Friday, December 26, 2014

Eagles take league's largest leap in ESPN's power rankings

The Eagles 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football impressed a lot of people, including apparently the producers of ESPN's NFL power rankings.

Eagles take league's largest leap in ESPN's power rankings

LeSean McCoy celebrates his 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy celebrates his 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles' 33-27 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football impressed a lot of people, including the producers of ESPN’s NFL power rankings it seems.

The latest edition of the power rankings was released on Tuesday morning, and it featured the Eagles taking the largest leap out of any team in the league. The Birds, who found themselves sitting at 25th overall before the regular season started, are now the NFL’s 14th-best team according to ESPN.

The Worldwide Leader was impressed with Michael Vick’s effectiveness at the read option, stating simply:

Michael Vick was an effective caretaker of the read-option Monday, running 41 zone-read rushes. Philly's 245 zone-read rush yards were the most in a game in the past five years.”

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The Eagles offense was impressive, and certainly served as one of week one’s biggest surprises.

After the Eagles, the Saints, Bears, Cowboys, Titans and Jets enjoyed the biggest jump in the rankings, each moving up five spots a piece.

Coincidentally, the Redskins suffered the biggest drop in the rankings, falling from 10th to 19th overall after surrendering 443 total yards, and looking less than stellar overall. The ‘Skins are the lowest ranked NFC East team.

Hopefully, the Eagles will rank even higher on next week’s edition after their Sunday showdown with San Diego.

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