Friday, September 29, 2023

Philadelphia Eagles Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Philadelphia Eagles in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Biggest issue on offense: Passing game

The Eagles entered their Week 3 matchup against the Bucs ranked 27th in passing yards per game (162.5). Defenses have often been dropping eight players into coverage while keeping safeties back to force Jalen Hurts into mostly short passes. While Hurts has been pretty efficient, he and the coaches need to figure out how to get a talented group of skill position players into more advantageous situations. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 4

I really like how Joe Buck phrased it late in Philadelphia's victory on Monday Night Football: "The Eagles have shown a lot of what they can do, not all of it." That really summed up Philly's past two games to me: The offensive advances were clear, but even with two beefy, productive outings, better is entirely possible. The pass protection was improved against the Bucs, and A.J. Brown clearly thrived in a featured role, if there was ever a worry there. But the lack of red-zone efficiency added a new wrinkle; you'd love to see Nick Sirianni be a little more creative down there instead of having the Eagles just try to will their way into the end zone. But all in all, they're rounding into form.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

The Eagles team we saw in Tampa is the team we expected to see this season. The defense was dominant. They are back.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

They've got a Kelce (Jason) and a Pennsylvania-born Swift (D'Andre) joining forces, yet it feels like the reigning NFC champs are a bit under the radar, even at 3-0. Shake it off, boys. This could still be an — enchanted? — season once you start firing on all cylinders ... which probably won't be necessary until Week 7, when the Dolphins come to Philadelphia.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

QB confidence rating: 8

Jalen Hurts rushed for his 29th career touchdown Monday night, surpassing Cam Newton for the most rushing scores by a quarterback in their first 50 games. But Hurts' passing efficiency hasn't been as good as it was last season. In 2022, he was 10th in the league in offensive EPA per dropback (.09). Through three games this season, he's 22nd (minus-.10).

FOX -- Rank: 3

Eagles vs. Buccaneers was a battle of unbeaten teams, but we clearly saw the difference in class in that matchup. Philly still isn't firing on all cylinders offensively, and it didn't stop them from rolling over Tampa Bay. The run game and the defense looked terrifying against a roster that has plenty of talent. There will be plays in the passing game for Jalen Hurts and his receivers in the future because teams are going to have to load up to slow down this devastating rushing attack.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 2

A.J. Brown had his sideline argument with Jalen Hurts in Week 2. You knew he was going to get the ball a ton in Week 3. Brown had nine catches for 131 yards in an easy win over the Buccaneers. He has plenty more big games coming.

PFT -- Rank: 3

The Eagles should have been wearing one of those Honolulu blue ski masks when stealing D'Andre Swift from the Lions.

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