Philadelphia Eagles: Where Does Eagles Offense Rank Among NFL's Best

Frank PassalacquaAnalyst IISeptember 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a touchdown pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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What an opening week it has been in the NFL.

We've seen Aaron Rodgers throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter, the Ravens make the Steelers look like children, the Colts, Ryan Fitzpatrick actually looked good, the Cowboys blow a 14-point lead in the 4th for the first time ever, Janikowski's 63-yard field goal, Cam Newton had 422 yards in his career debut and Tom Brady throwing for over 500 passing yards in a season opener...2011 will be a good one.

With the recent power rankings being released, many disagree and have their own take on things.

However, after all we've seen so far, it's time for another Philadelphia Eagles analysis article. No, I'm not here to talk about how the Eagles defense will falter, so read on. I'm more of an offensive kind of guy, and I want to go through Week 1 and see just where the Eagles offense ranks in the NFL. 

At the end of last year the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants finished in the top five in the league for total yards on offense.

New season, new events, new rankings.

Now since only one game was played, you can't go out and nail a list of best offenses for the rest of the season. That' be cheap, because it'd be based on one game.

Since I'm basing this on the Eagles, let me go through a quick review of their game plan against the Rams.

The Eagles finished the game with 404 yards; 167 passing and 237 rushing (the most in the league). Anyone remember when the Eagles, of all teams, had more rushing yards than passing? Everyone and their mother knows the Eagles are a pass-first team, and the Week 1 results came as a surprise.

Running back LeSean McCoy had 122 yards on his own, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. 98 more yards came from Vick and his ability to scramble like a champ, but McCoy averaging almost 10 yards a run is impressive. 

Watching Vick play made me kind of wary. For one, I did not want to watch him get hurt and seeing him complete 14 of 32 passes didn't woo me in the least bit. On a more positive note, he still completed those passes that make you scratch your head and threw two touchdowns without a pick. 

187 yards is good, but we all expected more. Regardless, the Eagles put 31 points on the board and walked away with the victory.

In the NFL as a whole, there were other teams that were far more impressive. For instance, New England putting up 622 yards. It's not shocking, but it's impressive.

As of right now, the teams in the top five for total offense looks like this: the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. None of those five teams were in the top five last year and this just proves how quickly things change. 

So where do the Eagles rank up? Here's my top 10 offensive power rankings:

1. New England Patriots

2. New Orleans Saints

3. Detroit Lions

4. San Diego Chargers

5. Carolina Panthers

6. Green Bay Packers

7. Philadelphia Eagles

8. Dallas Cowboys

9. Houston Texans

10. Baltimore Ravens

The Eagles rank at No. 7 right now in the league for offensive power, but I expect by Week 5 they'll be in the top three.