Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 15 match-up against the Philadelphia Eagles.
1. Philadelphia’s speed on offense is a major concern for the Jets. LeSean McCoy is capable of breaking a big run at any moment. The Jets must be extremely disciplined on the edges, most notably Calvin Pace and Jamaal Westerman at linebacker. On the defensive line, Mike DeVito is a long shot to play so the Jets will need a big game from Muhammad Wilkerson and for Marcus Dixon to step up again.
2. Mike Vick’s ability to scramble is always an issue for opposing defenses but he has been turning the ball over like crazy this year. This is a big game for Aaron Maybin who has the most speed of any Jet in the front seven by far and has forced four fumbles this year. Vick will also throw a few up for grabs. Isn’t Antonio Cromartie do for an interception?
3. Considering DeSean Jackson’s general attitude and demeanor this year, I believe Darrelle Revis has a great opportunity to get into his head early and completely take him out of this game. Beyond that, Revis has the size and strength to toss him around at the line of scrimmage.
4. Two guys who have the ability to really hurt the Jets on Sunday are Brent Celek and Jason Avant. This defense always struggles with tight ends and slot receivers. It will be on Brodney Pool to step up with his coverage of Celek and Kyle Wilson to have a big game in the slot on Avant.
5. Shonn Greene and the rest of the Jets rushing attack should be licking their chops against Philadelphia’s front seven. The Eagles have been soft up the middle all year and have major question marks at linebacker. There is no reason for Greene not to have another 20+ carry, 100+ yard performance.
6. Plaxico Burress always killed the Eagles during his time with the Giants. He has been quiet the past two weeks and seems due for a big game. While the Eagles corners have big names and big play potential, they have given up a ton of big plays this season.
7. Speaking of their corners, you can bet Rex Ryan will be reminding his team how Nnamndi Asomugha spurned them to join Philadelphia this off-season. Asomugha has been a let down all season and I don’t expect the Jets to be shy about going after him. Antonio Cromartie should have also have a little extra motivation this Sunday.
8. Joe McKnight should be back in the line-up this week, providing a nice boost to the Jets kick return and their screen game on offense.
9. Philadelphia is the complete opposite of the Jets in the following regard: they start fast and finish poorly. The Jets have consistently risen up in the fourth quarter under Rex Ryan for comeback wins, while the Eagles have fell apart all season in crunch time. If this game is tight in the fourth quarter, Jets fans should be confident.
10. Mark Sanchez on the road…in Pennsylvania…week 15…Jets fans should remember how well he played in Pittsburgh last year at this exact time of the season.