Friday, November 26, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles Week 12 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: 18.4 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 17 (
  • Worst ranking: 21 (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Eagles rout Cardinals 48-20 on Nov. 27, 2008

The Eagles entered with a 5-5-1 record and with their offense in a rut, having scored 20 points total in their previous two games. It was so bad that coach Andy Reid decided to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb at halftime during a loss to the Ravens the previous week. McNabb bounced back in a big way on Thanksgiving, tossing four touchdowns, while Brian Westbrook racked up 130 total yards and four scores in a Philadelphia romp. The Eagles won four of five to close the regular season, and advanced all the way to the NFC Championship Game ... where they eventually fell to this same Cardinals team. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 17

Jalen Hurts is playing himself into the Eagles' future. The second-year quarterback accounted for three touchdowns on Sunday -- all of them on the ground -- in a 40-29 win over the Saints at the Linc. After the game, Nick Sirianni spoke glowingly of Hurts' multidimensional abilities. "Jalen is a special player who forces defenses to play different," the coach said. The victory was also one of personal significance to Sirianni, who finally has his first win at home in five tries as coach. The Eagles have turned into a great cold-weather team: They run the ball extremely well and beat up the opposition in the trenches. There's more work to be done, but they profile as a player in the NFC wild-card race.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

By winning two straight games - only a close loss to the Chargers prevents it from being four straight - the Eagles are in the thick of the division race. Jalen Hurts is playing outstanding football right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

They're now the No. 1 rushing team in NFC (153.4 yards per game) and no longer have a goose egg in win column at Lincoln Financial Field. Fortunately, their next two are in New Jersey against the lowly Giants and Jets -- golden opportunities to vault Philadelphia into wild-card position.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Best side dish: The Eagles have won three of their last four thanks to a new offensive scheme centered on Jalen Hurts' legs. But they're still going to have to pass the ball some, even if they've only averaged 20 throws in their last four games. That's where DeVonta Smith comes in. He ranks second among all rookies in receiving yards, and has 243 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games. Plus, he's a capable blocker for this offense that's now emphasizing the run.

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