Saturday, September 11, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 27.0 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (
  • Worst ranking: 30th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Person on the hot seat: QB Jalen Hurts

This isn't exactly fair to the 23-year-old Hurts, who is entering his second season and has shown promise as a player and leader during his brief time as the front man in Philadelphia. But the Eagles are in a transition period and have upward of three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL draft, assets they can use to acquire their QB of the future if they're not sold on Hurts. In other words, he's already facing a prove-it year. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 27

Jalen Hurts will open the season as the starter in a favorable matchup against a suspect Falcons defense, but it remains to be seen how long a leash Nick Sirianni will give the second-year quarterback. Hurts beat out Joe Flacco for the first-string job, then learned the Eagles acquired Gardner Minshew in a trade with the Jaguars as training camp came to a close. You can look at this as a smart move to improve depth in the quarterbacks room -- Minshew is better than modern-day Flacco -- but it's also another hint the Eagles might not be ready to commit to Hurts as their guy going forward.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

It's all about Jalen Hurts. If he can show he's the long-term guy, the Eagles will be much higher than this come December. The division isn't great, so that will help their chances.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Teams with so many studs in the trenches usually project to have serious postseason potential. Probably not the case here.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Why they're ranked here: There's not a lot of faith in Philadelphia as the Eagles enter this season with a new coach and a new starting quarterback. The defense was OK a year ago, but Nick Sirianni has to get the offense moving in the right direction. DeVonta Smith should help there and will be a fun rookie to watch. Defensively, Philly has some questions in the secondary.

One big question: What does Jalen Hurts do as a full-time starter for the first time? As a rookie, Hurts barely completed 50 percent of his passes and threw four interceptions in four games. But he also threw for more than 300 yards in two of the final three games and averaged 68 rushing yards in his four games as the starter.

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