What They’re Saying About the Eagles
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
ESPN.com has the Eagles fourth in its power rankings:
Nick Foles had four turnovers last year and three in Sunday’s first half. Then again, 15-of-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns after halftime forgives a lot.
The Philadelphia Eagles put a big scare into their supporters in Week 1 of the NFL season, spotting the Jacksonville Jaguars 17 points before surging in the second half to win both the SU (straight up) and ATS (against the spread) as a big favorite at the sportsbooks. The Eagles opened as underdogs for Week 2 in one of the highlight games on the NFL schedule.
FoxSports.com moved the Eagles up to fifth in its Week 2 power rankings:
The Eagles showed grit by scoring 34 unanswered points to beat the Jaguars. Injuries to all-pro RT Evan Mathis fill-in Allen Barbre have created issues on the offensive line that were apparent immediately on Sunday. After the early 17-0 hole, the defense settled down and built on its preseason momentum.
CBSSports.com placed the Eagles eighth in its power rankings:
Nick Foles started slowly against Jacksonville, which has to be a concern. He did get it going in the second half, but he looked jumpy in the first half.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal focuses on the NFC East in his winners and losers column:
The NFC East gets ratings. It does not get wins out of the division.
Three of the saddest Week 1 performances came from the NFC East’s troubling trio: New York, Washington and Dallas. Add it all up, and the Philadelphia Eagles have to be feeling great again about their chances in the division.
NFL.com has the Eagles fourth in its power rankings:
Wasn’t sold on the Packers in the cleanup spot last week. Not completely sold on the Eagles here, either. Tough to discount 34 unanswered points, though. Hey, the first 20 minutes of “Shawshank” was slow, too.
Yahoo Sports ranks the Eagles sixth for the second consecutive week:
I thought about moving them up, but top five teams don’t let Jacksonville go up 17-0 in the first half. Little concerned about Nick Foles, at least Sunday’s first-half version.
Pro Football Talk gives the Eagles the lowest ranking of the week at 11tth:
The final score was predictable. The path for getting there surely wasn’t.
FootballPerspective‘s weekly “Game Scripts” shows the Eagles lead the week’s top comebacks:
I calculated the Game Scripts for each game in week one, and like last year, this is something I’ll be doing every week of the season.1 If you watched the early games on Sunday, you won’t be surprised to see that the Eagles — who trailed 17-0 but won 34-17 against Jacksonville — had a Game Script of -7.1, the worse of any victorious team in week one.
Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune ranks the Eagles fourth in his column:
Darren Sproles and Chip Kelly constitute a marriage made in NFL heaven.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post has the Eagles at fifth in his power rankings:
Nick Foles got off to a dreadful start against the Jaguars but he and the Eagles righted themselves in time and won going away. The best news for Philadelphia is that the rest of the NFC East looked far from threatening in Week 1.
Bob Glauber of Newsday ranks the Eagles seventh:
Nick Foles nearly equals his entire turnover total from last year in the first half against the Jags at home, but he rallies Philly in a monster second half.
Matt Cassidy is a journalism student at Temple and an intern at Birds 24/7.