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Week 2 NFL power rankings: Plenty of movement after one game

Week 2 NFL power rankings: Plenty of movement after one game

The Eagles opened up their season with a come-from-behind 32-27 win over the Redskins in Week 1. 

Here’s an updated look at our NFC power rankings: 

1. Rams (1-0) Last week: 1

Maybe you’re not impressed by a three-point win over the Panthers, but it’s hard to go to Carolina and win and it’s a quality W over a decent Panthers team. It wasn’t a dazzling performance from Jared Goff, but the Rams were up 10 until the Panthers scored a touchdown with under two minutes left. 

2. Saints (1-0) Last week: 2

It took a last-second field goal for the Saints to take down what I think is an underrated Texans team. It wasn’t always pretty but they escaped with a win and I’m not going to hold how close it was against them. The Saints travel to face the Rams this week in a battle for No. 1. 

3. Eagles (1-0) Last week: 3

That means no movement for the Eagles. I can’t justify moving them up over the Saints after they needed a comeback to take down the Redskins at home. Heck, at least the Texans are a playoff team. Still, it was a good win and it could be a sign of things to come from a really powerful offense. Tough test coming in Atlanta. 

4. Cowboys (1-0) Last week: 6

I know they were playing the Giants, but the Cowboys put up 35 points and Dak Prescott had a spectacular performance, with 400+ yards and four touchdowns. The Cowboys even gave up the game’s first touchdown but then scored the next 21 points. They’re a good team. 

5. Seahawks (1-0) Last week: 4

A little closer than it should have been for the Seahawks against a Bengals team that shouldn’t be very good. They gave up 400 yards to Andy Dalton and sneaked out of Week 1 with a 21-20 home win. At Pittsburgh this week to face a Steelers team coming off an embarrassing Week 1 performance. 

6. Vikings (1-0) Last week: 7

A really nice win for Minnesota in Week 1 against the Falcons. They built a huge lead, then coasted to a 28-12 win. Amazingly, Kirk Cousins attempted just 10 passes, while the Vikings ran for 172 yards. Big matchup in Green Bay this week. 

7. Packers (1-0) Last week: 9

The Packers’ defense might be legit. They gave up just three points to the Bears in the opener last Thursday and have a few extra days to prepare for the Vikings. The offense didn’t get much done against the Bears, but that’s a really good group too. 

8. Bears (0-1) Last week: 5

I was skeptical about the Bears and now I think there’s real reason to worry about Mitchell Trubisky. He’s in Year 3, so we should really know what he is in 2019. If he’s not much better, the Bears might be wasting a really good defense. At least they face the Broncos this week. 

9. Panthers (0-1) Last week: 10 

They played the top-ranked Rams pretty tight, but fell just short. Christian McCafferey is the real deal. They host the Bucs tonight, so they should be able to get a win. 

10. Falcons (0-1) Last week: 8

Losing to the Vikings in a blowout wasn’t how the Falcons expected to start their season, but they’re home against the Eagles this week for what could be a statement game. 

11. 49ers (1-0) Last week: 12

I think the Bucs are really bad, so maybe take the 49ers’ 31-17 win with a grain of salt. But they still got it done. They face the Bengals this week with a chance to start off with a 2-0 record. 

12. Redskins (0-1) Last week: 11

Washington had a 17-0 lead over the Eagles and blew it. Well, in fairness, the Eagles began to play much better. But the Redskins are a mess and will start 0-2 as they play the Cowboys this week. I don’t think Jay Gruden is gonna make it to the end of the year. 

13. Lions (0-0-1) Last week: 13

I had a friend tell me before the season that the Lions were going to be better this season and for a while, I believed him. Then Detroit blew a 24-6 lead to the lowly Cardinals and tied against a first-year head coach and rookie quarterback in their first games together. Gross. 

14 .Giants (0-1) Last week: 14

Saquon Barkley is really good and Evan Engram had a great first game. But this Giants team didn’t stand a chance against the Cowboys. They host the Bills this week with an opportunity for their first win. 

15. Cardinals (0-0-1) Last week: 16 

While a tie for the Lions was a disaster, a tie for the Cardinals was a pretty good outcome after being down 18 points. 

16. Buccaneers (0-1) Last week: 15

This year is the last chance for Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay and he threw three interceptions to the 49ers. They’ll likely be 0-2 after playing tonight in Carolina.

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Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

With DeSean Jackson out for Sunday and Alshon Jeffery questionable, the Eagles on Saturday signed wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room on the 53-man roster, they placed second-year offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on injured reserve for a second consecutive year with a back injury.

This is Ward’s first time on a 53-man roster, but he’s been in camp with the Eagles the last three summers and gotten better each year.

Ward is mainly a slot receiver, so if he does get on the field on offense Nelson Agholor would be outside. 

Earlier this week, Ward spoke about how he prepares, regardless if he’s going to play or not.

“Honestly, I stay ready every week, because you never know,” he said. “Whenever my name is called, it’s called. If it’s not this week, if it’s not next week, I’m still going to prepare like I’m playing  every single week. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

Once the Eagles practiced Wednesday without adding an outside receiver it seemed like a lock that Ward would get the promotion, because he was able to practice all week and get the same reps whether he was on the 53 or the practice squad.

Without Ward, the Eagles had only three healthy receivers on the roster — Agholor, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Ward, a quarterback at Houston, first joined the Eagles in 2017 and spent the season on the practice squad. He was in camp again in 2018, then spent this past winter in the Alliance of American Football, catching 22 passes for 214 yards in eight games. When the AAF folded, he rejoined the Eagles.

Ward caught six passes for 87 yards and a 38-yard touchdown from Clayton Thorson in the preseason.

He was released with the final roster cutdown and signed to the practice squad as soon as he cleared waivers.

As for Mailata, it was really the smartest move for the Eagles, since the only alternative was releasing a player they didn’t want to release.

Depending on how he’s doing and depending also on other injuries, he would be a candidate to rejoin the 53-man roster after eight weeks on IR.

Mailata, like Ward, has never played in an NFL game.

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Nick Foles, Andre Dillard, Josh Adams in Roob's random points

Nick Foles, Andre Dillard, Josh Adams in Roob's random points

Josh Adams vs. Miles Sanders, Nick Foles’ future, Philly Special, Rodney McLeod and lots more in a must-win edition of 10 random Eagles points! 

1. We’ve spoken so much about the Eagles’ slow starts, and at this point it sure seems like it’s in their heads. They come out early in games and it looks like they’re fighting themselves. They don’t look loose or fluid or relaxed until they’re down 10-0 or 14-0. Then all of a sudden they spring to life. They’re just not the same team in the first quarter and it has to be mental. How else do you explain an NFL-worst 41 first-quarter points and an NFL-high 12 scoreless first quarters since opening day last year? They’ve led after the first quarter just FOUR TIMES in their last 18 games. They’re 4-0 in those games, 6-8 when they haven’t. Since last year began, the Eagles are the seventh-highest scoring team in football after the first quarter. Whatever’s going on, Doug Pederson has to figure it out. 

2. Josh Adams had more than twice as many yards as Miles Sanders on his first 21 career rushing attempts (107 to 53).

3. Watching that Jaguars-Titans game the other night I couldn’t help wonder what’s next for Nick Foles. Maybe he gets healthy, gets his job back later in the season and Gardner Minshew II goes back to the bench. But in three games since Foles got hurt, Minshew has completed 74 percent of his passes with 5 TDs, 1 INT and a 110.6 passer rating. No rookie in history has put up those numbers in his first three starts. He’s 23, and he’s the Jaguars’ future. If he keeps playing like this, Foles may be looking for a new home once again.

4. The Eagles are going to finish playing at 4 p.m. Sunday and get on a plane for Wisconsin about 70 hours later. Thursday night games should not exist.

5. How are the Lions going to attack the Eagles Sunday? Here’s a hint: The Eagles are third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and 30th in passing yards allowed. They’re only the third team in NFL history to allow more than 650 passing yards and fewer than 90 rushing yards through two weeks. Hmmmmm.

6. I wonder how long a leash Doug Pederson will have with Isaac Seumalo. I like the way Seumalo played throughout camp, but Sunday was a catastrophe. Without Stefen Wisniewski waiting in the wings, the options are Big V, who worked at right guard throughout camp, undrafted rookie Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor. May be time to think about moving Jason Peters to left guard with Andre Dillard at left tackle. If you want your five best linemen on the field, that would be the way to go.

7. It’s impossible not to root for Raheem Mostert, who began his career in 2015 as an undrafted rookie running back with the Eagles. He’s since been released by the Eagles, Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Jets and Bears, and once he finally got a chance to play, last year with the 49ers, he broke his arm. But he is a talent. He’s got 191 yards from scrimmage in the 49ers’ first two games this year – 11th-most by a running back in the NFL -- and his 6.7 career rushing average is highest in NFL history by a running back with at least 50 carries. In his first 30 career games Mostert had 50 yards from scrimmage on 15 touches. In the last seven, he has 460 yards on 58 touches. 

8. Out of all the guys who got hurt last year, missed time in training camp but still made it onto the field by opening day — Ronald Darby, Fletcher Cox, Rodney McLeod, Nigel Bradham and Brandon Brooks — McLeod is the only one who really looks like himself so far.

9. There is no way there are nine better plays in NFL history than the Philly Special. I’m not sure there are any.

10. The Eagles have gone a league-long 35 straight games without a 100-yard rusher:

• Their last one was LeGarrette Blount, who had 136 yards against the Chargers Week 4 of the 2017 season. 

• The 35-game streak is the Eagles’ longest without a 100-yard rusher since a 43-game stretch between Cyril Pinder’s 128 yards against the 49ers at Kezar Stadium on the final day of the 1969 season and Tom Sullivan’s 100-yard game against the Giants at Yankee Stadium in Week 2 of the 1973 season.

• They’ve gone 23 straight home games since Ryan Mathews had 109 yards against the Falcons in 2016.

• The only active player in the NFL who’s had a 100-yard game in an Eagles uniform is LeSean McCoy.

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