Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Eagles links: Power rankings, McNabb

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. In his MVP rankings, SI.com's Bucky Brooks lists Donovan McNabb as his top choice after Week 1: It wasn't his statistical output that was most impressive about his performance. It was the renewed confidence and swagger the perennial Pro Bowler displayed throughout the contest. Brooks names DeSean Jackson No. 2 for Offensive Rookie of the Year: The electrifying rookie lived up to the hype with his noteworthy performance. Jackson led the team with six receptions for 106 yards and added a dazzling 60-yard punt return in 38-3 demolishing of the Rams. ESPN.com has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings: Even though he was facing the Rams, Donovan McNabb was superb. And DeSean Jackson is making an early bid for rookie of the year. SI.com's Don Banks agrees with Pacman Jones, saying not to get carried away with the play of the Eagles' receivers against the Rams: With rookie DeSean Jackson, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett all topping 100 yards receiving against the Rams, who needs Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis in Philadelphia? The Eagles do, that's who. Don't be fooled by Sunday's showing against St. Louis. If there's a Triple A team in the NFL these days, it's Scott Linehan's Rams. SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles fifth in his power rankings: I told Andy Reid Sunday night: "Aren't you glad you listened to all of us smart guys who wrote you had to trade Donovan McNabb?'' He chuckled. Reid's not one to say "I told you so,'' though I know he thinks it. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles sixth in his power rankings: Was there any doubt Andy Reid would get this team back playing good football again? Adding DeSean Jackson to the passing game is a big help. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has McNabb as one of his Week 1 winners: He still knows how to put up big numbers against a poor defense. McNabb looked superb against St. Louis, throwing for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for the Philadelphia Eagles. It reminded us what McNabb can do when operating in the pocket without pressure. But this winner comes with a cautionary reminder: McNabb put up 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Detroit, Washington and New Orleans last season. His other 11 games? Eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. FoxSports.com has the Eagles eighth in its power rankings: Just about every good Sunday deed by the McIggles has been met with the "Rams" qualifier, and understandably so; all except one. No. 5 looks very healthy for the first time since, well, his Super Bowl season in 2004. Football Outsiders rates McNabb its top quarterback of Week 1: The Rams might have spent their last two first-round picks on defensive linemen, but McNabb could have computed these statistics in the pocket himself and still completed a 45-yard pass on most of his dropbacks. Football Outsiders also names Hank Baskett it's No. 5 wide receiver. In his weekly report card CBSSports.com's Prisco gives the Eagles an A: When the Eagles have three receivers with 100-plus yards, you know it's a good day. Donovan McNabb was outstanding with three touchdown passes. I told you about rookie receiver DeSean Jackson. Adam Schein of FoxSports.com is looking forward to Monday night: I cannot wait for Dallas and Philly this week coming up. Sure, the Rams represent the league's junior varsity. But you cannot pooh-pooh the Eagles pummeling St. Louis. Donovan McNabb (361 yards and three TDs) lived up to my lofty preseason expectations. DeSean Jackson had a wonderful debut as a receiver and returner. And don't minimize the touchdown catch from now healthy tight end L.J. Smith. He's a weapon for McNabb while Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis get healthy. USA Today has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings.

Eagles links: Power rankings, McNabb

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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.

In his MVP rankings, SI.com's Bucky Brooks lists Donovan McNabb as his top choice after Week 1:

It wasn't his statistical output that was most impressive about his performance. It was the renewed confidence and swagger the perennial Pro Bowler displayed throughout the contest.

Brooks names DeSean Jackson No. 2 for Offensive Rookie of the Year:

The electrifying rookie lived up to the hype with his noteworthy performance. Jackson led the team with six receptions for 106 yards and added a dazzling 60-yard punt return in 38-3 demolishing of the Rams.

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

Even though he was facing the Rams, Donovan McNabb was superb. And DeSean Jackson is making an early bid for rookie of the year.

SI.com's Don Banks agrees with Pacman Jones, saying not to get carried away with the play of the Eagles' receivers against the Rams:

With rookie DeSean Jackson, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett all topping 100 yards receiving against the Rams, who needs Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis in Philadelphia? The Eagles do, that's who. Don't be fooled by Sunday's showing against St. Louis. If there's a Triple A team in the NFL these days, it's Scott Linehan's Rams.

SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles fifth in his power rankings:

I told Andy Reid Sunday night: "Aren't you glad you listened to all of us smart guys who wrote you had to trade Donovan McNabb?'' He chuckled. Reid's not one to say "I told you so,'' though I know he thinks it.

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

Was there any doubt Andy Reid would get this team back playing good football again? Adding DeSean Jackson to the passing game is a big help.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has McNabb as one of his Week 1 winners:

He still knows how to put up big numbers against a poor defense. McNabb looked superb against St. Louis, throwing for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for the Philadelphia Eagles. It reminded us what McNabb can do when operating in the pocket without pressure. But this winner comes with a cautionary reminder: McNabb put up 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Detroit, Washington and New Orleans last season. His other 11 games? Eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

FoxSports.com has the Eagles eighth in its power rankings:

Just about every good Sunday deed by the McIggles has been met with the "Rams" qualifier, and understandably so; all except one. No. 5 looks very healthy for the first time since, well, his Super Bowl season in 2004.

Football Outsiders rates McNabb its top quarterback of Week 1:

The Rams might have spent their last two first-round picks on defensive linemen, but McNabb could have computed these statistics in the pocket himself and still completed a 45-yard pass on most of his dropbacks.

Football Outsiders also names Hank Baskett it's No. 5 wide receiver.

In his weekly report card CBSSports.com's Prisco gives the Eagles an A:

When the Eagles have three receivers with 100-plus yards, you know it's a good day. Donovan McNabb was outstanding with three touchdown passes. I told you about rookie receiver DeSean Jackson.

Adam Schein of FoxSports.com is looking forward to Monday night:

I cannot wait for Dallas and Philly this week coming up. Sure, the Rams represent the league's junior varsity. But you cannot pooh-pooh the Eagles pummeling St. Louis. Donovan McNabb (361 yards and three TDs) lived up to my lofty preseason expectations. DeSean Jackson had a wonderful debut as a receiver and returner. And don't minimize the touchdown catch from now healthy tight end L.J. Smith. He's a weapon for McNabb while Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis get healthy.

USA Today has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings.

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