Eagles (0-2) vs Jets (2-0) Preview – Week 3

The Eagles are 0-2 and facing a talented 2-0 Jets team this Sunday.  The start to this season has been unexpected for both teams.  The Eagles were not supposed to be winless and the Jets were rebuilding.  This is a result of the flow of the NFL.  The NFL isn’t about who you play, it’s about when and where.

Eagles vs Jets 1:00 FOX

Lets get one thing straight.  Chip Kelly isn’t going anywhere.  For those clambering on social media about his firing and replacements get real and grow up.  Look at two factors – Jeffrey Lurie is one of the most patient and loyal owners in the NFL.  Andy Reid coached here for 13 years.  About 3-4 years longer than he should have.  Lurie wanted to wait it out.  The second factor is Chip controls an NFL Franchise.  This is a dream job.  He doesn’t have to deal with alumni, boosters and recruiting.  Chip isn’t sitting in a kids living room telling Mrs. Jones how he’s going to take care of her son.  He’s not doing that.  Chip is the coach and will be for a while in my opinion.

Last week I stated the Cowboys game was the most important game in Chips tenure to date and was as closed to a must win this early in the season.  We have seen the stats.  12% of teams come back and make the playoffs after an 0-2 start.  2% come back from an 0-3 start.  This game is an absolute must win.

This game is about word one for me: ADJUSTMENTS.  I want to see what adjustments this coaching staff is going to make.  Some have said this offense is getting predictable.  5/6 losses dating back to last year validates that claim.  For an offensive line struggling, this is the last team I want the Eagles to face.  The Jets have a nasty and talented front 7 and maybe the best DL in football.  Through 2 games they have forced 10 yes 10 turnovers.  The Eagles through out the last year and the early part of this year have been a TO machine.

The Eagles need to play like grown men.  This is a helmet on a helmet game.  Smash mouth football and impose your will on a team.  The Eagles usually fair well against a team coming off a short week with their pace.  I want to see the OL improve technique and be sound fundamentally.  The Eagles need to move the ball which goes with out saying.  Throughout the last two weeks the Eagles have been unfocused.  Penalties, drops and misreads have really doomed the Eagles.  It’s been a collective poor team effort.

Below are the injure reports from philadelphiaeagles.com – Running back DeMarco Murray missed Thursday’s practice with the hamstring incurred in Wednesday’s training session. Head coach Chip Kelly said that Murray “tweaked” the hamstring and the team will see how much the running back can do on Friday and Saturday before making a final determination on his game status.  If Murray is unable to go, Kelly said that having Ryan Mathews will allow the team to keep the same game plan.  “I think Ryan and DeMarco are similar type players. You can do similar type things with them,” Kelly said. “If you had a different type of back backing up or being the No. 2 guy, then it’s a different deal, but that’s one of the reasons we really had Ryan in here.”  In total, Murray was one of five players to not participate in practice along with linebackers Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks and defensive linemen Taylor Hart and Cedric Thornton.  Kelly said that it doesn’t appear as if Alonso will be able to play Sunday. When asked about Kendricks’ status, Kelly said they “still don’t know.” Kendricks, like Murray, will be monitored on Friday and Saturday.  Thornton suffered a fractured hand and will not play, per defensive coordinator Bill Davis, against the Jets. Hart has a shoulder injury. Kelly said that Vinny Curry will play defensive end instead of outside linebacker and veteran Brandon Bair will be active for the first time this season. Marcus Smith is healthy and can handle Curry’s reps at outside linebacker.  Safety Chris Maragos was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a hip problem. Wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (elbow, concussion), tight end Trey Burton (shoulder) and defensive end Fletcher Cox(groin) were all full participants – philadelphiaeagles.com.

Head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Thursday that cornerback Darrelle Revis’ groin injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but it was bad enough to limit him in practice. Still, Revis’ limited participation was more than what he did on Wednesday when he missed practice altogether. Revis suffered the injury while earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the Monday night win over the Colts.  Two key injuries to watch for the New York Jets are those of running back Chris Ivory and wide receiver Eric Decker. Ivory has been battling a quad injury. He was able to play Monday night, but has missed both days of practice this week. He told reporters that if “it’s not ready, I just won’t play. If it’s good enough to play, I’ll play.” Decker is dealing with a knee injury that has sidelined him for the first two days of practice this week and could very well sideline him against the Eagles – philadelphiaeagles.com

As I said before the Jets D does scare me.  Their offense does not.  If our defense plays as well as they did last week this Jets team will not move the ball.  Fitzpatrick does have some ball security issues and this is something I believe the Eagles can capitalize on.  If the Eagles want to turn their season around they need to get into the end zone more ways than one.  A defensive TD or special teams score would go along way in helping them.

Prediction – Do I Make this prediction with my head or heart?  The Eagles really need this game.  This issue is, the Jets strengths are in line with the Eagles weaknesses.  OL vs DL and WR vs DB.  Will the OL hold up against their DL?  Will the Eagles WRs get open against Revis and Chromartie?  In the end I think the Jets defense makes too many plays partnered with a Revis INT will be too much to overcome down the stretch.  Eagles 17 – Jets 21.

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