EAGLES NO. 6 IN NFL RANKINGS: TALK TO US AFTER VIKES LEAVE TOWN!

By Ben Sullivan

The Eagles escaped with a 38-35 victory Sunday in Detroit.

And The Athletic saw enough to be impressed:

6. Eagles (1-0)

What’s more important? Putting up the second-best offensive performance of the week by EPA per drive against a defense that finished 29th in defensive DVOA in 2021, or surrendering the third-best offensive performance of the week against an offense that finished 29th in offensive DVOA in 2021?

Offense matters more, so credit Jalen Hurts for scrambling the Eagles to victory against a Lions defense that blitzed him on 45.5% of his dropbacks and continuing the connection with Brown he showcased over the summer.

But there are very real early concerns about a defense that was upgraded on paper in the offseason at every level, from first-round pick Jordan Davis (who played the fifth-most snaps of the Eagles’ defensive tackles) and high-priced pass rusher Haason Reddick to defensive backs James Bradberry (who had an interception return for a touchdown) and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

With Jefferson and the Vikings coming to Philadelphia for “Monday Night Football,” defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon has his work cut out for him.

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