Saturday, January 1, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles Week 17 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: 14.4 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 13 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 16 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Non-QB MVP: CB Darius Slay

The Eagles are tied with the Cowboys for most defensive touchdowns in the NFL at five. That's mostly because of Slay, who has returned two fumbles for touchdowns and also has a pick-six on the season. Slay, who was named to his fourth Pro Bowl last week, has three interceptions, nine passes defensed and five tackles for loss while holding opposing quarterbacks to a rating of 77.2 when throwing in his direction. His high level of play has boosted a defense that has yielded the second-fewest receptions of 20-plus yards in the NFL (30) -- behind only the Buffalo Bills -- and ranks ninth against the pass (215.6 yards per game). -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 15

The boo birds were out in full force as the Eagles bumbled their way through an ugly first-half performance against the Giants. Luckily for Nick Sirianni's team, its divisional rivals from New Jersey are terrible, a reality that allowed the Eagles to recover from a slow start. Jalen Hurts engineered three touchdown drives in the second half, and the Philly defense had no problem shutting down an inept New York attack fronted by overmatched first-time starter Jake Fromm and, later, eternal journeyman Mike Glennon. Hurts was a non-factor in the running game for the second straight week -- a sign his injured ankle still isn't close to 100 percent.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

Here come the Eagles. They have a real chance to be a playoff team. Win two and they are in, which would be a heck of a story.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Pretty good holiday in Philly, the Iggles moving into a projected wild-card slot and essentially locking up the first-round pick from Indianapolis that was originally a conditional second-rounder when Wentz was traded earlier this year.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Is he The Guy? Maybe. The Eagles are unlikely to finish this season with complete clarity about whether Jalen Hurts is their long-term quarterback solution. Still, Hurts has in many ways exceeded expectations, and he has the Eagles in playoff contention after Christmas. That's probably enough for the Eagles to continue to build their roster and offensive scheme around him, unless a clear upgrade (like Aaron Rodgers) somehow becomes a realistic option.

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