Week 13 Quick Picks: Eagles at Jets

The Eagles’ trip to MetLife Stadium on Sunday runs into the Eagles’ trip to MetLife Stadium last Sunday

The Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Bandwagon hit a pretty big pothole on the New Jersey Turnpike on Sunday afternoon as the Birds were tripped up by the Giants, is what we would say if we wanted to be polite. The reality is that the Eagles shot themselves in various different organs and yet still had a chance to win the game until Jalen Reagor Jalen Reagor’d.

The Eagles’ reward is a return trip to MetLife Stadium to take on an even lowlier squad in the Jets. Will Jalen Hurts be healthy enough to play? Will Nick Sirianni return to the offensive scheme that vaulted the Eagles back into postseason contention? Or will the Garden State once again prove too much of a hurdle to overcome?

Everybody whiffed last week, so Joe retains the honor.

Joe (4-2-6): I’ma be honest with you all. I ain’t watching this game.

I mean yeah, I’ll probably see a few minutes early on, but I have bigger fish to fry that day, as not only are the Union playing in the Eastern Conference Final, they’re playing at home, and I will be at Subaru Park without a single brain cell dedicated to what the bum Eagles are up to against the bum Jets in bum Jersey.

And really, nobody else should care, either. This team had a chance to head into December with some momentum, winners of four out of five and surging into the Wild Card race. Instead, they’re heading back to East Rutherford for a second chance at getting a first win up there. This is supposed to be the easy part of the schedule, guys!

Speaking of bum things, Jalen Hurts’ ankle might be an issue. Part of the Eagles’ success in the run game came from him carrying the ball, and if he’s banged up, then even if he plays, he will be less effective. I think we’re going to see some Gardner Minshew on Sunday one way or another.

The Jets give up 394.5 yards per game, second only to the Seattle Seahawks. They give up the fourth-most passing yards and the sixth-most rushing yards; normally a defense has a weakness, but for the Jets, that weakness is “playing defense.”

All of that leads me to believe that the Eagles will bounce back this week, no matter what offensive scheme they choose. I think they’ll break the 200-yard mark on the ground and head into the bye on a positive note. Not that I’ll see it. Eagles 24, Jets 13.

Offensive Standout: The Offensive Line

Defensive Standout: Alex Singleton

John (2-4-6): Whether you are rooting for the E-A-G-L-E-S or J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS, it’s likely that there will be no true winners in an ugly game of football.  Both teams cleaned house over the offseason, yet the fans are still waiting for the refuse to be collected. 

The Eagles, however, are 11-0 against the Jets and that trend should continue on Sunday. With the exception of special teams, the Jets have yet to show that they can be dominant on either side of the ball. The Eagles at least have a rising defense in their favor. 

The Eagles’ biggest woes are on offense, but with Jalen Hurts nursing an injury and DeVonta Smith demanding the ball, you’d have to think he’s due for a dominant game. We are however, one game away from Nick Sirianni being the default defensive standout for the rest of the year. His atrocious game plans have cost the team dearly in 2021. Only time will tell if he’ll have a bounceback game. Eagles 27, Jets 20.

Offensive Standout: DeVonta Smith

Defensive Standout: Avonte Maddox

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