Thursday, October 19, 2023

Philadelphia Eagles Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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 7 roundup for the Philadelphia Eagles in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Lesson learned: Injury fortunes can change quickly.

The defending NFC champions had good health through most of the 2022 season, with all 22 original starters playing in Super Bowl LVII. This season is taking on a different shape. Only one member of the starting secondary, James Bradberry, was on the field for the finish of Sunday's game against the Jets, and the offense took a massive hit when right tackle Lane Johnson exited with a right ankle injury. It's possible Philly's health will improve as the playoffs near, but it's going to be a bumpier ride. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 5

The defense really balled out, to the point that it was easy to forget the Eagles dropped the turnover battle in the loss to the Jets, 4-0. They had the ball late with the chance to seal a win, but Jalen Hurts threw his third interception of the game on what was just an awful mistake, setting up the decisive touchdown for New York. You can argue that the Eagles should have run the ball there, hanging on to a 14-12 lead inside the two-minute warning, with the Jets out of timeouts. But you can't argue Hurts made a good decision on that pick. His first INT should have been ruled a Dallas Goedert fumble, and Hurts' second INT came with pressure, as the injury that forced Lane Johnson to leave loomed large. Johnson's replacement, Jack Driscoll, became a turnstile for Jets pass rushers. Hurts did have decent moments, and A.J. Brown was terrific, but the rest of the offense stunk. DeVonta Smith's two big drops were killers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

The Eagles offense hasn't looked great all season, but it wasn't good in the loss to the Jets. Jalen Hurts just hasn't been as good as we expected.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Time to find something out about a team that largely tightroped its way to 5-0. But Philly couldn't hang in the Jets' mosh pit, and next must try and keep pace with Miami's track team. Maybe breaking out the Kelly Green for "Sunday Night Football" will have the desired effect, though.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

It's fair to point out after the Eagles' first loss of the season that they don't have a super impressive win. Jalen Hurts, who threw a critical interception late in Sunday's loss, has seven interceptions on 213 pass attempts this season. Last year, he had six interceptions on 460 pass attempts for the whole season.

On the plus side, A.J. Brown became the fifth player since 2000 to have 125-plus receiving yards in four consecutive games Sunday. His 672 receiving yards are the third most through Week 6 in the last five years in the league.

FOX -- Rank: 4

The Eagles have flirted with disaster throughout the season, but this was a different level. Some of the turnovers were due to extremely bad luck, but the backbreaker was a jaw-dropping decision from Jalen Hurts. Just not the type of clean, efficient football we expect from him. Fortunately, it sounds like Lane Johnson's ankle injury isn't serious, which should help prevent this from becoming a trend.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

It was a little odd to see the Eagles run 22 times and throw it 45 in a game they led until the final two minutes. The Jets aren't easy to run on, but they might be even better against the pass. It was just a bad day for the Eagles.

PFT -- Rank: 5

Are they truly among the NFC's elite this year?

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