Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles Week 8 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Philadelphia Eagles rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 22.4 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 21st (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

At 2-4-1 with a minus-33 point differential, they are in first place in the NFC East. The Eagles put together two touchdown drives late Thursday night to escape with a victory over the Giants, but the offense ranks 26th overall. The Eagles are capable of losing in any given week, but they'll be favored in their next two games against the Cowboys and Giants and could improve to .500 with a couple victories.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They didn't look great in beating the Giants, but they are in first place in the division. That's simply amazing, with the Cowboys on tap this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

They should request more Thursday night games given coach Doug Pederson is 6-0 when pitted against "Must See TV" and "Grey's Anatomy."

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Who needs to step up: DT Fletcher Cox

Carson Wentz has picked up his game, so now it's critical for the primary driver on defense to do the same. Cox has 1.5 sacks through seven games, putting him on pace for 3.5 this season -- a far cry from his 10.5-sack campaign in 2018. Cox draws plenty of double-teams and has had his share of impact plays, but big expectations come with an average salary of $17 million and the billing as one of the NFL's best defensive players. With Hassan Ridgeway lost for the season and Malik Jackson dealing with a quad injury, it's as important as ever that Cox sets the tone for a defense that's yielding 28 points per game. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 22

Beware of Post-54 Carson Wentz. If you don't destroy the monster in the first 53 minutes of game time, he will kill your season and haunt your dreams. Just ask the Giants, who let Philadelphia hang on the periphery on Thursday night, to disastrous results. Wentz's stat line over the final two drives: 5-for-7, 121 yards, two touchdowns, 153.3 passer rating. The first of those scoring drives covered 78 yards on four plays; the second, 71 yards on six. Given the Cowboys' retreat into laughingstock status, the Eagles have a wide-open path to an NFC East title and a home playoff game. Just need to find a way to win eight games ... or seven ... OK, maybe six. Yeah, probably five.

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