Jets vs. Eagles: Final Preview Notes

Final preview notes on Jets vs. Eagles from John Hargaden

Coming into today’s matchup, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking for their first win of the season vs. our New York Jet. Over the first two weeks, the Eagles have shown serious weaknesses and flaws on both side of the ball. Here are some final preview notes…

Offense: In the first two games, QB Sam Bradford has looked extremely erratic, in executing Chip Kelly’s quick temp offense. Bradford has had four interceptions  and a fumble so far this season. The offensive line has given Bradford little to no time to get rid of the ball however against the Cowboys, the line gave Bradford some decent time however Bradford could not execute. Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lee was all over the place and made several key plays including a 2nd half interception of Bradford in the end zone. Also new addition DeMarco Murray has failed to impress in his first two games. In the first two weeks he has had a total of 21 carries for 11 yards. On Thursday, Murray suffered a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game. However, media reports on Friday surfaced that Murray should be ready to go.

Defense: The Eagles are going to be without two of their best linebackers, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso. Look for the Jets to exploit that with screens and crossing routes. The Eagles have a impressive defense line, led by Fletcher Cox, a 4th year player out of Mississippi State. The major weakness has to be the Eagles secondary, in the first two games, the Eagles have allowed 566 passing yards. Byron Maxwell, who signed a 6 yr, $63 Million contract with $25 guaranteed deal last offseason, has failed to impress in his first two weeks. A Play that stood out to me last week was in the 4th quarter, Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weedon threw a slant route to Terrence Williams. Maxwell completely gave up on the play and Williams scored.

Now looking to the Jets side of the ball…

Offense- Look for the Jets to establish the run. In the first two weeks, the Eagles have allowed 214 rushing yards. Depending on the health of Chris Ivory, the Jets could have Zac Stacy activated for the second week in a row. Look for Devin Smith to see his first action of the season. Smith’s greatest asset is his speed.  One thing I want to see is Fitzpatrick run through his progressions, against the Colts Fitzpatrick locked into Brandon Marshall a few times instead of checking the other options.

Defense: The first two weeks the Jets defense has caused 10 turnovers which is extremely impressive. Last year the Jets had 13 turnovers total. The Jets first goal must be to stop the running game. One concern I have is Darren Sproles. The Eagles like to use him in different ways, either in the backfield or splitting him outside as a receiver. Against the Colts, Andrew Luck had little to no time to get rid of the ball, with and without blitzing, the Jets were able to keep Luck dancing all night. The same needs to continue against Bradford. Present multiple fronts and keep him confused. The Jets were able to disguise the cornerback and safety blitzes very well last week. My hope is that Darrelle Revis covers Jordan Matthews for a good part of the game. Matthews loves to run those 15-20 yard crossing routes. Keep Revis on him and shut him down.

Prediction:  I feel that the Jets are going to be too much for the Eagles to handle. Look for the defensive line to record at least one sack and cause at least one turnover.  The Jets should be able to run the ball effectively. Fitzpatrick will throw 2 TD’s on the day.  You will be looking at the 3-0 New York Jets by 4pm. Jets 24 Eagles 14

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