USA Today Sports

Eagles begin climb up NFL power rankings

Eliot Shorr-Parks
October 17, 2018 - 7:52 am

The Eagles' chances at making the playoffs are rising after their win over the Giants last Thursday. 

They still aren't as high as you might expect, however. 

In their latest NFL Power Rankings, ESPN used their Football Power Index to predict each team's chances of getting into the postseason. Despite being defending Super Bowl champions, and coming off of a win, they gave the Eagles just over a 50/50 shot to make the postseason. 


Chances at playoffs: 57.7 percent. Carson Wentz's QBR has risen in each of his four starts, culminating in a career-high 95.9 QBR in the Eagles' Thursday night win over the Giants. Wentz is averaging a career-high 39.5 pass attempts per game and might need to continue carrying the load with Jay Ajayi out for the season and Darren Sproles out since Week 1. 

Although they are given just a 57% chance of making the playoffs, the Eagles are sixth in the power rankings, and eigth overall in playoff chances. They were ninth overall in the rankings prior to their win over the Giants. 

Is the ranking fair?

On one hand, at 3-3, you could make the argument that sixth overall is too high for a team that is 1-2 in their last three games and sit at .500. The Eagles have shown some clear weaknesses, including along one of the most important units in the NFL -- offensive line. 

On the other hand, there is no denying that quarterback Carson Wentz played a great game against the Giants, and looked a lot like the player that was on his way to winning NFL MVP last season before suffering a torn ACL/LCL. If Wentz is able to keep up that level of play, it would not be surprising at all to see the Eagles go on a winning streak, even with the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars next up on the schedule. 

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at!