NFC East power rankings: How far are NY Giants from competing?
NFC East’s #2 team: Philadelphia Eagles
Besides the San Francisco 49ers loss from Week 1, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost to two quality opponents in the red hot Cowboys and the 2x defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs…who admittedly look sluggish to start off the 2021 season.
Their signature win of the season was handing the Carolina Panthers their second straight loss of the season. It featured heroics from Jalen Hurts who, despite throwing an interception, led the team with 228 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns with his feet against a stout Carolina defense.
Hurts’ improvement over last season gives the Eagles a higher ceiling than the Washington Football team, who also has a 2-3 record through Week 5. The former Alabama and Oklahoma gunslinger has a 10:3 TD-INT ratio, which includes three rushing touchdowns on the year.
Hurts’ success on the floor has covered up for an underwhelming performance from the Philly RB room. Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell average less than 70 yards per game combined in 2021 but luckily, the mobile Hurts has more than made up for it as the only Eagle with over 50 YPG on the ground.
The middling Philly defense could be in for its biggest test of the season tomorrow taking on a red-hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that just got 411 passing yards and five touchdowns from Tom Brady in Week 5.