NFC Power Rankings: Have the Eagles soared into the top 5?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 26: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates a first down during the game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

On paper, the Philadelphia Eagles had a remarkable offseason. They added true game-changers at nearly every position. From the free agency period, the team signed Haason Reddick, Kyzir White, Zach Pascal, Devon Allen, James Bradberry, Jimmy Moreland, and Jaquiski Tartt.

They didn’t stop there as they followed that by setting off fireworks during the NFL Draft. The team drafted stud defenders Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, and Kyron Johnson while also drafting the hair to Jason Kelce in Cam Jurgens.

But that’s not all.

Howie Roseman showed just how much the Eagles believe in Jalen Hurts by then trading for his best friend. A top 5 wide receiver in the league. The Eagles traded for WR A.J. Brown as the Titans failed to give the WR the contract that he was searching for. Instead, Philly did right by him by showing how invested they are when they offered him a 4-year, $100 million contract extension.

The Eagles in a nutshell won the offseason after losing greatly the last offseason. It was a turnaround that no one expected but one that every Eagles fan needed. With training camp drawing closer and closer, there’s a new question that’s hovering over the Novacare Complex now. Where do the Eagles stand against every other team in the NFC?

NFC East

In the NFC East, there is no question that the Eagles have the better overall roster in the division. They may even have the best defense as it stands right now. Dallas lost several assets like Randy Gregory and Amari Cooper which could end up haunting them as the season progresses. 

The New York Giants, well, they’re the New York Giants. They shouldn’t be overlooked because of the new regime that’s in place but they’re still a bit of a mess as of right now. As for the Commanders, even a name change couldn’t cover up the drama that’s haunting this franchise. They traded for Carson Wentz in hopes that he’ll be that guy for them but there’s just too much chaos surrounding that organization.

On paper right now, the Eagles are the best team in the NFC East which means that would land them in at least the top five of the NFC.

So, where does that leave them against the top dogs of the NFC?

NFC Hierarchy 

Peter King of NBC Sports recently came out with his NFC Power Rankings and he has the Philadelphia Eagles listed in the fourth spot. The team is right behind the Rams, Packers, and Bucs. Could the Eagles be the fourth-best team in the NFC?

The real question is who are the Eagles not better than in the NFC.  They clearly are not better than the Rams, Packers, or Bucs. Are they better than San Francisco? Quite possibly but it’s not a sure thing. That offense is as potent as any other in the league, especially with the breakout season from Deebo Samuel but now they’re having a contract dispute. Plus they have a big unknown at the QB position between Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo.

How about the Saints? Yes, the Eagles are better than them. Sure, they signed Jarvis Landry and drafted Chris Olave but they have a new head coach in Dennis Allen who is not the offensive guru that Sean Payton was. They also have a bigger unknown in Jameis Winston who can’t seem to stay on the field or even be consistent on it as well. The Eagles have also owned the Saints during the Jalen Hurts era so far.

After those two teams it starts to trickle down to the Cowboys, who we discussed earlier, and then the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings just can’t seem to get it right. Cousins has the firepower needed but has yet to do anything with it. We saw the frustration out of Justin Jefferson last season. At this point for the Vikings, the biggest question is how much longer will the Kirk Cousin’s era last?

On paper right now it looks like the Eagles should be a sure thing to win the division and possibly fall into the 4th or 5th best team in the conference. Unfortunately, as we once learned in 2011, the Super Bowl isn’t won during the offseason. It’s all about how the team responds on the field. 

Where do you think the Eagles stand in the NFC?

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