Mid-days With Bob Cooney: Weekdays 10am – 2pm

Mid-days With Bob Cooney: Weekdays 10am – 2pm

Mid-days With Bob Cooney: Weekdays 10am – 2pm

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 25: Head coach Nick Sirianni of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts to a play during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It had been nearly a month since the Eagles last won a Football game. The last time they got a W was November 26th. That was followed by three straight weeks of losing, often in embarrassing fashion. But on Christmas Day, they finally broke the losing streak. It wasn’t pretty, and a handful of mental mistakes nearly marred it. But they beat the Giants 33-25, and head into week 17 atop the NFC East once again.

The good news for them is that some of their rivals have also been sputtering. The Cowboys have lost two straight games. First, the Bills kicked their asses, and then the Dolphins beat them 22-20. The Lions lost to the Bears and the Packers during that same period of time. And while the 49ers had been sailing, they finally crashed when the Ravens came to town to blow them out. So despite the Eagles’ many issues, they can still claim the 2-seed if they win these final two games. And if the 49ers lose one of these games, they can take the 1 seed as well.

Still, you would not know that looking at the state of Eagles fans, or even the team itself. It feels like there is a dark cloud over that entire team. There have been leaks coming out from the locker room pointing fingers at other people. One source questioned Hurts’ ability as a leader. The team changed defensive coordinators. These are not things that happen to an 11-4 team. These are the actions of a 7-8 team.

But despite all of that, they are in a good spot. And while the defense might be lacking talent in some places on defense, their offense is talented enough to be among the NFL’s elite. This team could still be a Super Bowl team if they get their act together. Does the National Media agree with that? Let’s see what they had to say about the Eagles heading into week 17.

Here are where the Eagles fell in the week 17 power rankings:

  • ESPN- 5- (Previously 5)

    “Carter started the season on fire, racking up 3.5 sacks and 25 pressures over his first five games. Corner Darius Slay called him “Mr. Unblockable” at the height of that stretch. Carter, the ninth overall pick, has had some splash plays since — most notably, a fumble return for a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 14 — but his production overall has slowed, as he has registered one sack and one QB hit in the past six games. His playing time has dipped as well.”

    I am not too worried about Carter’s dip, yet. It is not unusual for a rookie to fall off at some point in the season. He didn’t invent the term rookie wall. And it feels like it is even more common for defensive linemen. The Eagles do need him to pick it up though. With how weak this defense is in the secondary and at linebacker, they need to get a consistent pass rush. And without him, they are not getting one.

    Jeff McLane on Twitter: "Quez Watkins: 1 snap. Nick Sirianni sent at least one message this week. The other in-game one went to Jalen Carter after his penalty and he got away with encroachment. He played a season low 33 pct of the snaps. https://t.co/VfmYBjEEYr / Twitter"

    Quez Watkins: 1 snap. Nick Sirianni sent at least one message this week. The other in-game one went to Jalen Carter after his penalty and he got away with encroachment. He played a season low 33 pct of the snaps. https://t.co/VfmYBjEEYr

    ESPN Power Rankings

  • NFL.com- 4 (Previously 5)

    “The Cowboys lost and the Eagles won, ending their three-game slide, so the bottom line is that it was a productive weekend. The division title moved closer to landing in Philadelphia, with two winnable games remaining (vs. Cardinals, at Giants). But Monday’s victory over the Giants was fairly unimpressive on the whole.”

    That is more than fair. And this is not the same as when they were getting ugly wins over the Chiefs, Dolphins, and Bills. We have yet to see this team reach their potential. And there are only two weeks left in the season. We saw what happened when they played the 49ers and Cowboys recently. And if they don’t get their act together there may be a sequel to those results in the playoffs. The sloppiness has to end. You can’t do stuff like this below play, and still win big games.

    NFL on Twitter: "What a start to the 2nd half for the Giants!📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/BBgqLquaIL / Twitter"

    What a start to the 2nd half for the Giants!📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/BBgqLquaIL

    NFL.com Power Rankings

  • The Athletic- 7 (Previously 6)

    “The Eagles haven’t been what they wanted to be on offense this season, but throwing the ball to Brown when all else fails has worked pretty well. Brown is fifth in the league in receiving yards per game (92.9). He’s been targeted at least nine times in Philadelphia’s last five games. On Monday, he got 11 targets and caught six passes for 80 yards against the Giants, and he’s under contract for three more years.”

    This offense has the talent to be elite. AJ Brown and Devonta Smith are an elite combo at WR. Goedert is a great TE. The O-line is among the best in the league. And Hurts is a top 5 QB. Why isn’t it working? Hard to tell. But the potential to turn it around is there.

    The Athletic’s Power Rankings

  • Sports Illustrated -3 (Last Week 4)

    “There are teams that get lauded for effort on a regular basis and teams who get picked apart. The Jalen Hurts pick-six against the Giants on Monday would be a game-ender in the playoffs. We are in a kind of reality phase for the Eagles quarterback as well as his defense. He is capable of moving this offense against most teams, but he is something of a liability against aggressive defenses that significantly change profiles after the snap.”

    Has Jalen Hurts had a turnover problem this season? Yes. Does he need to make better choices? Yes. But you can’t look at that pick 6 in the Giants game, and blame Hurts. His receiver slipped. If Goedert stays on his feet, it is an easy completion. It goes as an interception on his stat sheet, but it was not his fault. And it is kind of embarrassing that Sports Illustrated’s writer would use that play to make some type of misguided point about Jalen Hurts. Did you even watch the game?

    Sports Illustrated’s Power Rankings

  • USA Today- 3 (Previously 3)

    “Take a collective breath, Philly fans. The NFC East leaders dominated everywhere but the scoreboard while defeating the Giants on Monday, when Jalen Hurts also set a single-season quarterback record with his 15th rushing TD. Yes, last year’s team was probably better – but this season’s squad still has a very reasonable chance to go further.”

    I think the nature of the game won’t lead to many fans relaxing. It was a blowout in every aspect but the final score. For 57 of the 60 minutes the Eagles dominated. But the several mistakes they made are what people are going to remember. Still, what we did see was this offense move at will on a team. Something we have not seen for a while. So that at least gave me some reason for hope. It also helps to see many of the teams they will face fall on their faces this past week.

    NFL on Twitter: "Hurts and Smith puts the Eagles up two scores ‼️📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/Iie4TCe9SA / Twitter"

    Hurts and Smith puts the Eagles up two scores ‼️📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/Iie4TCe9SA

    USA Today Power Rankings

  • CBS Sports- 5 (Previously 6)

    “They just don’t look right, even when they win a game like they did against the Giants. They seem to be laboring at times.”

    Yeah, they haven’t looked right pretty much all season. Maybe something clicks into place once they get into the playoffs. But at this point, they probably are who they have looked like all season long. Will that be enough? It was enough to beat the Cowboys once and beat the Chiefs, Bills, and Dolphins. So it could be. But they are not the well-oiled machine they were last season. And they have major issues defending the pass.

    NFL on Twitter: "Tyrod Taylor tossing a dime to Darius Slayton 🎯📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/Uzdw0ahxJp / Twitter"

    Tyrod Taylor tossing a dime to Darius Slayton 🎯📺: #NYGvsPHI on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/2Mgsj0ajbL pic.twitter.com/Uzdw0ahxJp

    CBS Sports Power Rankings

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