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Preseason Power Rankings No. 13: Philadelphia Eagles

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There were a few shaky moments in Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, but everything ended up going pretty well for the Eagles.

Nick Foles took over for Michael Vick and turned in a very strong season while LeSean McCoy rebounded from injuries in 2012 to help power one of the league’s strongest offenses. The defense wasn’t quite as successful, but they played well against the run and didn’t break down often enough to make the offensive fireworks less significant.

Kelly and the Eagles won the NFC East with a 10-6 record, making the season a good one even if it ended with a loss to the Saints in their first playoff game.

The offseason had its twists and turns, particularly the departure of leading receiver DeSean Jackson, but our panel thinks that the Eagles remain the best team in the NFC East.

Strengths.

McCoy has done everything the Eagles have ever asked him to do and he’s done it so well that it’s a bit surprising that the Eagles haven’t asked him to do more. Perhaps that’s a stretch, but there aren’t many players in McCoy’s class these days when it comes to moving the ball on the ground or through the air.

Right tackle Lane Johnson is facing a suspension to start the year, which would probably be more troubling for the Eagles if they weren’t also returning their other four starters — Left tackle Jason Peters, left guard Evan Mathis, center Jason Kelce and right guard Todd Herremans – from a last season’s strong offensive line. That continuity should allow Kelly to continue to grow the offense in his second season.

It should also give Foles a good chance of following up his strong 2013 work with more of the same. There’s plenty of debate about how good Foles might turn out to be, but he was nearly flawless running this offense last year and that experience isn’t going to hurt him in 2014.

With Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey all back for the 2014 season, the Eagles are going to be throwing a lot of multiple tight end sets at opponents this year. They exploited the mismatches those created to great effect last season and should do so again this time around.

There are questions elsewhere at cornerback, but Brandon Boykin locked down the slot last season and there’s every reason to expect more of the same.

Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton had good years at defensive end for the Eagles and both return to start on the defensive line again this this season. Vinny Curry is also back as a pass rushing option in reserve, giving the Eagles a solid group of ends.

Weaknesses.

The Eagles spent all of last season looking for more pass rush at outside linebacker to go with Trent Cole and they continued the hunt into the offseason when they drafted Marcus Smith in the first round. Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham will also be trying to make the Eagles more threatening on defense, but neither one struck much fear last season.

We mentioned cornerback issues while discussing Boykin and they started with Cary Williams last season. The veteran didn’t play particularly well last season and banking on big late-career turnarounds isn’t always the wisest course of action.

They’ll need something better from the secondary, though, because the Eagles’ run defense wasn’t nearly as bad as their pass defense last season. Some of those numbers will always look bad because of how the Eagles play on offense, but they need smaller numbers on the opposition side of the scoreboard. Ideally they’d get better pass rush and pass coverage, but they’ll need at least one.

Changes.

Jackson is gone and so is Jason Avant, leaving the Eagles with a different looking receiver group this season. Jeremy Maclin returns from a torn ACL and rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff arrived in the draft. Matthews has gotten rave reviews for his spring work, which may make any initial worries about losing Jackson hard to remember come the fall.

Another reason why Jackson’s departure may not be seriously felt is the acquisition of Darren Sproles in a trade with the Saints. Sproles is slowing down a bit, but it’s a good bet that Kelly will be able to find ways to take advantage of his skills as a runner and receiver on the deep Eagles offense.

Malcolm Jenkins signed as a free agent while Patrick Chung and Kurt Coleman departed, giving the Eagles a new look at safety. How much better the overall play will be is up in the air given Jenkins’ erratic play in New Orleans and the return of Nate Allen and Earl Wolff, but they’re trying something new.

The same is true at corner where Nolan Carroll signed to join Williams, Boykin and Bradley Fletcher. Carroll may wind up being an upgrade, but his play in Miami wasn’t good enough to guarantee that there are better days coming at cornerback.

Camp Battles.

Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez will hold an All-USC competition to back up Foles this season. Barkley did not look ready for the NFL when he was thrust into action as a rookie while Sanchez missed all of last season with a shoulder injury suffered late in a preseason game.

Graham only played a quarter of the snaps for the Eagles last year and he may not be long for the roster if he can’t show that his second year in this defense will lead to better results. Bryan Braman and Travis Long should be his primary competition on that front.

We’ve discussed cornerback and wide receiver elsewhere, but both spots are worth watching during camp to see how playing time will be doled out early in the season.

Prospects.

The Eagles won the division last year and there isn’t a team that’s clearly better than them heading into this season, so a repeat should be their goal.

Barring injuries, the biggest reason to think that the Eagles may take a step back is that Foles is unlikely to throw 27 touchdowns against two interceptions again this season. More turnovers would put more pressure on a defense that’s still finding its way and that could lead to worse results this time around.

Given how strong the offense looks, though, Foles would have to pick up some of Sanchez’s habits from the Jets to keep the Eagles from competing in the NFC East even if the defense doesn’t make any major strides this season.

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  1. lowdownmofo says: Jul 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    You forgot…
    Strengths.
    Nick Foles is skilled with a Bow Staff.

  2. crappygovernment says: Jul 16, 2014 3:06 PM

    2013 Eagles = 2012 Redskins = kings of turd division

  3. crappygovernment says: Jul 16, 2014 3:07 PM

    Why tolerate Jeff Lurie’s mediocrity if Tebow won’t be tolerated?
    Tebow has actually won more playoff games than the Dream Team since 2009.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM

    Desean Jacksom statline vs Eagles : 400 yds and 6 TDs. Eagles forever ringless.

  5. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM

    Still too low..
    All in all, the Eagles have the Best QB in the NFL.
    The Best Receiving Corp.
    The Best Running back combo.
    The best Coaching Staff.
    And the Much improved Defense!

    This season is gonna be a blowout.
    Queue the Dream Team Comments now.
    #ICWT

  6. kehav1 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:11 PM

    no way dude….they should be 10 or 11…they won a division..

  7. realnflmaster says: Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM

    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

  8. bassplucker says: Jul 16, 2014 3:14 PM

    As a fan of the team that the Eagles humiliated on national TV to the tune of 54-11 last year, I’m gonna say this ranking is too low. They are a Top-1o team when they are firing on all cylinders.

  9. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 16, 2014 3:16 PM

    Where the hell are the Ravens? Their offense is about as scary as a 3 month old baby yet they’re top-12? Please.

    As for the Eagles, this is waaay too low. They seem to have just been getting started last season under Chip Kelly. They certainly need safety help but that offense is good enough to win even the highest scoring games. Unless, of course, they are figured out like the read-option so easily was.

  10. nfl fan says: Jul 16, 2014 3:17 PM

    The Eagles have really struggled lately, it’s been 19,577 days since they won a Championship.

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:23 PM

    I think the biggest questions on this entire team clearly lie with the safety group. I got a feeling that if our current safeties don’t work out, Jaylen Watkins who played both corner and safety in college may get a look at the position somewhere down the road.

    I’m an Eagles fan, and I think one particular position that isn’t being paid enough attention to is DE. Fletcher Cox is solid, 300 LBs and quick, but Cedric Thronton hasn’t proven anything yet, and I’d venture to guess that less than 50% of Eagles fans even know who this guy is…let alone the fact he’s starting for our defense. If not a safety, than I fully expect the Eagles to be drafting a DE in the 1st round next year.

    Jordan Matthews will have a starting WR spot locked down possibly before the end of this season, but almost certainly by next season. Coaches are already pegging him as the best WR on the team even despite it being way too early to do so. The Eagles have some nice weapons to work with, and if Foles continues upon the path he paved last year than he’ll be back into the MVP conversation. Playing in this offense really inflates a QBs stats, but Foles is the real deal, and while the NFL community raised their eyebrows to him last season…I believe jaws will be dropped in Foles’ 2nd go-around this year.

  12. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:24 PM

    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

    ——————-

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

  13. kingfoles says: Jul 16, 2014 3:25 PM

    Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots, Packers, Colts, Bengals, Bears, Eagles. I say 9.

  14. brahmabullgc says: Jul 16, 2014 3:26 PM

    Sounds like a lot of NFC East jealousy on here, Eagles will be even better next year. Only good team in the NFC East.

  15. scrp2 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:27 PM

    How are the Eagles better than the Chargers?? Hello?? AFC WEST

    I think the PFT method is a “magic” chicken in a cage.

  16. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:28 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM
    Desean Jacksom statline vs Eagles : 400 yds and 6 TDs. Eagles forever ringless.

    4 16
    ————–

    Who is Jacksom?
    Jacksom of his own stuff from his house?
    Right?

    MeSean JaCKson from JaCKpot records will get his bell rung, gauranteed!!!

  17. richardmswartz says: Jul 16, 2014 3:29 PM

    Yeah, the Eagles are a little low but it’s not a ridiculous ranking either. They aren’t good enough to win a championship yet but it will be real intereting now that the players have had more than a full year on the Kelly, sports science program, if they start to play with better cardio in the upcoming season.

  18. calvinthegreat82 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:30 PM

    dcstinks says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:24 PM
    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

    ——————-

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

    ______________

    Didn’t Philly claim to have a dream team that one year and they choked like they do every year?

    Most Philly fans think they win a game and they’re going to the Superbowl. At least the Lions admit their team blows. Philly needs to wake up. Chip Kelly flops big time this year. Philly finishes 3rd or 2nd in the division.

    Lions > Eagles.

  19. s0merand0mguy says: Jul 16, 2014 3:30 PM

    Reading the same ol troll garbage as always from the haters and non-innovators. Get some new material please :)

  20. craigmaitland says: Jul 16, 2014 3:31 PM

    What a joke.. Look at some of the circus act of wins the fluke Eagles had last year.
    -Beat RG3 on his first game back
    -Beat the awful bucs
    -Beat the Raiders with Pryor at QB.
    -Beat the Scott Tolzien lead Packers.
    -Beat awful Skins again (lead by Desean again).
    -Beat the Cardinals in the worst officiated game of the season.
    -Beat the most Pass happy offense in the NFL in a snowstorm.
    -Beat Dallas with Kyle Orton.
    NOT IMPRESSED.. Fluke team. Awful defense, and either a BAD oline or a QB that although he didn’t turn the ball over took an incredible amount of Sacks.

  21. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2014 3:33 PM

    No WRs in a league that demands if you don’t have a true No. 1, you’re screwed. 13 is way too high.

    D’s will play 9 in the box and dare a 2nd yr qb to beat them with who? Mitochondria Maclin? Bigot Cooper?

    They’ll be lucky to win 5 games. Crash and burn just like Wash last year. Fans will be calling on Chip to slow down the pace to avoid breaking the record for 3 and outs in a year. Back to college big boy goes. Take your dopey billboards of Ozzy Osborne with you, ya clown.

  22. brahmabullgc says: Jul 16, 2014 3:41 PM

    A lions fan talking lmao that team is a mess

  23. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:44 PM

    calvinthegreat82 says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:30 PM
    dcstinks says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:24 PM
    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

    ——————-

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

    ______________

    Didn’t Philly claim to have a dream team that one year and they choked like they do every year?

    Most Philly fans think they win a game and they’re going to the Superbowl. At least the Lions admit their team blows. Philly needs to wake up. Chip Kelly flops big time this year. Philly finishes 3rd or 2nd in the division.

    Lions > Eagles.

    ———–
    Worry about your own team and your guys constantly getting arrested, And that AWFUL defense!

    Does Snowbowl ring a bell? 34-20?
    Eagles>Lions Proven

  24. blockedshotnyr says: Jul 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:33 PM

    No WRs in a league that demands if you don’t have a true No. 1, you’re screwed. 13 is way too high.

    D’s will play 9 in the box and dare a 2nd yr qb to beat them with who? Mitochondria Maclin? Bigot Cooper?

    They’ll be lucky to win 5 games. Crash and burn just like Wash last year. Fans will be calling on Chip to slow down the pace to avoid breaking the record for 3 and outs in a year. Back to college big boy goes. Take your dopey billboards of Ozzy Osborne with you, ya clown.

    ———————————————————-

    If only you coached in the NFL. This team would destroy any defense that put 9 in the box.

  25. nwfisch says: Jul 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    I’m a Bear fan and last I checked the Eagles absolutely spanked the Bears in week 16.

    I’m nervous to see how high the Bears are.

  26. zam0854 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    Lol NFL fan, did you count those days on your fingers? Eagles fans get lashed because of their “die-hard” attitudes towards their sports teams.

  27. udontknowjaq says: Jul 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    This spot should easily be the Ravens or Colts.. The only reason the Colts have a good record is by default The AFC south is pure trash!

  28. baddegg says: Jul 16, 2014 3:49 PM

    dcstinks says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM
    Still too low..
    All in all, the Eagles have the Best QB in the NFL.
    The Best Receiving Corp.
    The Best Running back combo.
    The best Coaching Staff.
    And the Much improved Defense!

    This season is gonna be a blowout.
    Queue the Dream Team Comments now.
    #ICWT

    ————

    At last, Logicalvoices has been outdone.

    Well done, sir. Well done.

  29. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 16, 2014 3:51 PM

    The Beagles beat one good team- the Cardinals that’s it. The rest were against RG3 off a torn ACL, the rest of the garbage NFC East, or the hapless Bucs/Lions. Very overrated team. Foles will fail now that DJax is gone.

  30. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 16, 2014 3:51 PM

    I’m a Giants fan: this is WAY too low for Philly. I think they’re just scratching the surface of their talent.

  31. arrowtoyourknee says: Jul 16, 2014 3:51 PM

    Remember when the almighty Eagles lost to the Vikings last year? Badly? I sure do… :)

  32. kuythasgout says: Jul 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    Ravens fan here – can’t believe the Ravens have made the top 12. 8-8, near-bottom ranked offense in ’13, new unknown OC, 5 arrests?

  33. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:33 PM

    No WRs in a league that demands if you don’t have a true No. 1, you’re screwed. 13 is way too high.

    D’s will play 9 in the box and dare a 2nd yr qb to beat them with who? Mitochondria Maclin? Bigot Cooper?

    They’ll be lucky to win 5 games. Crash and burn just like Wash last year. Fans will be calling on Chip to slow down the pace to avoid breaking the record for 3 and outs in a year. Back to college big boy goes. Take your dopey billboards of Ozzy Osborne with you, ya clown.

    ————-

    And Eli did what last year? Please enlighten us with your wisdom on how football is played since you have all the answers. 9 men in the box means open receivers. Duh, my 9 year old kid knows that.

    This is the guy who this Ahmad Bradshaw is a better back than Shady.. Buhhhahhhahaahaa.

  34. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:51 PM
    The Beagles beat one good team- the Cardinals that’s it. The rest were against RG3 off a torn ACL, the rest of the garbage NFC East, or the hapless Bucs/Lions. Very overrated team. Foles will fail now that DJax is gone.
    —————–

    D who??

    Please MeSean is a mess like Washington.

  35. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    dcstinks says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:24 PM
    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

    ——————-

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

    ……………………

    Yep, won a divison deciding game, at home, on a pick off of a backup QB, on a team with the worst defense in the NFL.

    Yeah, thats something to be proud of….

  36. zam0854 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:56 PM

    Haha these guys are talking “Chip is going back to college, he’s no NFL head coach”. Wasn’t that the conversation last summer too? What will the conversation be next summer?

    Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, and Chip Kelly. All of which are Pac-10 coaches, all coached top 5 rushing attacks in the NFL last season. College coaches know how to recruit and scout talent.

    Keep the comments coming. For every 100 comments, it will count as a Dallas win this season.

  37. bassslaper says: Jul 16, 2014 3:56 PM

    I definitely expected the Eagles to be higher and also ahead of my Bears. The Eagles looked unstoppable last year when they destroyed the Bears. I am in shock that the Bears are among the top 12 teams for preseason ranks on here.

    Good Luck Philly, Foles is awesome and you guys are primed for success this season.

  38. flexx91 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:56 PM

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    ___________________________________

    He said “living in the basement since 1960″. Last I checked, everyone else in that division has MULTIPLE championships. Let me say that again… Everyone else in that division has multiple championships.

    Looks like you’re the one who doesn’t have a clue.

  39. timbuttrum says: Jul 16, 2014 3:57 PM

    Overrated. Noodle arm QB. A year’s worth of tape to study. Lost best WR. Below average DB’s. Best pass rusher is aging. 8-8 if they are lucky.

  40. rrhoe says: Jul 16, 2014 3:57 PM

    One thing I know is that DC’s have had the off-season to prepare and their schedule is tougher. I watched every Eagles game last year as I do every year and I listen/argue with the fans all the time,they are passionate. With that being said the ranking is too high.

  41. don2074978 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:03 PM

    Hey the Eagles didn’t beat the Cardinals in their position on this list!!!

  42. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2014 4:05 PM

    Eagles fans and reading comprehension goes together the same as Eagles and Lombardi trophies.

    Wakey wakey….You have nobody to throw the ball to! Helloooo?

    As for Bradshaw vs. McCoy…where did I ever say that AB was better? I said AB’s numbers suffered when the Giants lost their no. 1 WR. McCoy’s numbers will suffer to. Your team lost its only outside threat.

    If YOU want to compare them, go for it. Just remember that AB is slower not because of the million foot surgeries but because the TWO shiny pieces of metal on his fingers weighs him down.

  43. phillysports1 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:05 PM

    We are the best team in the NFC EAST.

  44. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    beerbudsnbevo says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:55 PM
    dcstinks says:
    Jul 16, 2014 3:24 PM
    Filthadelphia Eagles. Choking and living in the NFC East basement since 1960.

    ——————-

    Didnt they win the Division last year?

    Get a clue.
    #ICWT
    #SaintNick

    ……………………

    Yep, won a divison deciding game, at home, on a pick off of a backup QB, on a team with the worst defense in the NFL.

    Yeah, thats something to be proud of….

    —————–

    Its a win right?And I believe it was at Dallas for the division title right? Either way there was going to be pick there, by the backup in Dallas or Tony “Pick Six” Romo. And your team did what?

  45. moeman79 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:13 PM

    1. Its a new season not last year.
    2. Pre training camp opinion rankings are just a way to kill a few weeks, relax.
    3. Less than 7 days till camp starts!

  46. thefiesty1 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:14 PM

    Since you’ve already ranked the Cowbabies, Skins and Giants this means the Eagles wins the NFC East. Not so fast my friend.

  47. ncmalko1 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    So any people ripping a team. It just reeks of stupidity in here. Yeah, #1 run game, #2 O, top 2 RB, good QB, finished the regular season 7-1. YEAH, they really suck.

  48. dallassux says: Jul 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    The trolls are boring these days.

  49. dallassux says: Jul 16, 2014 4:18 PM

    Im not sure justintuckrule even watches football….wow

  50. ace8842 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    The schedule is much harder, which is why the Eagles might not do as well. Also, Malcolm Jenkins will be better than Patrick Chung by default. Chung was beyond bad.

  51. stercuilus65 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    13 is ridicously low.

  52. armchairqb says: Jul 16, 2014 4:22 PM

    There’s no way the Eagles are in the top 50% of NFL team in 2014. No way.

  53. tomcoughlinsdiaper says: Jul 16, 2014 4:23 PM

    To discount the eagles wins again tailing teams, why don’t we create an equal playing field, and disect all teams..

    Let’s start with the giants.. How credible was there win when they beat the eagles by 8 points against Matt Barkley?

    Ah doesn’t work both ways does it. Everyone wants to hang on desean leaving.. News flash, not Kelly’s player. Not strong enough to beat press coverage, not is he team oriented enough to lay people out blocking. See the saints game, simply could not get open. With the league leading rusher, a qb who went 27 n 2, I can’t see how there are 12 better teams

  54. douchebigelow says: Jul 16, 2014 4:25 PM

    #1960

  55. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jul 16, 2014 4:26 PM

    That guy isn’t a Lions fan. He’s a Bears fan.

  56. dcstinks says: Jul 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Jul 16, 2014 4:05 PM
    Eagles fans and reading comprehension goes together the same as Eagles and Lombardi trophies.

    Wakey wakey….You have nobody to throw the ball to! Helloooo?

    As for Bradshaw vs. McCoy…where did I ever say that AB was better? I said AB’s numbers suffered when the Giants lost their no. 1 WR. McCoy’s numbers will suffer to. Your team lost its only outside threat.

    If YOU want to compare them, go for it. Just remember that AB is slower not because of the million foot surgeries but because the TWO shiny pieces of metal on his fingers weighs him down.

    —————
    Another stupid NY blowing off his mouth, better than shooting yourself in the leg I guess.

  57. cslaxcoach says: Jul 16, 2014 4:34 PM

    The NFL doesnt let “fluke” offenses dominate 2 years in a row.. remember the how the RB playing QB and running the ball 2 years ago was the phenomenom 2 years ago? what happened last year. Teams will figure out how to stop the Eagles offense, especially without Jackson.. They don’t have another WR even close to as talented as Jackson. They had a real good offensive team last year, the defense? not so good, they allowed over 100 yds a game rushing, and close to 300 yards a game passing. and even for a team who wants to run close 70 plays a game by playing fast, they allowed 170 more offensive plays against them then they had.. they had a decent draft, but they’ll need to fix the defense for sure, and they’ll need to be almost as good on offense as they were, which is almost impossible without Jackson and no replacement for him.. the QB is good, but he is by no means elite yet, we’ll see.. Jackson had 82 catches, the next guy had 47 (Cooper), and the next wr after him had 38.. can either of those guys get close to 80 this year?
    teams need to remember that just because you were much better last year than the year before, doesnt mean you automatically get better. the redskins are better, they got 2 excellent Wr’s, a good tight end and a great RB.. the defense has 2 excellent outside pass rushers, and a dynamic QB, dont count them out.. The giants have solidified the defensive back field, upgraded the LB’s and continue to be good on the D-line, The offensive line is already better than last year, they have an 80 catch WR (cruz) and two other very talented WR’s, 2 good backs, and a QB who had a crappy year last year, but has 2 super bowl MVP’s in the last 5 years.. The special teams is another HUGE issue for the giants. they now have 3 LEGIT dynamic return men who will be a HUGE help with field position.. dont count out the giants either.. Dallas? we all know they suck, Im not even gonna waste time typing about them, we can all agree on that right? LOL

  58. narfmoo12 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:38 PM

    The one fact that was missed in the article is that the Eagles went 1-4 with Vick, 9-2 with Foles. While Foles will throw more interceptions this year, the Eagles won’t have to overcome a 1-4 record from Vick.

  59. bassplucker says: Jul 16, 2014 4:43 PM

    The Ravens are NOT better than the Eagles. They’re just not.

  60. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 16, 2014 4:46 PM

    @calvinthegreat82 says:

    u serious bro?

    We signed a headcase QB that scored a 12 on the wonderlic and dumbed himself out of the league.

    to say that clown speaks for the city is absurd.
    Andy Reid is down in KC. all that nonsense flows that way.

    keep you eyes towards the tops of the NFC, that’s where we will be.

  61. drohanimal says: Jul 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    WAY. TOO. LOW.

  62. 1952vikefan says: Jul 16, 2014 4:49 PM

    the Vikings beat up on them with forms at quarterback no.he dream Peterson and a lousy coach in Frazier go figure how they were 13 and the Vikings are 27

  63. correctingerrors says: Jul 16, 2014 4:51 PM

    Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots, Packers, Saints, Colts, Cardinals, Bengals, Bears, Panthers, Eagles. 12 seems pretty close to correct.

  64. drohanimal says: Jul 16, 2014 4:52 PM

    Vikings are a joke

  65. phillysports1 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:55 PM

    1960 is a long time. Doesn’t mean we’re not going be fans anymore .. Just look at the Chicago Cubs of baseball. If we do win a Super Bowl, I wonder what everyone is going say .. That we got LUCKY ?

  66. teambolt5000 says: Jul 16, 2014 5:02 PM

    Face it, almost all NFL fans will think their particular team got hosed with their ranking. So, here’s my beef: If the Eagles are 13, then the Chargers at 16 is a mistake. The Chargers didn’t lose anybody of note; the Eagles lost Desean Jackson, and although I have a lot of respect for Sproles, he is no Jackson. The Chargers got better in all aspects, including WR and RB, but especially against the pass; this year, the Eagles are worse off against the pass and the receiving corp is not nearly as good as it was last year. The one thing the Eagles are great at, a quick and relentless forward-marching offense; the Chargers are even better with their relentless, time of possession, slow-marching offense.

  67. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2014 5:08 PM

    I hear Marky Mark is trying out for Phi again. He might be your best WR1 option even at age 60 something.

    Phi fans prove ignorance truly is bliss.

  68. hanklin89 says: Jul 16, 2014 5:08 PM

    I think anywhere between 15 and 13 is a very fair ranking for this team. Love reading all of the unfair criticism made by fans who lack all knowledge on the planet, likely because they don’t watch the Eagles, but that is their opinions, just so funny to see them doing the talking for their team when Nick Foles and Corp (minus LeSean McCoy) does their talking ONLY on the field.

    Also funny to see how before Foles took the reigns, it was Vick who helped out Shady’s YAC and then when Foles stepped in, Shady was playing just as well. Now DeSean departs from the team and now the Eagles are only going to see 8 men in the box on every play, when the Saints played that way and took DeSean out of the game until their Cornerback went down with an injury and Foles left the field up 24-23. Lets also forget to mention that Riley Cooper beat double coverage a bunch of times last season, but nobody wants to hear that.

    Finally, when NFC East rival fans claim that Foles and the Eagles were lucky to win 10 games with the schedule they have, it says a lot more about some of those NFC East rivals. Especially the Giants who also got to play against Scott Tolzien, Terrell Pryor and the Raiders gave them a hard time at home, they played against Kirk Cousins in a meaningless game in week 17, Josh Freeman (not sure if he had a concussion). Not only that, but they also got walloped by the Chiefs and the Chargers. Other than that, you have the Redskins, who had a dismal season with easy opponents (does that mean they were lucky to finish 3-13? LOL!).

    The only other team was the Cowboys who got unlucky and lost Romo for week 17. I think they had a chance if he played, but its not like they were beating the Saints at home in the wildcard round either.

  69. steves11 says: Jul 16, 2014 5:15 PM

    The ironic part of the adulation that Foles is getting is that he was almost written off after that disastrous game he had against the Cowboys early in the season. It was only after he came back from the concussion he suffered in that game that he put everything together and played like an all pro. Even at that, this will be a “prove it” year for him.

  70. realnflmaster says: Jul 16, 2014 5:17 PM

    TIL Eagle fans are as delusional as bills fans :)

  71. omeimontis says: Jul 16, 2014 5:25 PM

    The NFC East may only send one team to the playoffs.

  72. jjackwagon says: Jul 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    5 of their 6 losses last year came at the hands of teams that are now ranked lower? I get that the Eagles think they got better but every team thinks they got better. Sorry but this ranking is at least 3 positions to high.

  73. sladewillson says: Jul 16, 2014 6:03 PM

    with out vick to ruin the eagles season they should do darn good this season

  74. wiztopher says: Jul 16, 2014 7:01 PM

    Eagles should be in the top ten. No defense wants any part of this record SHATTERING offense (2nd ranked offense in the NFL) and that was YEAR ONE of Chip’s tenure. The Eagles own the most complete offense in the league even without MeSean.
    The Eagle’s defense took a bit but came on late n proved they can take the ball away and suffice. They still have holes on defense but Bill Davis did a lot with Andy’s leftovers.
    If Foles stays healthy, Eagles go 5-1 in the division at WORST. The Eagles are clearly the class of the NFC East n if you say otherwise your analytical skills are shot. They have a great chance at beating any team in the NFL.

  75. tedmurph says: Jul 16, 2014 7:13 PM

    Eagles or the Saints represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Not the 49ers or the Seahawks this yr.

  76. mineisfasterthanyours26 says: Jul 16, 2014 7:30 PM

    Whats a lombardi?
    Who knows we are eagles

  77. albanyjints says: Jul 16, 2014 7:34 PM

    Chip Kelly underestimated how much they will miss DeSean. Sometimes the talent is so good that you have to put up with idiots. The Eagles are not the threat they were.

  78. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 16, 2014 7:57 PM

    That puts the Eagles just missing the playoffs (12 teams in post season). In fact all of the NFC East teams have been below the top 12. But someone must win it and get a playoff birth. Should have at least one team from each division in the top 12. Just sayin’.

  79. largent80100 says: Jul 16, 2014 7:58 PM

    My pick to win the NFC East, but they will miss DeSean even if Maclin recovers and Jordan Matthews is capable to be a day one starter.

    If Foles inevitable “regression” (because we know he’s not gonna pull a TD:INT ratio of 13.5) is something like 32-35 TDs and 9-12 INTs they are fine, if he collapses like 2013 RG3, things will get ugly, I like Kelly’s offense and I believe than even though the other teams will catch up, he can be successful in the NFL.

    Meanwhile, they need some defense to go deep on the stacked NFC playoffs, Jenkins hasn’t played well, he is only a improvement over Patrick Chung since he was probably the worst starting safety in 2013.

    Would place them above Bears and Ravens though, I’m surprised people are so high on Chicago while Cutler hasn’t stopped to disappoint them and their defense was as terrible as the so much criticized Cowboys D. But since it’s an Eagles topic, guess it should be discussed later.

  80. 1952vikefan says: Jul 16, 2014 8:27 PM

    Wow 13 just missed the playoffs

  81. bassplucker says: Jul 16, 2014 8:42 PM

    I would have put the Bears here. And I’m a Bears fan. The Eagles are more likely to see postseason action than the Bears, although strength of division has something to do with that, too.

  82. rkoerwer says: Jul 16, 2014 9:07 PM

    I don’t think Chip underestimated the loss of Jackson at all. He wants players that buy in and if not he will find someone who will. Maclin will not be an elite #1 but combined with Matthew’s, Cooper, Ertz, both Shady and Sproles running screens and wheel routes from the backfield the passing attack will be well above average. Shady gets 1300-1800 if healthy running. If the defense is marginally better they are a good solid playoff team. If they are a lot better they are a level below elite. They were pretty healthy last year and if Foles or McCoy goes down for any length of time they are hosed. Should be a fun year at the Linc regardless!

  83. naturalnupe says: Jul 16, 2014 9:41 PM

    Everyone wants to talk about how much we will miss DeSean, but how many other “potent” offenses over the last couple of years have a speedy receiver?? That’s all DeSean brought to the table. In fact, if you look at either the top offenses or offenses that went far in the playoffs over the last couple of seasons, none of them have a receiver as fast as DeSean:
    1. Seattle
    2.Denver
    3.New England
    3.San Francisco
    4.New Orleans
    5.Green Bay
    6.Colts
    7.Arizona
    8.Houston (2012)
    9.Giants (no speedy receivers even when they won the superbowls!)
    10.Carolina

    Not in any particular order here, but name me one receiver on any of the above teams who has Jackson’s speed. Go ahead, I’ll wait…

    Lesson: There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Speed isn’t everything.

  84. chrisk61 says: Jul 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    has the alleged lane johnson suspension been verified by nfl ? i don’t think the nfl has issued a related press release yet. paul domowitch of phila daily news broke the story and other philly writers subsequently ran with it. but nfl has yet to verify it.

    isn’t that the case ? has anyone seen anything official from nfl ?

  85. pjcostello says: Jul 16, 2014 9:47 PM

    I think Josh Huff will be the key WR this year. He’s shown all the tools thus far in camp, including speed, attitude and pass-catching ability. And he knows Kelly’s system, which puts him ahead of a ‘normal’ rookie WR. No, not saying he’s T.O. Round Two, just that he’s buried on people’s depth charts for this team, and I have a feeling he will surprise a lot of people.

    I don’t see how this defense got worse, as some posters posit. They sucked last year, then got a bit stronger as the year went on — still, not a top-20 defense. But they didn’t get worse. They probably will be a little better, with better safety play and a bit more depth at corner (Nolan Carroll).

  86. ncarolinabluze says: Jul 16, 2014 9:52 PM

    Eagles will be decent, and have a great shot to win the NFCLEast. Foles was a revelation for a short streak of games, but can he be consistent? will d-coordinators figure him out? Like many teams, unpredictable.

    Looking at these rankings, we can all now agree what a crapshoot the NFL is outside of the top 5 teams.

  87. vusnu says: Jul 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    Biggest hurdles for Philly – first, the Eagles benefited from a last place schedule last year along with some good fortune vis a vis opposing injuries; this year the team has a first place schedule, including the tough NFCW. And second, the NFL has had a year to study Chip Kelly. Although Kelly also has a year under his belt to make adjustments.

    A good club with a solid program that should improve over the next several years.

  88. macneil4025 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:15 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater just looked up from studying his playbook and had a nice laugh, super bowl homeboy! Skol Vikes

  89. lennymoorerules says: Jul 16, 2014 10:44 PM

    Even with the loss of Jackson, I think that a power rating of 13 is too low for the Eagles. The probable reason is the division that they are in- the weak NFC East. Philly will be okay and should win the division.

  90. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 16, 2014 11:15 PM

    LOL at Eagles… only team in NFC East to have never won a thing..

    watch Foles in year 2.. expect significant drop

    and players will begin to tire of Chip

    Redskins will win NFC East!

  91. gomybirdsgo says: Jul 17, 2014 12:01 AM

    I really hope both teas are healthy when the eagles play the seahawks this season. That may be the most complete defense I have ever seen and the Eagles could have the complete offense this year as I think the ball distribution will be much better since Foles doesn’t have to keep Jackson quite feeding him to many balls. I hate to say it but I don’t think Jacksons problem in the playoff game was in ability to get open against press, I think he was just so beat up and tired from playing as many games as he did at his size. The guy just didn’t play every play in the last 2 games like he had all the previous games. Perhaps Mathews and Huff won’t ever be as pure talented with speed and hands like Jackson, but they don’t have to be if both of them combined can equal his production and still be duarable enough to be strong heading into the playoffs.

    My Eagles have finally created an identity for them selves for the first time since McNabb was traded. I think for the first time since 2004 they have drafted really well the last two years. They have some weaknesses. The corners are not very good, but again they don’t have to be. If they can create some turnovers and get some stops the Eagles and Coach Kelly will be glad to win 35-28 every weak.

    Its going to be a fine year. Training camp in a week WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  92. bullcharger says: Jul 17, 2014 12:21 AM

    In the spirit of you are what your record says you are, the top 12 teams should be the teams that make the playoffs. Philly should be the favorite to win the division, so they should be no worse then 12. I would also put them ahead of the likely AFC wild cards, so they should really be 10 or better.

  93. Doctor G says: Jul 17, 2014 1:22 AM

    I really get fed up with all the talk about how the loss of D Jax will hurt the Eagles…. People put too much power in that ONE player…. Philly has a TEAM… that is more important than the ONE player (and if you look at week over week with Djax his performance deteriorated over time) …. do you really think that the Eagles staff is that stupid to let Djax go if it would have hurt the team that much.. common man…. give us all a break. Only one team in the NFL is solely focused around ONE player.. and that is without a doubt Denver. If Manning goes the entire team goes…. not so with most teams including Philly…. so PLEASE lets talk about what is and not what was.

    PS: I go back to the days of Franklin Field and loved Bergy and had a love hate relationship with Carmichael who heard footsteps but made spectacular catches with no one around. Let me just love my team and stop trashing my Eagles as it serves no purpose I will NEVER go against my team even when they might lose every game in a season …. they are and always will be MY EAGLES as most Philly fans feel the same way. Born a Philly fan; Die Philly fan… no sh&t talking on my team can change my love for my Eagles. And I am sure there are fans of other teams that feel the same way.. so lets live and let live and talk FOOTBALL not trash. one more week til camp.. I am dying for real football !! Anyone else ready for some FOOTBALL??

  94. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 17, 2014 7:52 AM

    to all the Eagles fans.
    My brothers.

    We are not a powerhouse. We are not a 16-0 squad.
    We are not a clear cut divisional leader.

    we are a team with some great upside. we have an offense that is second only to the Manning machine in Denver. We have a defense that couldn’t stop a pop warner squad.

    We got lucky with any and every break we could last year, and a 10-6 season fell into our laps.
    be reasonable.
    With the new schedule and that tough divisional play, I’m seeing 9-7 for this team.
    That still may be enough to win the NFC east, but that’s in no way a powerhouse.

    Temper your expectations.

    hell, even Josh McDaniel’s looked like genius for a little bit. We all know how that worked out.

  95. jets82jets says: Jul 17, 2014 7:57 AM

    I can’t remember how many super bowls have the Eagles won? Anyone know. This ranking is about right honestly. The Eagles beat a lot of hapless teams last year and lost to most of the good teams they played. Their offense was very impressive, but they lost their leading receiver. Their defense was their biggest weakness last year and it doesn’t seem to have improved in any meaningful way. The Eagles will probably win this weak division and go 9-7. They will once again be knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by an NFC South or NFC West team.

  96. wydok says: Jul 17, 2014 8:19 AM

    The only person who ever used the word “Dream Team” in seriousness about the Eagles was the backup quarterback who can’t even get on a team now.

  97. grogseal says: Jul 17, 2014 8:22 AM

    The Panthers above the Eagles!?!?!
    No way!

  98. harryglyphics says: Jul 17, 2014 8:34 AM

    So if 12 teams make the playoffs and the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Red skins are no better than 13th, nobody wins the division?

    Perfect.

  99. kastout11 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:54 AM

    I think they will be better in their second year under Chip. I think their offense will be better, although I see Foles throwing more than 2 int’s. Their defense has to get better, they cannot get much worse, and although not many people are paying attention, their special teams play should be much improved. I see 10-11 wins and at least one playoff win. I don’t want to see another one and out in the playoffs or them to miss the playoffs entirely. They will not miss Jackson at all. He is selfish and a one-trick pony. Matthews has equivalent speed and is much taller. Their receiving core will exceed their production from last year. No super bowl, but an improving team.

  100. kane337 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:22 AM

    The Falcons are better

  101. jets82jets says: Jul 17, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Eagles will get to the playoffs, but in the first round they will face either the Saints / panthers /cardinals or the 49ers/seahawks. The cardinals are the only team the Eagles might beat. Considering the strength of the other divisions and that the Eagles will have a head to head match up with the packers, the Eagles will most likely be the 4th seed and have to face the 5th seed which will almost certainly be the 49ers. The Eagles will win the NFC East probably 10-6 based on the strength of the schedule and lose in the first round again.

  102. zeusdagod says: Jul 17, 2014 10:14 AM

    I’m sorry… you can’t convince me that the Bears out rank us in the preseason standings based off of last years performance and off season moves. I straight punished that Bears team on prime time and held all 3 of their offensive weapons in check! not only that, but in week 17 , with the division on the line against division rivals, we made the most of our opportunity while the Bears blew theirs. Bottom Line… if we’re gonna be lowerthan the Bears, I demand a SERIOUS reconsideration!

  103. wydok says: Jul 17, 2014 10:33 AM

    This seems about right, maybe a little higher. 11 or 10 maybe. Still a question on whether the offense will work without Jackson. Safety is a big concern, as is the pass rush.

  104. justintuckrule says: Jul 17, 2014 11:02 AM

    Gonna be funny watching this team look like it’s playing against 12 defenders all season long without a true WR1.

  105. zinger92 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:30 AM

    Connor Barwin a weakness? That’s a joke.

  106. gianthater says: Jul 17, 2014 6:55 PM

    Doesn’t matter where they r ranked. The most important thing for the Eagles is staying healthy. The rest will take care of itself. On offense, the Eagles r loaded. The defense was n is still somewhat of a concern, but keep in mind, it was about the half way point of last season when the Eagle defense started to jell. Remember, new coaches, new players, new system. With free agency n the draft, getting a pass rushing stud like Smith, the Eagles r very close to becoming a fearsome defensive unit. Rate them where u want, but it’s where they finish that counts. Oh yea, the giants, their not even on the radar, LOL

  107. joeknowsnada says: Jul 18, 2014 8:46 AM

    As always, Iggles have to prove they are for real. Much like the criticism of Nick Foles, as in -“do it again, we’ll say you’re the real deal,” the team, itself, has to keep on getting better and better. “13” is a decent ranking for them – too many questions, but answers will be forthcoming. BTW, don’t sleep on Bryan Braman; I fully expect that dude to one day be a cheaper, better version of Casey Matthews as a pass rusher. To wit, I think Eagles will get surprisingly good performances from depth players or draft picks, who will shore up some of the weaknesses – Najee Goode, Braman, Jaylin Watkins, Travis Long, even Chris Maragos – and do better on DEE and Special Teams this year, which should offset loss of DJAX.

  108. pmars64 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:12 PM

    I grew up outside Philly and I can’t stand the Eagles. That said, Kelly did a fantastic job last year and I fully expect the Eagles to coast to a division title particularly since you’ve got two of the worst defenses in football (Cowboys will threaten all time defensive yards allowed again) and among the worst offensive lines in your division.

    All that said, the jury is still out on Kelly as a strategist. He was out-coached in the playoffs last year by Payton and if not for the Saints injury at CB during the game, the Eagles lose by probably two TDs. Kelly has a history of blowing big games and questionable decision-making. His Oregon Ducks always seemed to lose in big moments: USC and Stanford at home in consecutive years. So, the Eagles will make the playoffs, but can Kelly match or even out-coach his counterparts? That remains to be seen.

  109. ncmalko1 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    I cant say Kelly was out coached. Philly missed two easier FGs and lost by 2.

    But I dont think you know football to well if you think Dallas has a bad OLine. They might have a top 5 OLine in the entire NFL this year.

  110. ncmalko1 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:11 PM

    What cracks me up is how we had to hear everyone tell us how mediocre and one dimensional Desean Jackson is/was for 1/2 a decade. Now that he’s gone all anyone posts is how bad we will be because that superstar Desean Jackson is gone.

    Essentially, Desean Jackson is a mediocre player if he is on the Eagles, but now that he’s gone he Philly will be terrible. Make up your mind.

  111. excessivedrinking says: Jul 18, 2014 10:03 PM

    The Eagles have won how many Super Bowls?

  112. dcstinks says: Jul 19, 2014 10:45 AM

    ncmalko1 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 7:11 PM
    What cracks me up is how we had to hear everyone tell us how mediocre and one dimensional Desean Jackson is/was for 1/2 a decade. Now that he’s gone all anyone posts is how bad we will be because that superstar Desean Jackson is gone.

    Essentially, Desean Jackson is a mediocre player if he is on the Eagles, but now that he’s gone he Philly will be terrible. Make up your mind.

    —————
    Well Said! Its funny how everyone hates the guy that was on your team saying that he is no good, and just a deep threat thats all. Now that he is gone, DJax has hurt Philly and the Washington DC team will be SB winners because of his play making abilities, NOW he is on their team! Buhaaahaa Thats funny.

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