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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts to fans as he leaves the field after a 23-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 08, 2023 in Inglewood, California.

All season, we have been asking for the Eagles to have a complete game. One where the passing game, run game, and defense all work at the same time. They came close in week 3 vs the Bucs, but there were still some concerning signs from the passing attack in that one. But finally, in week 5, the Eagles hit on all cylinders. Yes, you would like them to do better in the Red Zone. But they had over 300 passing yards, over 100 rushing yards, and held the Rams to under 300 total yards. And it came against perhaps their best opponent yet in the Rams. Now they head into week 6 undefeated, with a game against the Jets up next.

They are slowly starting to look like the team we saw last season. And the emergence of Bradley Roby, who came into the game in the 2nd half, could make a big difference for the Eagles. Roby and Eli Ricks helped shut down the Rams’ passing attack in the second half after Mario Goodrich got burned pretty badly in the first half.

So now they are 5-0, and only just starting to play their best football. It is now two straight weeks with over 300 passing yards for Jalen Hurts. 3 straight weeks with over 100 yards for AJ Brown. And the defense has held the other team under 300 yards and 20 points in 2 of the last 3 weeks, with a bad game vs the Commanders stuck in the middle.

So is this improved play getting the Eagles more praise from the National Media? Or are they still too obsessed with the early-season darlings to notice the Eagles getting better?

As we do every week, let’s run through where the Eagles fell in all of the Power Rankings heading into week 6 to see how the National Media feels about the Eagles right now:

  • ESPN- 2 – (Previously 2)

    “Working alongside A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, a steady stream of targets can be hard to come by, but Sunday’s performance reinforced that Goedert is a playmaker who should be utilized, particularly in the red zone.”

    Goedert’s breakout in game 5 was one of the biggest takeaways from the win. But now it was Devonta Smith being left out. As long as they keep putting up big stats as a team it shouldn’t matter much if one guy has a quiet game. But it would be nice to finally see Goedert, Smith, and AJ Brown all have good games at the same time.

    Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter: "A 🎯 to Dallas to get things started #PHIvsLAR | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/dVvRcDFGV6 / Twitter"

    A 🎯 to Dallas to get things started #PHIvsLAR | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/dVvRcDFGV6

    ESPN’s Power Rankings

  • NFL Network- 2 (Previously 4)

    “You can rue the lack of red-zone execution or whatever issue du jour might come up on any game day if you want. When Nick Sirianni has proven he’ll take almost any worthy chance presented to him, it can compensate for a lot. What kind of a team takes the ball 32 seconds before halftime at its own 25-yard line expecting to score — and then does, on a “Brotherly shove,” as the game clock expires?”

    That 32-second drive was the most impressive thing they did all year. Yes, it needed a couple of penalties to happen. But the Eagles’ aggressiveness is why they got those penalties. And the bold decision to do a Tush Push instead of taking the gimme field goal is why they got 7 and not 3. That drive is why there should be no concerns that this is still one of the best offenses in the league.

    NFL Network’s Power Rankings

  • The Athletic- 2 (Previously 2)

    “Defensive lineman Jalen Carter, the No. 9 pick, is tied for seventh in the league with 23 QB pressures. D’Andre Swift, acquired in an offseason trade from Detroit, has 361 rushing yards in the last three weeks. Save the arguments about whether the Tush Push is a football play. Dominating the lines of scrimmage is the essence of football, and that’s what Philly is doing.”

    Thank you. For all the talk of Eagles “struggles” they still have elite play on both sides of the line. That is why they made it to the Super Bowl last year. And it is why they will still be in the mix vs any team they play this year. And that Tush Push only works as well as it does because of the O-Line. We see teams with lesser O-Lines, like the Giants, screwing it up so badly they get hurt. Yet the Eagles run it 4 times per week and you never see anyone get hurt.

    Jeff McLane on Twitter: "Aaron Donald official stat line: Zero sacks, zero QB hits, four tackles.#Eagles doubled him a ton, sometimes tripled him, while other Rams failed to take advantage. No shame in that. Great job by the O-line. / Twitter"

    Aaron Donald official stat line: Zero sacks, zero QB hits, four tackles.#Eagles doubled him a ton, sometimes tripled him, while other Rams failed to take advantage. No shame in that. Great job by the O-line.

    The Athletic’s Power Rankings

  • Pro Football Talk- 2 (Previously 2)

    “They’ve had a very easy start to the season, even if they’ve been trying to make it more difficult.”

    Weird how the Eagles get dinged for playing an “easy schedule”, but the 49ers, who have played the Giants, Cardinals, Steelers, and the same Rams team the Eagles just beat, get off the hook. Not saying the Eagles schedule has been hard. But the 49ers outside the Cowboys haven’t played anyone that tough either

    PFT’s Power Rankings

  • Sports Illustrated-2 (Previously 3)

    “I’ve decided that Jalen Hurts is the perfect mobile quarterback. You would think Anthony Richardson or Cam Newton or Josh Allen if you were to try and construct something in a laboratory, but Hurts has such a good command of his body, and his build is so much more conducive to taking strategic hits. The Eagles are like the complete, fulfilled promise of what the Ravens set out to be four years ago.”

    We finally saw Hurts dominate with his legs in week 5. I’d be lying if I said the way he ran in the first 4 games wasn’t concerning. But he had multiple big first-down conversions with his legs. And that is just one more level to this Eagles offense teams need to worry about.

    John Clark on Twitter: "Jalen Hurts looks like himself again on runs. Got a few first downs with his legs pic.twitter.com/gP3IFpFwfU / Twitter"

    Jalen Hurts looks like himself again on runs. Got a few first downs with his legs pic.twitter.com/gP3IFpFwfU

    Sports Illustrated Power Rankings

  • Bleacher Report- 2 (Previously 2)

    “The secondary has been a little shaky, but this is still essentially the same team that won the NFC in 2022. Still, the team needs to sand those rough edges—among the team’s next six opponents are the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills. Staying undefeated against that gauntlet won’t be easy.”

    The schedule does get tougher, but that is why we should not overlook the 5-0 start even if it hasn’t all been pretty. They are working out their issues, while winning, to prepare for a tough stretch. Meanwhile, many of those tough teams have had their own issues, that led to losses. The Bills’ offense just got shut down in London and are now 3-2. The Cowboys got embarrassed by the Niners and are now 3-2. Meanwhile, the Eagles had those issues, but have no losses.

    Bleacher Report’s Power Rankings

  • Yahoo Sports- 3 (Previously 3)

    “Jalen Hurts has now won 11 straight games on the road. What the Eagles do travels. That won’t change as long as No. 1 is under center.”

    In terms of winning games, Hurts is in very rare company. Only Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, and Jim McMahon have 22 wins over a 23-game stretch the way Hurts does.

    John Clark on Twitter: "Jalen Hurts as Eagles starting QB is 22-1 over his last 23 games in the regular season. He has the highest winning percentage among all NFL QBs since 2021. And he has won an Eagles record 11 straight games on the road. #winner pic.twitter.com/okuaZbLdRe / Twitter"

    Jalen Hurts as Eagles starting QB is 22-1 over his last 23 games in the regular season. He has the highest winning percentage among all NFL QBs since 2021. And he has won an Eagles record 11 straight games on the road. #winner pic.twitter.com/okuaZbLdRe

    Yahoo Sports’ Power Rankings

  • USA Today- 2 (Previously 3)

    “They’re 5-0 in successive seasons for the first time. Next up, the Jets – a team Philadelphia has never lost to in 12 previous meetings. Feels safe to slot the reigning NFC champs at 6-0 and look ahead to their Week 7 date with Miami.”

    The Jets’ defense is not to be taken lightly, but the offense outside of Breece Hall has been very bad. Luckily for the Eagles, the thing their defense does best is stop the run. They are number 1 in the league in rushing yards allowed.

    USA Today’s Power Rankings

  • Pro Football Network- 3 (Previously- 4)

    “The Eagles are a tough team to beat. Even though they have legitimate worries over the middle of their defense at safety and linebacker, they do so many things at an elite level that they’re able to overcome poor performances from different units.”

    They have a top 5 QB, D-Line, and WR Group, and the best O-line. You can beat anyone with those groups, no matter how much your linebackers and Safeties struggle. Also, there is no good case after 5 weeks to put the Chiefs above the Eagles in your Power Rankings.

    Pro Football Network’s Power Rankings

  • CBS Sports- 2 (Previously 2)

    “They won a tough road game against the Rams to remain undefeated. The defense came up big in that one as they remain the class of the NFC East.” 

    The defense stepping up was the biggest takeaway. If Bradley Roby plays as well going forward as he did in the 2nd half on Sunday, it fixes a lot of issues for the Eagles. He and Eli Ricks came in and helped shut the Rams down for the rest of that game. Pass defense has been by far their biggest issue so far this season.  

    Thomas R. Petersen on Twitter: "Bradley Roby vs Rams after being signed 5 days ago:- 5 targets- 2 catches allowed for -4 yards#Eagles pic.twitter.com/kO1FQlnn0V / Twitter"

    Bradley Roby vs Rams after being signed 5 days ago:- 5 targets- 2 catches allowed for -4 yards#Eagles pic.twitter.com/kO1FQlnn0V

    CBS Sports Power Rankings 

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