Power rankings don’t mean a whole lot, but they’re fun.
And after getting into the playoffs the last two years and winning four playoff games in the last two years, the Eagles are considered to be one of the better teams in the NFL.
But how good are they?
Well, we’ve polled NFL power rankings for eight different sites. The highest ranking the Eagles got was 6 and the lowest was 10. Their average out of the eight power rankings we polled was 7.875.
Here’s a look at all of them:
What they said: The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard and selected Penn State's Miles Sanders in the second round. The talent infusion will elevate a unit that ranked 28th in rushing last season (1,570 yards) and was second from the bottom in yards per attempt.
Our take: This is ESPN’s nerdy stats-based rankings. Somehow the Bears and Falcons are ahead of them.
What they said: I am trusting Carson Wentz to play a full season. If I were not, and I were trusting Nate Sudfeld to be the 2019 Nick Foles, I sure as heck would not have the Eagles eighth. So…I get the Eagles allowing Foles to leave in free agency. It was a mensch thing to do. Foles, more than any single player, was responsible for Philly winning its first Super Bowl and writing one of the great stories in recent NFL history. And then Foles had a second ridiculous run last year, engineering a 16-15 playoff upset of the Bears in Chicago, and he got to be so beloved in the Eagles’ locker room that Chris Long built a shrine to Foles in his locker. He wanted to leave. He wanted one more shot, at 30, to have his own team, a team that wouldn’t put him in the shadow of the prospective franchise quarterback. So Foles got the golden handshake from Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman and Jeff Lurie. Good for Foles. Not so sure it’s the best thing for the Eagles — though if they’d kept him for a couple of years at legit QB money, it might have led to valuable long-termer Brandon Graham leaving in free agency; can’t sign ‘em all. The Eagles can be confident in Carson Wentz, in his health and his ability. (I would be too) But sure? No way. Wentz has been lost for the season in two straight Decembers, with a torn ACL and a fractured vertebra, and missed 13 of the Eagles’ last 24 games. He wasn’t the bold player in 2018 that he was before his ACL tear, and not just because of the 4-6 record in his last 10 starts. Maybe it’s a good thing that he stayed in the pocket more (he was more accurate, to be sure), and that probably serves him best for a long career. But the Eagles have to find the right balance of derring-do and pocket presence for Wentz, because he’s a great weapon out of the pocket.
Our take: I don’t get all the talk about Foles. He was never coming back. But King is right about Wentz. He needs to be on the field. I definitely don’t get why the 49ers are at No. 7. I get King is trying to make a gutsy pick but that’s a hard sell for me.
What they said: There's no more comfortable contingency for Carson Wentz, so it's on him to be durable and take advantage of all the bonus help the Eagles have given him. The backbone of Jim Schwartz's defense keeps this team among one of the league's most well-rounded.
Our take: The Bears, Packers and Browns are ahead of the Eagles. I don’t see any of that being true. I know the Bears had a better record than the Eagles last year, but the Eagles went to their building and won in the playoffs. And the Eagles have a better QB.
What they said: QB Carson Wentz is equipped with everything he needs to take Philly back to the top...except guarantee he can finally make it through a season unscathed.
Our take: This guy went out on a few limbs. The Vikings are at 5 and the Rams are at 7 and the Chiefs are at 8. I understand jumping off Kansas City, but the Rams should still be pretty good, right? Still, the Eagles at 6 make sense.
What they said: Carson Wentz will be back and that will amp up the offense. What will Jordan Howard bring to help him?
Our take: The Packers are way up the list at No. 2, which is too early for them. But the Eagles being behind the Rams and Saints in the NFC is fine by me.
What they said: The Eagles had a solid draft and will remain a team proficient on both sides of the ball. They’re strong along both fronts and have explosiveness in the passing game. There is, however, no Nick Foles safety net this year. Carson Wentz just has to stay healthy or the season will spiral.
Our take: The Bears, Rams and Saints are ahead of the Eagles here. I disagree on the Bears, but this isn’t bad. The Browns are at No. 6. The hype is real.
What they said: "All the Right Moves" is both the name of a middling Tom Cruise football movie from 1983 and the correct label for what the 2017 NFL champs are doing. Philadelphia hit the ground running in the first round by leapfrogging the Texans (picking at No. 23) into the 22nd overall spot to ensure they'd land Jason Peters' eventual replacement, Andre Dillard, who will eventually look out for Carson Wentz's blind side. Other draft banter: Still appreciate the trade for running back Jordan Howard, even with Doug Pederson's squad adding a quality Penn State back (Miles Sanders) in the second round (No. 53 overall). Anyone else feel like the Eagles are winning at life?
Our take: I think this is right, at least in terms of the Eagles’ being third in the NFC. This has the Bears at No. 7, which I think is only fair.
What they said: It's Carson's show now.
In each of the last two years, the Philadelphia Eagles were forced to turn to backup quarterback Nick Foles after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury. That won't be an option for the team in 2019 — Foles will be leading the Jaguars this year.
That makes Wentz's health the biggest potential concern looming over the team. It isn't the only one; with Jordan Hicks gone, the middle linebacker spot is iffy, and the trade of Michael Bennett was a blow to the defensive line.
But the Eagles added D-line help in free agency by signing tackle Malik Jackson and bringing back Vinny Curry, and two of Philly's first three draft picks (tackle Andre Dillard and wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside) were both excellent calls.
Our take: The Bears, Rams and Saints are ahead of the Eagles in this one. We’ve been through this. But it seems like that’s the biggest discrepancy: Are the Eagles or the Bears the third-best NFC team?
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