Philadelphia Eagles are overrated

Eagles aren't deserving of their ranking; Redskins look like contenders

Originally Published: October 23, 2012
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus
Michael VickAP Photo/Brian GarfinkelMichael Vick hasn't done a good job protecting the football this season in Philadelphia.

Are we starting to get this Power Rankings auditing thing down? Last week the Baltimore Ravens seemed on a mission (minus Terrell Suggs) to prove our proclamation that they were overrated correct, mirroring the Cincinnati Bengals, who have taken the article as a blueprint as opposed to a challenge.

So which team is next to land itself the dreaded "overrated" tag? And who will look to follow in the footsteps of the rising Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, thus establishing themselves as contenders?

Let's audit ESPN's Week 8 NFL Power Rankings.

Overrated -- Philadelphia Eagles

There is no question that Philadelphia is a talented team. But just as the Eagles are capable of beating pretty much any team, I believe they are also capable of losing to almost any team.

The problems start up front. The Eagles are getting the usual excellent play from Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, but the line is hurting due to the losses of Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Peters was our top-ranked left tackle in the league last year while Kelce had taken a big step forward in his second season. Their replacements have struggled with Dallas Reynolds pushed around in the run game, and Demetress Bell giving up a sack, hit or hurry on 12.5 percent of pass blocks (Peters was at 3.7 percent).