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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 15 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

The Eagles are the top rushing team in the NFL (averaging 160 yards per game) but are third worst in passing (196 YPG), which helps explain why they're near the middle of the pack. They rank 12th in points per game (25.9) and have been solid overall since coach Nick Sirianni switched to a more ground-based attack in Week 8. The defense has been trending in the right direction, as well, benefitting from the strong play of corner Darius Slay, who has three touchdown returns (one interception, two fumbles) on the season. The Eagles have limited opponents to 17 points per game over the past four weeks, an encouraging sign as they hit the home stretch, with three of their final four games coming against Washington (20.5 PPG) and the Giants (17.8 PPG). While it's fair to rate the special teams as average, kicker Jake Elliott (22-of-24, 92% success rate) has been lights out. -- Tim McManus

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

Gardner Minshew's excellent spot start against the Jets drew national attention, but the story of the Eagles' offensive renaissance continues to trace back to a stellar running attack. Philly has rushed for at least 180 yards in four straight games, the longest such streak by an Eagles team since 1950. It's also the longest streak the NFL has seen since the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens attack of 2018. Jackson's early-career arc is obviously something the Eagles are trying to emulate with Jalen Hurts, another fast and athletic quarterback whose passing abilities could use some refinement. The Eagles' smash-mouth attack should play well in a closing stretch entirely contained within the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They should have Jalen Hurts back this week as they ready to play Washington in a big division game. PS: He is their quarterback, so let's stop the Gardner Minshew mania.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Whether or not they mount a playoff charge this year -- a distinct possibility as they close with four NFC East adversaries -- some really nice, unheralded cornerstones here, including TE Dallas Goedert, LT Jordan Mailata and DE Josh Sweat.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Worst-case scenario: Minshew Mania is fun for now, but the Eagles need to get out of this season with some clarity at quarterback -- but mostly about Jalen Hurts. The worst case here is Hurts missing more time in December, Minshew playing well enough to spark a quarterback controversy, then the Eagles missing the playoffs and entering the offseason not sure if they want to move forward with Hurts as their starter in 2022 or use one of their first-round picks on a rookie quarterback (or package their picks to make a major trade for a veteran). This is good for sports-talk radio, but bad for a franchise that needs to figure out its future.

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