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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Philadelphia Eagles

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Philadelphia Eagles rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Player who must step up: QB Jalen Hurts

It's not really Hurts vs. Gardner Minshew. It's Hurts vs. time. Hurts has four regular-season games left to convince the front office that instead of using their three first-round picks in April's draft to acquire a quarterback, they should use the resources to build around him. Hurts has had stretches this season when he has been among the most impactful quarterbacks in the game, but he has been inconsistent as a passer. If he can lead the Eagles to a postseason berth in coach Nick Sirianni's first year, it would make it all the more difficult for management to go in a different direction. -- Tim McManus

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

There's a reason why Gardner Minshew's postgame celebration with his father looked like a scene straight out of Friday Night Lights. With Jalen Hurts out with an ankle injury, Minshew was given one start to make an impression -- to plant the seed that he could be The Guy -- and he absolutely nailed his audition. Minshew completed his first 12 passes against the Jets and led Philly on seven consecutive scoring drives in a convincing win that led to the inevitable questions about Hurts' job security. Nick Sirianni did a nice job of deflection, but Eagles fans have now caught MinshewMania in the same way Duval County did before them. Minshew is a fun and passionate player, with the underdog charisma of Rocky Balboa. No wonder Iggles fans are head over heels.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

The Eagles would just be out of the playoffs if they started today. But they've turned their season around in a big way as they head to their bye - and they have a real chance to make a push.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Though QB2 Gardner Minshew dressed and performed like Maverick Mitchell from "Top Gun" on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni was quick to signal Monday that QB1 Jalen Hurts has not been resigned to Goose's fate.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Best-case scenario: The Eagles are like that guest at the holiday party who just won't leave, no matter how many subtle hints the hosts try to deliver (yawning, turning off the Christmas lights, putting away the spiked eggnog). And don't you know Gardner Minshew has been that guy? The best-case scenario is for Jalen Hurts to come out of the bye healthy and for the Eagles to sweep Washington and beat the Giants to set up a win-and-they're-in Week 18 game at home against Dallas. Otherwise, the Eagles can hope the Dolphins and Colts start losing so those first-round picks are higher.

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