Commanders: NFC East power rankings after Week 1
By Jerry Trotta
1. Philadelphia Eagles
It brings us no joy giving the Eagles the top spot, but it’s only Week 1. There’s plenty of time for Washington to supplant the Birds. In the meantime, though, Philadelphia deserves to sit atop the rankings after the first week of the season.
Jalen Hurts wasn’t all that efficient in the pocket (he completed just 56.7% of his passes), but AJ Brown quickly proved he’s going to make a colossal difference for the Eagles’ offense. The Lions had no answer for Brown, who racked up 10 catches for 155 yards. I’m very concerned how Washington’s going to defend him.
The Eagles’ running game also impressed on Sunday. The normally underwhelming Miles Sanders rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 7.1 yards per clip, while Hurts added 90 yards and a score on 5.3 YPC and Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott each found the end zone, too.
It’ll be interesting to see how Philly’s offense looks against better defenses, but they lived up to the offseason hype in Week 1. Their defense, however, fell well short of expectations, so that’s something to watch moving forward.