Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles Week 3 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: 23.4 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 21st (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

What we learned: It might be time to panic. The Eagles' most significant moves in the offseason came on the defensive side of the ball. They traded for Darius Slay, signed Javon Hargrave, Will Parks and Nickell Robey-Coleman and let Malcolm Jenkins walk. On Sunday, the defense looked like a group that hadn't watched a minute of Rams film and had just met each other five minutes before the game. Los Angeles used its usual staples, but the Eagles had no answers, allowing 449 yards and five touchdowns. Based on EPA per snap, it was the worst performance by a defense through the season's first two weeks. The offense wasn't much better. Through two weeks, Carson Wentz ranks last among 34 qualifying quarterbacks in EPA per play and 33rd in completion percentage above expectation. The Eagles have had a recent history of rallying late in the season, but this feels different.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

At 0-2, they have looked awful for two weeks. Is it possible to turn it around? The defense was terrible against the Rams.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Rampant issues here, but focus will intensify on struggling QB Carson Wentz, whose string of games with at least one TD pass ended at 20.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Dallas Goedert

Raise your hand if you thought Goedert would be leading the Eagles in targets (17), catches (12) and receiving yards (131) through two weeks. Yeah, me neither. His talent has long been evident, but given that he shares the field with one of the best tight ends in the league in Zach Ertz, it seemed Goedert had a pretty well-defined ceiling. Well, he looks to be breaking through it. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 22

This team needs Carson Wentz to be at his best right now -- and that has not been the case so far. You understood Wentz's struggles more in Week 1, when a fierce Washington pass rush racked up eight sacks. But on Sunday against the Rams? Wentz wasn't sacked once, yet he still threw two picks and failed to put together enough positive drives to dig Philly out of an early hole. In the third quarter, with the Eagles in position to take the lead, Wentz fired an end-zone pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, an ill-advised throw that led to a game-swinging interception by Darious Williams. Wentz needs to make better decisions than what we've seen during an 0-2 start.

+ Previous update: Philadelphia Eagles Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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