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Eagles vs. Jets Week 5 Preview

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Jets quarterback Luke Falk attempting a pass. (Photo by Adam Hunger/AP Press)

The New York Jets are having a god awful season.

Ever since Sam Darnold fell to mononucleosis, the Jets (0-3) offense has struggled to move the ball. The last time the Jets scored an offensive touchdown was back in Week 1 against Buffalo. In their last two games, the Jets have been outscored 53-17 with their defense putting up 14 of those points. The offense has struggled to move the ball with quarterback Luke Falk at the helm, leaving their defense hanging out to dry as the team has yet to secure their first victory.

The Eagles (2-2) are coming off a huge victory against the Packers. The offense has been the story of their season. Quarterback Carson Wentz has led the charge thus far, putting up an impressive 9 to 2 TD-INT ratio. The Eagles also finally got their running game going last week in Green Bay. Jordan Howard finally broke out while Miles Sanders had a productive night on the ground.

The Eagles defense has struggled mightily this season. The pass rush hasn’t quite lived up to expectations so far but the pressure they managed to get on Aaron Rodgers in the second half of last week’s game proved to be instrumental in the Eagles victory. Meanwhile, the secondary needs all the help they can get. Contrary to their rush defense, Philadelphia’s passing defense is the worst in the league. On average, Philadelphia has surrendered a league worst 324.8 passing yards per game and is a big reason for why the team is only 2-2. Considering the injuries surrounding Avonte Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc, and Ronald Darby, things aren’t looking good. Unless the team goes out and makes some drastic changes, such as trading for Jalen Ramsey, the situation regarding the secondary will continue to deteriorate.

Despite the Eagles horrific secondary, they are still the clear cut favorites to win this game. The Jets offense has struggled to move the ball, meaning that the Eagles will have more time with the ball and thus, more opportunities to put more points up on the board.

However, the Eagles need to get pressure to Jets quarterback Luke Falk, even though Jets fans know just how flawed of a player he is. Getting pressure to Falk will bail out the secondary greatly as any chance of Falk hitting a home run pass to Robby Anderson or Jamison Crowder and getting the connections to them going will greatly diminish. Crowder and Anderson may not be considered star receivers, but they can easily serve as solid weapons for the Jets offense. The pressure on Falk will force him to constantly check down to Le’Veon Bell, leaving the Eagles defense finding themselves spending less time on the field.

Expect the Eagles to win by at least a couple touchdowns tomorrow.

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