Eagles climb fast after crushing Vikings


NFL Power Rankings: The Eagles truly reach a new level Originally appeared NBC Sports Philadelphia

Is it much better than waiting all through Monday night football weekend just to watch the team you’re following live up to early season expectations with a Bayan win?

The Eagles fans were living the dream at Link as the Bird team stomped the Vikings to go 2-0 and establish themselves as one of the best teams in the NFC, no questions asked. Jalen Hurts was awesome. The defense woke up after a cloudy week 1 and closed an offense involving Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook and Adam Thelin.

It was a uniquely dominant performance, and on a national level, the Eagles are well respected.

Let’s look at seven different local outlets to see what they have to say about birds after a big win:

last week: 10

this week: 3

The Eagles hit the ground running. Nick Siriani’s side dominated both sides of the ball in a 24-7 win over the Vikings at bustling Lincoln Financial Stadium. Galen Hurts once again looked in the role of a rising star, throwing 333 yards while counting three complete touchdowns. He was the star side Other off the ball is cornerback Darius Sly, who will continue to intercept passes in Kirk Cousins’ nightmares over the next several evenings. The Eagles are a team without any apparent weakness at the moment – and upcoming confrontations against the leaders and Jaguar look like a recipe for more good times.”

last week: 6

this week: 3 (+3)

“QB Jalen Hurts’ Best Black Horse nomination is already fading…as he becomes an increasingly lighter horse.”

last week: 9

this week: 8 (+1)

The Eagles were smashed for 35 points in the season opener against Detroit, in part because defense coordinator Jonathan Gannon was playing with a weak defensive back at times and didn’t make Jared Goff uncomfortable in the pocket. Monday night against the Vikings, overturned the script. Gave Corners had little room for Minnesota receivers to work, making life difficult for quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw multiple interceptions and faced a number of blitzkriegs.

last week: 10

this week: 9 (+1)

“The thought has always been that if Jalen Hurts hadn’t peaked a year ago, the sky would be the limit on this list. Well, the Vikings conquering Monday night leads us to believe the Eagles might be at some late-January football game.”

last week: 6

this week: 3 (+3)

“Let’s overreact. Jalen Hurts played what would have been the best game of his young career in prime time. One week after the Lions barged his legs in the face of a heavy, blistering game plan, he did the same for the Vikings thanks to his precise passing and timing run. AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert make one of the best offensive arms in the league, and the offensive line is arguably the best in football.Suddenly, defense is part of the party too.By the EPA for every lead, the Eagles defense got a Fifth best performance of a youth season and third best in Jonathan Gannon’s young career as a defensive coordinator.

“With the second easiest schedule in the league, based on predicted pre-season winning totals, the Eagles have what looks like a realistic path to gaining an advantage in the first round and an advantage at home in the NFC.”

last week: 6

this week: 4 (+2)

“I’m obviously more confident in my Bills-Eagles Super Bowl predictions. Jalen Hurts has taken a big step and should be considered the hottest MVP on the MVP list.”

last week: 6

this week: 4 (+2)

“The Eagles enjoyed an impressive offensive start as well, led by Galen Hurts and AJ Brown. They are the clear favorites to break away with the NFC East and backing a few other things in defense means they will be a factor in the biggest final picture of the conference title chase.”

These are five of the top 5 placements, a mention of Jalen Hurts as the best number one, and a reference to round one in one of the strength rankings.

There is no more train hype eagles. It is now a noise missile ship.

He is worthy. The Eagles looked special on Monday night. Honestly, the idea that Sports Illustrated has the Eagles as the ninth-best team in the NFL feels completely disrespectful. Putting chargers, rams, and packers at the front of this team is funny at best.

But that doesn’t really matter, because the Eagles are just getting started and with their schedule over the next six weeks they can really show what this league is all about if they play up to Monday night’s level.

This can get special very quickly.

I’ll be tracking the Eagles’ average power ratings across these seven outlets throughout the season at the bottom of these posts.

Track all season

Pre-season: 12.86

post season: 12.14 (+0.72)

week 1: 7.57 (+4.57)

Week 2: 4.85 (+2.72)



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