Saturday, November 20, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 21 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 26 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Most important remaining game: Sunday vs. Saints

The only realistic path to the playoffs is by securing a wild-card berth. Currently, the Eagles are one game back of the final slot. The Saints are one of the teams they're contending with. A win Sunday could give them an essential tiebreaker advantage over New Orleans if the teams both end up with the same record. Philly already owns the tiebreaker over the Panthers and Falcons after beating them earlier this season. They'd be positioned well for a late playoff push if they can find a way to register their first home win of the season against the Saints. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 21

If the Eagles go on to make a dash to the playoffs (not a pipe dream in the wide-open NFC Wild Card race), we might point to Darius Slay's 83-yard fumble return as the season's turning point. On the final play of the third quarter, Slay scooped up Melvin Gordon's fumble, fumbled the ball himself, then recovered and dashed nearly untouched to the end zone to silence the fans at Mile High and send Philadelphia to its fourth road victory in six tries. With a steadily improving Jalen Hurts under center, the Eagles have a chance to make some noise if their defense can continue to deliver impact plays like we saw from "Big Play Slay" on Sunday.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

They did a lot of good things winning at Denver. They got the running game going in a big way, which led to a dominant showing.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

Good luck figuring them out. Philadelphia is 4-2 on the road with an average margin of victory of three TDs, but 0-4 at Lincoln Financial Field -- though three of the defeats are by six points or fewer. But keep an eye on this team, which owns the NFC's easiest schedule the rest of the way.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Steal a player: Najee Harris, Steelers running back

The Eagles have a lot of holes to fill, but if they're going to continue to build around quarterback Jalen Hurts beyond this season (and they just might), they might as well put players around him who fit. Harris is seventh in the league in rushing yards (646) in his rookie season, and just as importantly he's already a proven pass catcher out of the backfield (44 catches, 317 yards). Hurts still is working to become a complete passer so let's give him as many easy completions as we can and a better run game.

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