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How can the New York Jets avoid a potential let down after a big win on a short week against a struggling opponent, the 0-2 Philadelphia Eagles?
Joe Caporoso – This is a nice early test for the Jets new coaching staff. They are coming off a big win, on a short week and are receiving heaps of positive public attention. Can they quickly shift focus to a talented but struggling Philadelphia Eagles team, who is desperate for their first win? Eric Decker will be questionable this week, Chris Owusu is out and Chris Ivory is a little banged up so this will be an early test of the Jets depth.
Offensively, the Jets need to test an Eagles secondary which has been cooked the past two weeks. If Philadelphia is foolish enough to man up Byron Maxwell with Brandon Marshall, the Jets need to continue relentlessly funneling the ball to him. Outside of Marshall, who can step up to catch passes if Decker is out? Devin Smith may make his debut and H-Back Quincy Enunwa could see more targets. Yes, even the forgotten man Jeremy Kerley may be more involved.
Defensively, the Jets need to key Darren Sproles who could be a nightmare for their linebackers. Jordan Matthews has been a target hog for the Eagles so far, which could lead to Darrelle Revis tracking him on his endless crossing routes. The Jets defensive line should be able to push around the Eagles in the running game that could hopefully make them that much more one dimensional.Dalbin Osorio – Todd Bowles’s Arizona Cardinals defense held the Eagles to their second lowest output of the season last year, as they harassed Nick Foles all day and forced three turnovers. This Jets defense is more talented than that Cardinals defense, so I fully expect for the Jets to be able to get penetration against a bad Eagles offensive line and pull out a victory. Schematically, it’s a bad matchup for the Eagles especially if they insist on running DeMarco Murray into the heart of the Jets defense. Like Joe said, Byron Maxwell has been a free agent bust through two games and he’ll be matched up against Brandon Marshall. It’s shaping up to be a long day for the Eagles, even if Eric Decker doesn’t suit up.
Psychologically, I think the way the Jets avoid a let down is by echoing Bowles’ statements after the Colts game. Beating the Colts on the road was a statement win for this team, but all that goodwill goes away if they come out flat against a desperate Eagles team. They are only 2-0, and they need to come out as hungry as they did against the Colts. Them losing a competitive game wouldn’t be the worst thing, but if they come out overconfident and don’t take the Eagles seriously it could be a long day and they might get routed.
Jason Wiles – The Eagles have two things going for them going into Week 3. The Jets have only six days to recover from an exhausting win, and the talented Eric Decker may be missing from the field come this Sunday. Chip Kelly’s hurry up offense is going to tax an already tired and somewhat banged up veteran defense. Sam Bradford has proven he can take advantage of the opportunities a hurry up offense completing five 20+ yard receptions in two games. The Jets D has already allowed eight 20+ yard completions in two games. If they tire quickly versus the Eagles hurry up attack, the deep ball may prove to be a serious threat.
The absence of Decker limits the Jets passing attack. Brandon Marshall will be the focus of the Eagles secondary and Ryan Fitzpatrick has already forced the ball to Marshall with mixed results. With Kiko Alonso out, the middle of the field should be more open for crossing and in routes, let alone the rushing attack. Bilal Powell should see action as a pass catcher, and Chris Ivory should have an easier time running the ball. We’ll see if Jeremy Kerley is a factor, but I expect his number to be called much more often with Decker potentially out of the game.John Hargaden – MetLife should be nothing less than a mad house on Sunday afternoon as your undefeated Jets take on the winless Philadelphia Eagles. On the defensive side of the ball, conditioning and communication is a MUST. With the no huddle offense the Eagles run, the ability to get players switched in and out needs to be crisp all throughout the game. New RB DeMarco Murray has gotten off to a less than stellar start, the defensive line must cause havoc, shut down the running game and force new QB Sam Bradford to throw the ball constantly. At all times the defense must know where Darren Sproles is on the field, as the Eagles like to shift him out of the backfield and split outside
On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets must improve upon the 3rd down efficiency. On Monday night the Jets were 4/13 on 3rd downs. The Eagles have a young but above average defensive line led by Fletcher Cox. The Eagles secondary changed this offseason with the big signing of Byron Maxwell. As what seems like the story with this Eagles team, Maxwell has failed to impress. I would expect Maxwell to be on Brandon Marshall for most of the game. With the injury to Eric Decker and Chris Owusu, someone will need to step up. I believe that Devin Smith will play in this game and will be used in multiple ways.