Thursday, September 14, 2023

Philadelphia Eagles Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Philadelphia Eagles in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Best debut performance: DT Jalen Carter
Week 1 stats: 6 pressures, sack

The 2023 No. 9 overall pick was a disruptive force in the middle of the Eagles' defense, tying for a team high in pressures. He sacked Mac Jones on the Patriots' final possession to help preserve the win for Philadelphia. With Javon Hargrave exiting in free agency, the Eagles needed their recent draft picks -- Carter and Jordan Davis -- to step up. So far, so good, with Davis registering a forced fumble and a half-sack of his own. -- Tim McManus -- Rank: 3

One drive and two Patriots turnovers helped the Eagles build a 16-0 lead a little over 12 minutes into Sunday's game, yet it was an absolute slog offensively from that point on. Philadelphia totaled 151 net yards and nine first downs over their next 10 possessions and ended up converting just four of their 13 third-down attempts. Despite benefitting from a few Patriots penalties, the Eagles' offense at no point resembled the group we saw become an elite unit in 2022. Perhaps the rust was expected based on the opponent, location and lack of preseason reps for the first-team offense. A quick turnaround for Thursday's game against the Vikings should reveal if these are chronic issues.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

It wasn't pretty against the Patriots, especially on offense. That will change as they play more, starting Thursday against the Vikings.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

The NFC champs broke in their new coordinators, running back by committee and some defensive alterations, and it showed in a slightly uneven performance — though no shame in winning in the rain and in Bill Belichick's backyard. Philadelphia's home opener is Thursday against Minnesota, almost exactly a year after they waxed the Vikes 24-7 at Lincoln Financial Field in prime time.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

At least six of the eight general managers who passed on Jalen Carter in the first round of the NFL Draft got texts from their owners Monday morning, right? The rookie defensive tackle had more quarterback hurries (seven) than any player in the league Sunday, and he did it on just 32 pass-rush snaps. The Eagles won despite being outgained by 131 yards.

FOX -- Rank: 4

Never apologize for an NFL win, but we can admit this game got away from the Birds. Racing out to a 16-0 lead in the blink of an eye, only to hold on for dear life isn't exactly the way you'd draw it up. But 1-0 is 1-0. On the downside, the Eagles' vaunted offensive line struggled with New England's front. On the plus side, their young defenders looked plenty capable of stepping up this season.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 2

The Eagles' backfield answer seems to be Kenneth Gainwell. While Rashaad Penny was a healthy scratch and D'Andre Swift had two touches, Gainwell was practically an every-down back. It will be interesting to see if that split continues going forward. Also, defensive tackle Jalen Carter was unbelievable in his debut (and a lot of Bears fans are already angry that Chicago passed on the chance to take Carter to trade down with the Eagles).

PFT -- Rank: 3

They need to worry about the 49ers. And the Cowboys.

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