The Eagles (5-7) are back at MetLife Stadium to take on the Jets (3-8) on Sunday.
To the predictions:
Reuben Frank (8-4)
With the Eagles coming off a miserable loss to the Giants at MetLife, it’s understandable that some people are skittish about the Eagles going back to the same stadium to face another bad team. But it’s not going to happen again. The Giants are bad, but the Jets are brutal, and even a banged-up Eagles team will be able to smother the Jets on both sides of the ball. This is a team getting outscored by an average of 30-18 with a quarterback having a historically bad season. Zach Wilson’s passer rating of 62.9 is on pace to become the worst by any 1st-round pick since Josh Freeman in 2009. No matter who the quarterback is, the Eagles have a huge advantage on both lines, and that’s where they’ll dominate. The Eagles have bounced back nicely after some bad losses this year - they beat the Panthers after losing to the Chiefs, crushed the Lions after losing to the Raiders, ran it up on the Broncos in Denver after losing to the Chargers at home. They seem to deal well with adversity, and I expect that to continue.
Eagles 29, Jets 17
Dave Zangaro (9-3)
The Eagles can’t lose to the Jets, can they? I know that was a pitiful performance against the Giants last week but they can’t really go 0-for-2 at MetLife Stadium, right? I guess it’s possible the Eagles could lay another egg, but they should be able to handle the Jets.
I expect Jonathan Gannon’s defense to give the Jets’ offense and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson headaches. Wilson has had a shaky rookie season and I see no reason he’ll turn it around in this one. And on offense, the Eagles should still be able to run the ball and will make a better effort to get Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith involved.
Eagles 27, Jets 13
Ray Didinger (9-3)
Through the years, through good times and bad, there has been one constant in Eagles football. They don't lose to the New York Jets. They have met 11 times in the regular season and the Eagles have won all 11 games.
It doesn't matter where they play or when they play. It doesn't matter if Rich Kotite is coaching the Eagles or the Jets (he has done both). It doesn't matter which uniform Hugh Douglas wears (he has worn both). The outcome is always the same. Eagles win, Jets lose.
One of these days the Jets will flip the script but I don't think this is the week.
Eagles 24, Jets 13
Mike Mulhern (7-5)
In a strange, twisted way it was almost encouraging to find out that the Eagles can play as poorly as they did against the Giants and know they could have and should have won in the final minutes. The Birds are clearly better than the bad teams. And while that isn’t necessarily something to hang your hat on, we’ve got a pretty clear baseline understanding of what this team is. If they play even remotely well offensively against the bottom half of the league, they will win.
Enter the Jets, whose rookie head coach, Robert Saleh, has made more headlines for shoveling snow at Brian Kelly's house some 15 years ago than for anything his team has done in his first season at the helm. Saleh’s team is bad. The defense is giving up more than 30 points per game. Their rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson, has had major growing pains (and actual pains, having missed four games due to injury).
This is the perfect bounce-back spot for Jalen Hurts and company to “flush” the Giants game away. While their run-oriented attack should have no issues piling up yards, I also expect heavy volume for DeVonta Smith in the passing game after he showed frustration following the Giants loss. The Eagles put the Jets in a hole early and don’t give Saleh’s team any chance to dig out, no matter how skilled he may be with a shovel.
Eagles 31, Jets 13
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