Week 3: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets Recap

Ryan Mathews stiff arms Jets' defender Antonio Cromartie from 9/27/15
Ryan Mathews stiff arms Jets’ defender Antonio Cromartie from 9/27/15

Philadelphia 24, New York 17

The Philadelphia Eagles gut out their first win of the season on the road over the New York Jets.  Philly is now an impressive 10-0 all-time versus Gang Green and they were in desperate need of a win to keep pace in the NFC East.

The defenses for both teams ruled the game as there were not too many big plays on either side of the ball.  For the Eagles, this is pretty much par for the course early on in the year.  They have seriously lacked explosive plays on offense

Brandon Bair hits Ryan Fitzpatrick from Sunday's game
Brandon Bair hits Ryan Fitzpatrick from Sunday’s game

and that is a big reason why they have struggled out of the gates.  With that being said, they ran the ball much better in this contest, and Ryan Mathews looked strong with many tackle-breaking rushes.  He fumbled once, but the Eagles were able to get the ball back on the following drive by forcing one of four turnovers.

The Jets came into the game with a +8 turnover differential and had forced five takeaways in each of their first two games.  In this one, they gave it away four times and were only able to strip the ball one time, although that doesn’t mean that the defense wasn’t good.  The front seven was dominant at the line of scrimmage and the secondary did a marvelous job in coverage.  Sam Bradford had some clean pockets to step up into, but rarely had any wide open looks.  Running backs for Philly had an edge when running wheel routes out of the backfield, however both Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles dropped what looked to be potential huge touchdown receptions on those plays.  Sproles made up for this with an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown and a rushing score, however, as he had an excellent day.

Brandon Marshall had his way with the Philadelphia defense as the game wore on.  He caught ten passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.  He did make a bonehead play in the second quarter when trying to pitch the ball backwards.  He chucked it right at Connor Barwin’s facemask and the Eagles recovered the loose ball and marched it into the end zone to take a 24-0 lead at the time.  The Jets really struggled to run the ball all game long.

Each defense made plays in this one, and both offenses were inconsistent and sleepy at times.  The true difference in this game was the Darren Sproles punt return for a touchdown.  Philly has their first win of the season, but it was not super impressive.  They had to tough one out, but at the same time it came against a rock solid defense on the road.  They will travel to Washington next week to play their second divisional game of the year while the Jets fly across the pond to battle the 1-2 Miami Dolphins in London.  At the end of the day the defenses were able to neutralize both offenses, but Philadelphia was able to find points in other ways via special teams for the win.

The Skinny

  • Philadelphia improves to 10-0 all-time against the New York Jets
  • Sam Bradford got the ball out of his hands quickly and was errant on a few of his throws, and the Philly receivers
    Philadelphia corner Eric Rowe and New York receiver Devin Smith battle for the ball from the game on 9/27/15
    Philadelphia corner Eric Rowe and New York receiver Devin Smith battle for the ball from the game on 9/27/15

    dropped a few catchable passes as well, contributing to the 14/28 clip

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the ball 58 times in this game, tying a career high for him.  He was intercepted three times while throwing two touchdowns
  • The Philadelphia corners played a pretty good game.  Rookie Eric Rowe made a bunch of nice plays, Byron Maxwell played better than in weeks past, and Nolan Carrol was terrific.  Malcolm Jenkins pitched in with a nice effort as well
  • Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks had an awesome game filling in for Kiko Alonso and Michael Kendricks.  He made nine tackles and an interception, the first Philly rookie linebacker to do this since Stewart Bradley in 2007
  • The Jets have only targeted tight ends five times on the entire year after this game
  • Darren Sproles’ 89 yard punt return for a touchdown was the second longest in Philadelphia history
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