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What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

What they're saying about the Eagles

Can Michael Vick and the Eagles build on their Week 6 win over the Redskins? (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Can Michael Vick and the Eagles build on their Week 6 win over the Redskins? (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles:

SI.com's Peter King saw enough from the Eagles Sunday to put them at No. 13 in his power rankings:

I know it's ridiculous to put a 2-4 team ahead of those with much better records. But I defy anyone who watched the first half of the game at Washington to say the Eagles aren't one of the best teams in football. Of course, NFL games are two halves long.

King also named Kurt Coleman his Defensive Player of the Week:

And not just for his three important interceptions -- one when FedEx Field was rocking and the Eagles were trying to hand the game back to Washington. But for his two additional passes broken up at critical times when the Redskins were fighting to get back into the game, and his team-high seven tackles. Not bad for a guy who's been in and out of the lineup for inconsistent play.

Don Banks of SI.com writes that things are looking up for the Birds:

As bad as 2011 has been in Philadelphia, a turnaround was bound to happen sooner or later. The Eagles just hope it came soon enough to matter. A season that appeared to be in peril is not over yet. The Eagles are breathing again, and the race in the NFC East is still a four-team affair.

The Eagles are 20th in ESPN.com's power rankings. Dan Graziano explains why:

A division road win only moves you up one spot. Tough crowd, but the Eagles did little before Sunday to earn any benefit of the doubt. Watching them play, there are times when it's impossible to imagine that there are 19 teams better. But they are 2-4 and have done some really bad things to get there, so they have to work to earn their way back up the standings and in the minds of the voters. They get a week off, so they could move up next week if the teams in front of them lose. But at this point, I think everybody feels we need to see it from the Eagles before we can believe it.

Brian Billick, who called last week's Eagles game, has the Birds at No. 18 in his power rankings on FoxSports.com:

The Eagles put an end to their four-game losing streak, and it was at the hands of their defense. Sure, Redskins QB Rex Grossman's inabilities were a major benefit to the Eagles, but they were playing with a level of intensity that I hadn't seen all year. Only five percent of teams have ever made the playoffs starting a season at 1-4, but don't count the Eagles out just yet.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles at No. 21:

That was definitely a season-saver in Washington. The Eagles are far from dead -- as long Vince Young stays on the bench.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com also has the Eagles 21st:

No one, other than maybe Romo, has been ripped as much as Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. The biggest issue, his unit's inability to stop the run, finally rectified itself Sunday in D.C. Offensively, what's gotten into Andy Reid these days -- the Eagles actually rushed the ball over 50 percent of the time.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post takes a detailed look at each of Coleman's three interceptions.


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