Friday, October 16, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles Week 6 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: 21.0 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 19th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

I don't know what it says about the state of the franchise that their most encouraging game of the season was a 38-29 loss, but it's true. Carson Wentz played his best game, and the Eagles might have something in Travis Fulgham, who caught 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards. This team has a bunch of major issues -- both in the short term and the long term. Yet at 1-3-1 with a likely loss coming next week against the Ravens, the Eagles are still positioned to potentially win the NFC East, given how bad the Giants and Washington are and the Cowboys having to play without Prescott. Unlike Dallas, the Eagles can expect to get injured players like Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert back. They have five games remaining against division opponents, and -- I can't believe I'm typing this -- 6-9-1 could be enough to win the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Even at 1-3-1, they are far from out of the division race. They showed some fight in Pittsburgh.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

WR Travis Fulgham's breakout (10 catches, 152 yards, TD) was overshadowed by Chase Claypool's Sunday, but Philly might have something here.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Biggest weakness: Linebacker

The Eagles have the smallest amount of cap dollars ($4.3 million) committed to linebacker in the NFL, and it shows. Opposing tight ends have racked up 32 catches for 323 yards and five touchdowns through five games. Much of that damage has come with linebackers in coverage. The position is ranked low (last?) on the team's priority list when it comes to roster construction. While there is some merit to that philosophy given how often defenses are in subpackages these days, the Eagles have taken it to an extreme -- and it's hurting them. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 23

There were positives to take out of Sunday. Miles Sanders ripped off a 74-yard touchdown run in his return to his hometown ofPittsburgh. Travis Fulgham is officially a thing after a sterling 10/152/1 performance on 13 targets. But the Eagles' defense had no answers for Ben Roethlisberger or rookie Steelers wideout Chase Claypool (four TDs) in a 38-29 loss. Philadelphia showed heart in nearly rallying back from a 31-14 deficit in the second half, but there were too many mistakes, both by Carson Wentz (two more interceptions) and the defense, which had a number of ugly coverage breakdowns and a quiet day rushing the passer. Things don't get any easier this week against the 4-1 Ravens.

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