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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

The national media are not ready to write off Andy Reid and the Eagles just yet. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
The national media are not ready to write off Andy Reid and the Eagles just yet. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

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

And in case you missed it from this morning, I posted on Antrel Rolle's choice words for DeSean Jackson.

SI.com's Peter King named Vince Young one of his Offensive Players of the Week for his performance against the Giants:

First start since a year ago today, and didn't you miss that little Flipper-style delivery? He didn't win this august award because of his numbers for 60 minutes -- 23 of 36, 258 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions, a 69.0 passer rating -- but rather for his numbers on one drive in the fourth quarter. Young, with the game tied at 10, took the ball at his 20 and kept it for 18 plays and 80 yards, finishing it with an eight-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Riley Cooper. This was a game of ups and downs, starting with an interception on the fifth pass of the game. Young hung in and won.

ESPN.com has the Eagles 18th in its power rankings. Writes NFC East blogger Dan Graziano:

The Eagles are the reverse of the Giants, and tied with the Dolphins and Browns for the biggest jump up the rankings this week. They're the team that began the season ranked No. 4 -- the team about which everybody has been wondering how it was losing so much. So when the Eagles look as good as they looked in picking up a road win in the division without their quarterback and best receiver ... yeah, they move up. Honestly, I think they're better than a few of the teams right in front of them -- Denver, Tennessee and Oakland, to name three. But the record says otherwise, and the Eagles have to own that.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com bumps the Eagles up to No. 16:

It was rough, but Vince Young made the throws when he had to. Give the much-maligned defense a lot of credit: They shut down the run (17 carries, 29 yards) and other than the 47-yarder to Victor Cruz, held down Eli Manning. The Giants went five of 14 on third down. Now, can Philadelphia put together six more wins to close out the season? That's what it's going to take to be relevant come January.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Birds 17th:

Vince Young and Riley Cooper did what Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin struggled to do all season, get or hold the lead in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty at times, but they did just enough to win, and that is saying a lot for a team that has just four victories on the year. While Young was the focal point, the Eagles' defense may have played their best game of the season, and actually looked inspired hustling around and flying to the football.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the Cowboys are the favorites to win the division, but the Eagles are still in it:

Dallas must play the Giants twice, so there's a chance for Big Blue to make up ground, and it still must face a Philadelphia team that destroyed the Cowboys last month. The Giants don't have a history of closing fast, but the Eagles do ... and they're still hanging around.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com bumps the Eagles up to 15th in his power rankings:

That defense played like its season was on the line against the Giants. And Vince Young had a special drive to win it.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post does an outstanding job of explaining what happened on the Eagles' game-winning touchdown and why Riley Cooper was open.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Eagles 18th in his power rankings:

The Dream Team isn’t dead yet, but the Pats could be pulling the plug on Sunday.


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