Eagles Player Power Rankings: Week Six edition
17 October 2016 Eagles News
The Eagles got dominated by the Washington Redskins in every aspect of that game. The Eagles need to do a lot of work this week. This terrible run of play comes at a terrible time, the schedule only gets harder from here on out. Some players outperformed others on Sunday. Some even did enough to be featured in my weekly power rankings. So, without further ado, here are this weeks Eagles player power rankings.
- Carson Wentz–(Same) – Last week he was my number one rated offensive player for the Eagles, and this week, he remains number one. Wentz was under a lot of pressure versus the Redskins. He completed just 11 of his 22 passes for 179 yards. In his defense, it is kind of hard to play quarterback when the other team is constantly pressuring you. The offensive line needs to do a better job of protecting Wentz in the future. He is the Eagles’ most important player.
- Jason Peters–(Up 1 spot) – Although he has given up five penalties for the Eagles this season, his blocking seems to be up to par. It is clear he is the Eagles best offensive lineman. You can take that as you want it. Is it concerning that the Eagles oldest lineman is their best? I think it is, to be honest. Peters had an overall good game versus the Redskins. There was not that much to complain about. However, the false starts need to stop.
- Brandon Brooks–(Down 1 spot) – Again, he is another player who has consistently played pretty well for the Eagles this season. There was not too much to complain about with him. Peters takes the second spot because this game showed how important offensive tackles are. Halapoulivaati Vaitai came in at right tackle and got exposed. As a result, Wentz was always under immense pressure. Having Peters really is a luxury.
- Jordan Matthews–(New to the rankings) – I was a little harsh on him last week. As a result, he did not make the power rankings. However, against the Redskins, he changed my mind. He hauled in three catches for 75 yards. He should have had another catch, but he could not get his feet in. It is clear that Wentz has a lot of trust in him. As of right now, he is the Eagles only reliable receiver.
- Darren Sproles–(Same) – Sproles took one for the team versus the Redskins. A lot of times you saw him blocking on Big V’s side. This was all to by Wentz a couple of extra seconds. However, Sproles was still pretty effective as a runner. Although he only saw four carries, he still managed five yards a carry.He even surpassed Barry Sanders for ninth place on the NFL’s all-time list for most all-purpose yards. He had the most snaps for any running back on offense. The Eagles were keen to leave him in the game. I think there is still a lot left for Sproles to give. The Eagles need to use him more, he is more effective than Ryan Mathews.
Players who missed out: Allen Barbre, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Ryan Mathews
- Rodney McLeod-(Same)- Firstly, McLeod is a tackling machine. Again, he led the Eagles in tackles with 13. Last week, I said that I did not think Fletcher Cox would get dethroned as the number one player in the power rankings, but he did. Right now, he is playing at a very high level. On a day where the defense struggled, McLeod shined. He leads the team in tackles and interceptions going into week seven.
- Fletcher Cox-(Down 1 spot)- For the second week in a row, Cox had a crucial penalty that hurt the Eagles. After the game, he owned up to it. Owning up to your actions and blaming the loss on yourself is only something a true leader does. I can respect that. Regarding the rankings, he did not do enough in the game. Although he draws a lot of attention, he was virtually invisible. Like I said, I do understand he gets double teamed a lot. I am not taking anything away from him, I just think he had a bad game.
- Malcolm Jenkins-(Up 1 spot)- Jenkins did have a rough start to the game. Jamison Crowder beat him pretty good on his touchdown. However, Jenkins bounced back. He had six total tackles in the game and of course the big interception. His Pick-Six put the Eagles right back into a game. When needed to, he came up big for the Eagles.
- Nigel Bradham– (New to the rankings)- I did not rank Bradham last week because he only played a half for the Eagles. However, in that half, he was very impressive. Against Washington, he was no different. First off, he went from playing half the snaps last week to every snap this week. He had three tackles and seven assisted tackles. He was everywhere. Where ever the ball was, Bradham was there. Without a doubt, he is the Eagles best linebacker.
- Brandon Graham– (Down 3 spots)– I am not going to drop him out of the power rankings just yet. However, he did have a really bad game. All he did was manage just two tackles. Last week, he was my number two ranked defensive player. He needs to do better versus the Vikings. Overall, the Eagles need to do better rushing the passer. There is too much money invested in this defensive line. Ending a game with no sacks in unacceptable.
Players who missed out: Jordan Hicks, Jalen Mills
Mandatory Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports