Saturday, December 26, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles Week 16 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: 24.0 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 23rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Wish: A trade partner for Carson Wentz. It feels like that's where this whole thing is headed. It'd be a mistake to overreact to a couple of games with Jalen Hurts, but there's no denying the offense has looked better. The Eagles could keep both players and hold an open quarterback competition, or they could try to move Wentz. The question of what to do could come down to compensation. As we've seen in the past with guys like Sam Bradford and Nick Foles, it will only take one team to fall in love. If the Eagles get a deal they like, they can move forward with Hurts and perhaps another quarterback option.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They have to be excited about the way Jalen Hurts is playing. They might have their long-term answer, but it's a little early for that.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

If rookie QB Jalen Hurts wills Philadelphia to an unlikely division crown, fans will co-sign Carson Wentz's desire to skip town.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Most underrated star: DE Brandon Graham

He finally received a Pro Bowl bid for the first time in his standout 11-year career. With two games to play, Graham sits at seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 14 QB hits. More than just a hero of Super Bowl LII, Graham has been a constant energy source for the team over the past decade-plus -- a role that took on even more importance in a year with no fans in the stands. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 24

The comeback bid fell short against the Cardinals, but the Eagles have to be feeling great about what they've seen from Jalen Hurts so far. The rookie ended his second career start 24-for-44 passing for 338 yards with 63 rushing yards and four total touchdowns in the 33-26 loss. That's monster production from any QB, let alone one who's supposed to be taking his first tentative steps into the world of professional football. As expected, Doug Pederson announced Monday that Hurts will remain the team's starter when the Eagles meet the Cowboys in a Week 16 elimination game for both teams. If Hurts continues to produce in the season's final weeks, it could very well seal Carson Wentz's departure from the team in the offseason. Change comes fast in the NFL.

+ Previous update: Philadelphia Eagles Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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