, they need to seriously consider importing talent to fix the issue. Anybody know of any elite corners who would like to be traded? (LW: 15)

CBS Sports

11 - That was a big-time road victory against the Packers. It might have saved their chances to win the division. (LW: 18)

Yahoo! Sports

11 - The Eagles were looking at a three-game deficit in the NFC East had they lost at Green Bay and the Cowboys beat the Saints, and both of those results were expected. Now the Eagles are only one game back after a clutch win at Lambeau Field and Dallas’ close loss. That’s not too bad. (LW: 14)

Pride Of Detroit

11 - The Eagles came out victorious in a wild Thursday night matchup against the Packers. Carson Wentz did not have his best game but the defense came up huge as the Eagles got back to .500. The win could also help the team with tiebreakers come playoff time. (LW: 16)

NJ.com

11 - Absolutely massive road win for Carson Wentz and Co. (LW: 16)

Reddit

11 - The Eagles found a way to win on the road, including a gritty performance from a severely depleted defense. Luckily for the team, the looming Sunday match-up is against the Jets’ “offense.” That said, without a major change in secondary personnel or a dramatic amount of positional growth, the Eagles will have to continue to rely on Carson Wentz’s arm to bail them out at the end of every game. (LW: 17)

Scout

11 - They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #14 in the league. Their 1.4% chance is #11 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 16/1, 5.9%. They are projected to win 9 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 10. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the NFC. Based on the money lines, the Eagles had an expected win percentage of 59% after 4 games. At 2-2, they are short of expectations in this early part of the season. (LW: 17)

Bleeding Green Nation

12 - The Eagles became the first team in NFL history to ever beat Aaron Rodgers when the Packers quarterback was working with a 10+ point lead at home. Rodgers was previously 58-0-1 in those situations so that speaks to how impressive it was the Eagles managed to beat him. Philadelphia’s vulnerable secondary is a concern but their offense might be able to make up for some of those deficiencies if the running game can be effective and Carson Wentz continues to play at a high level. Wentz is actually PFF’s highest graded quarterback through four games this season. (LW: 18)

Detroit Free Press

12 - I still have the Eagles penciled in for a nice playoff run. (LW: 17)

Pro Football Talk

13 - The NFC East is officially back in play. (LW: 20) -

Rick Gossellin

13 - Through four weeks, only four NFL teams have not missed when kicking for points – Baltimore, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Jake Elliott of the Eagles have converted all 10 of his conversion kicks and all four of his field-goal tries. (LW: 17)

Denver Post

13 - The Eagles’ thrilling win at Green Bay last Thursday could spring-board them. So will getting to play the Jets. (LW: 14)

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ANALYSIS

The rankings range from as high as 5 to as low as 13. The most common ranking is 11. The average ranking is 9.4, which is up big from last week’s average of 16.1.

Beating the Packers in Green Bay was a very impressive win for the Eagles. The combination of their victory and other top NFC teams losing allowed the Birds to make a big jump forward in this week’s rankings.

The Eagles have an opportunity to improve their stock even further by taking care of business against a bad New York Jets team this week. The Eagles really need to get to 3-2 before embarking on a three-game road trip.