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Eagles links: Praise for McNabb, power rankings

Every week, I will be delivering various football links that mention the Eagles from around the Internet. While philly.com's Eagles section has your best local coverage, along with blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, these will be links you may have missed. SI.com's Bucky Brooks says Donovan McNabb would get his MVP vote if the season ended today: He put on an impressive showing against the Cowboys, throwing for 281 yards and showing he is fully recovered from the injuries that plagued him. Although the Eagles came up short in the shootout, McNabb was at the top of his game for the second consecutive week. ESPN.com has the Eagles fifth in its power rankings: Valiant effort against the Cowboys by Donovan McNabb and the rest of his team. Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings: So that's the Donovan McNabb that football fans fell in love with years ago. A strong, healthy Eagles QB plus the league's top healthy multi-purpose back in Brian Westbrook (sorry L.T., get healthy) and McNabb's new wideout weapon DeSean Jackson form a lethal trio. SI.com's Peter King likes what he saw from the Eagles Monday night. He outlines three things specifically: The defense's ability to stop the run, Donovan McNabb playing as good as ever, and Brian Westbrook being the best running back in the league. Here's what he said about McNabb: When McNabb went left and juked and tried to fight his way through two Cowboys on the sideline, I thought, "This is a confident quarterback.'' I mean, no longer must McNabb be thinking in the back of his mind that he needs to stay in the pocket and show everyone he can be the ultimate pocket passer. Sometimes the situation requires you to run for 10 yards, as he did on this particular scramble, and McNabb showed he's out there doing whatever it takes to win. ESPN.com's Tuesday Morning Quarterback Gregg Easterbrook was surprised that both the Eagles and Cowboys' secondaries looked so bad Monday night: Not only could neither team stop the other's passing attack, both seemed unable, simply unable, to cover any kind of speed move deep. And note that despite all the high-priced flashy performers on both sides, the game's decisive moment was a routine handoff that was botched between Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. At the time, there were nine minutes remaining in the game. Philadelphia led 37-34, and had a first-and-10 on the Dallas 33. The ball hitting the ground on the handoff determined the game. SI.com's Brooks has DeSean Jackson second on his list for Offensive Rookie of the Year: The electrifying rookie became the second player in NFL history to have over 100 yards receiving in his first two games. Although his six catch, 110-yard performance included a major gaffe that cost him a touchdown, Jackson has given the Eagles' offense a dimension that has been lacking since T.O.'s departure. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 12th in his power rankings: Donovan McNabb is back. He has looked sharp in the first two games. The Eagles will be in that NFC East mix all season long. In his weekly grades, Prisco gives the Eagles a B-minus for their Monday night performance: This is going to be a fun team to watch. Donovan McNabb, playing without his two top receivers, had a good night. But didn't they spend all that money on Asante Samuel to improve the pass defense? What happened? USA Today has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings: Showed NFC East might send three teams to playoffs again. SI.com's King has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings. Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the NFC East is the best division in football. Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 10th in his power rankings.

Eagles links: Praise for McNabb, power rankings

Donovan McNabb earned plenty of praise from the national media despite the Eagles´ loss to the Cowboys Monday night. (Donna McWilliam / AP)
Donovan McNabb earned plenty of praise from the national media despite the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys Monday night. (Donna McWilliam / AP)

Every week, I will be delivering various football links that mention the Eagles from around the Internet. While philly.com's Eagles section has your best local coverage, along with blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, these will be links you may have missed.

SI.com's
Bucky Brooks says Donovan McNabb would get his MVP vote if the season ended today:

He put on an impressive showing against the Cowboys, throwing for 281 yards and showing he is fully recovered from the injuries that plagued him. Although the Eagles came up short in the shootout, McNabb was at the top of his game for the second consecutive week.

ESPN.com
has the Eagles fifth in its power rankings:

Valiant effort against the Cowboys by Donovan McNabb and the rest of his team.

Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

So that's the Donovan McNabb that football fans fell in love with years ago. A strong, healthy Eagles QB plus the league's top healthy multi-purpose back in Brian Westbrook (sorry L.T., get healthy) and McNabb's new wideout weapon DeSean Jackson form a lethal trio.

SI.com's
Peter King likes what he saw from the Eagles Monday night. He outlines three things specifically: The defense's ability to stop the run, Donovan McNabb playing as good as ever, and Brian Westbrook being the best running back in the league. Here's what he said about McNabb:

When McNabb went left and juked and tried to fight his way through two Cowboys on the sideline, I thought, "This is a confident quarterback.'' I mean, no longer must McNabb be thinking in the back of his mind that he needs to stay in the pocket and show everyone he can be the ultimate pocket passer. Sometimes the situation requires you to run for 10 yards, as he did on this particular scramble, and McNabb showed he's out there doing whatever it takes to win.

ESPN.com's Tuesday Morning Quarterback Gregg Easterbrook was surprised that both the Eagles and Cowboys' secondaries looked so bad Monday night:

Not only could neither team stop the other's passing attack, both seemed unable, simply unable, to cover any kind of speed move deep. And note that despite all the high-priced flashy performers on both sides, the game's decisive moment was a routine handoff that was botched between Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. At the time, there were nine minutes remaining in the game. Philadelphia led 37-34, and had a first-and-10 on the Dallas 33. The ball hitting the ground on the handoff determined the game.

SI.com's
Brooks has DeSean Jackson second on his list for Offensive Rookie of the Year:

The electrifying rookie became the second player in NFL history to have over 100 yards receiving in his first two games. Although his six catch, 110-yard performance included a major gaffe that cost him a touchdown, Jackson has given the Eagles' offense a dimension that has been lacking since T.O.'s departure.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles 12th in his power rankings:

Donovan McNabb is back. He has looked sharp in the first two games. The Eagles will be in that NFC East mix all season long.

In his weekly grades, Prisco gives the Eagles a B-minus for their Monday night performance:

This is going to be a fun team to watch. Donovan McNabb, playing without his two top receivers, had a good night. But didn't they spend all that money on Asante Samuel to improve the pass defense? What happened?

USA Today
has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings:

Showed NFC East might send three teams to playoffs again.

SI.com's
King has the Eagles seventh in his power rankings.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the NFC East is the best division in football.

Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 10th in his power rankings.

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