Monday, December 22, 2014

What they're saying about the Eagles

These are your same old Eagles links, but I thought I'd give the post a different title from here on out. As usual, you can get the best Eagles coverage from our Eagles section and blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, but these are other links out there you may have missed. Without further ado... Adam Schein of FoxSports.com hands out midseason grades and gives the Eagles a C+: The Eagles are primed for a major run in the second half. But even at 5-3, the grade is this low because they could've and arguably should've won all three games (Dallas, Washington and Chicago) they lost. SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles sixth in his power rankings: Todd Herremans with a touchdown catch. Brent Celek with a 100-yard receiving day. That's some wacky stuff Andy Reid did with his tight ends Sunday in Seattle. ESPN.com has the Eagles sixth in its power rankings: The Eagles' defense feasted on Seneca Wallace after a shaky start. Donovan McNabb can't afford to have another awful start. Vic Carucci of NFL.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings: After three impressive wins, a harsh dose of reality could be awaiting in the form of the Giants. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles fifth in his power rankings: Are the Eagles getting right? It looks that way. We'll know Sunday when the Giants come to town. Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports.com has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings: Everyone is starting to climb back on that Eagles' bandwagon after three straight wins. Folks, those wins came against the 49ers, Falcons (albeit improved) and Seahawks. Let's not get carried away. SI.com's King notes Donovan McNabb's performance against Seattle: Donovan McNabb just had the quietest 349-yard passing day of his career. That's what happens when you win in Seattle over an irrelevant Seahawks team. ESPN.com's Gregg Easterbrook says the Seahawks should have seen the Todd Herremans touchdown coming: From Seattle's standpoint, if Philadelphia wants to go jumbo at the goal line, why does it move Herremans out of his normal guard position and report him eligible, instead of just leaving Herremans where he is and sending in an extra blocker? The failure to suspect a trick play was sour by Seattle. SI.com's Bucky Brooks has DeSean Jackson fourth on his list of Offensive Rookie of the Year: Although the dynamic playmaker is seeing his opportunities shrink with the return of the team's starting receivers, Jackson speed and big-play ability add a different dimension to the Eagles' offense. FoxSports.com says the Eagles are a real threat again: Donovan McNabb's Eagles are a real threat again thanks to the emergence of a tight end in Andy Reid's West-Coast offense. With starter and Donovan McNabb target L.J. Smith banged up, second-year tight end Brent Celek provided the big-play safety valve that's been missing for McNabb and the Philly offense with a career day. Celek's six catches for 131 yards got the offense clicking in the Eagles' 26-7 win in Seattle. The Eagles play the first-place Giants in a huge NFC East battle next weekend. CBSSports.com's Prisco gives the Eagles a B-plus for their performance against the Seahawks: After a slow start, Donovan McNabb caught fire and chewed up the Seattle defense. The Philadelphia defense gave up a 90-yard score on Seattle's first offensive play, but that was it. They dominated. Gil Brandt of NFL.com has Jackson on his midseason all-rookie team. Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 11th in his power rankings: If I agree publicly to declare that I’ve underestimated the Eagles, how many of you will pledge to vote for the presidential candidate I support? Vinnie Iyer of the SportingNews has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings: Even with wide receivers Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown healthy again, the Eagles (5-3) must keep dynamic rookie DeSean Jackson heavily involved on offense. On top of being a fine No. 3 option, he still provides great pop on punt returns. ProFootballTalk.com has the Eagles ninth in its power rankings. USA Today has the Eagles fifth in its power rankings.

What they're saying about the Eagles

These are your same old Eagles links, but I thought I'd give the post a different title from here on out. As usual, you can get the best Eagles coverage from our Eagles section and blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, but these are other links out there you may have missed.

Without further ado...

Adam Schein of FoxSports.com hands out midseason grades and gives the Eagles a C+:

The Eagles are primed for a major run in the second half. But even at 5-3, the grade is this low because they could've and arguably should've won all three games (Dallas, Washington and Chicago) they lost.

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

Todd Herremans with a touchdown catch. Brent Celek with a 100-yard receiving day. That's some wacky stuff Andy Reid did with his tight ends Sunday in Seattle.

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

The Eagles' defense feasted on Seneca Wallace after a shaky start. Donovan McNabb can't afford to have another awful start.

Vic Carucci of NFL.com has the Eagles eighth in his power rankings:

After three impressive wins, a harsh dose of reality could be awaiting in the form of the Giants.

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

Are the Eagles getting right? It looks that way. We'll know Sunday when the Giants come to town.

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

Everyone is starting to climb back on that Eagles' bandwagon after three straight wins. Folks, those wins came against the 49ers, Falcons (albeit improved) and Seahawks. Let's not get carried away.

SI.com's
King notes Donovan McNabb's performance against Seattle:

Donovan McNabb just had the quietest 349-yard passing day of his career. That's what happens when you win in Seattle over an irrelevant Seahawks team.

ESPN.com's
Gregg Easterbrook says the Seahawks should have seen the Todd Herremans touchdown coming:

From Seattle's standpoint, if Philadelphia wants to go jumbo at the goal line, why does it move Herremans out of his normal guard position and report him eligible, instead of just leaving Herremans where he is and sending in an extra blocker? The failure to suspect a trick play was sour by Seattle.

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

Although the dynamic playmaker is seeing his opportunities shrink with the return of the team's starting receivers, Jackson speed and big-play ability add a different dimension to the Eagles' offense.

FoxSports.com
says the Eagles are a real threat again:

Donovan McNabb's Eagles are a real threat again thanks to the emergence of a tight end in Andy Reid's West-Coast offense. With starter and Donovan McNabb target L.J. Smith banged up, second-year tight end Brent Celek provided the big-play safety valve that's been missing for McNabb and the Philly offense with a career day. Celek's six catches for 131 yards got the offense clicking in the Eagles' 26-7 win in Seattle. The Eagles play the first-place Giants in a huge NFC East battle next weekend.

CBSSports.com's
Prisco gives the Eagles a B-plus for their performance against the Seahawks:

After a slow start, Donovan McNabb caught fire and chewed up the Seattle defense. The Philadelphia defense gave up a 90-yard score on Seattle's first offensive play, but that was it. They dominated.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com has Jackson on his midseason all-rookie team.

Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports has the Eagles 11th in his power rankings:

If I agree publicly to declare that I’ve underestimated the Eagles, how many of you will pledge to vote for the presidential candidate I support?

Vinnie Iyer of the SportingNews has the Eagles ninth in his power rankings:

Even with wide receivers Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown healthy again, the Eagles (5-3) must keep dynamic rookie DeSean Jackson heavily involved on offense. On top of being a fine No. 3 option, he still provides great pop on punt returns.

ProFootballTalk.com
has the Eagles ninth in its power rankings.

USA Today has the Eagles fifth in its power rankings.

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