By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to New York to face a depleted New York Jets team who were seeking to turn their season around at the expense of the Eagles. They did just that as they forced Philly into four turnovers that ultimately cost them the game. They were out executed by a Jets team that just wanted it more and it showed in the score as they beat the Eagles 20-to-14 in this game.
The Eagles started this game off fast, they went right down the field and got an opening touchdown from the red zone. A red zone score has been a rarity so far for Philly’s offense and they were able to get two tonight. If that starts to turn around the Eagles can get back to being an efficient offense. However, despite dominating this game throughout three quarters the offensive execution was not there for Philly. They did not have a balanced offense today and that’s a credit to the Jets defense they shut the run game down and forced Jalen Hurts to make good throws and take what the defense gives him. Hurts and the offense could not get it done today as they turned the ball over four times. Those mistakes cost them they gave the Jets too many opportunities and they made them pay for it in the fourth quarter as they scored the game winning touchdown off of a bad throw from Jalen which was intercepted by a Jets cornerback. At this point even though this is only their first loss of the season the Eagles have not played a complete game yet and with the schedule getting tougher later this month Philly needs to find their offensive efficiency very quickly. This is a bad loss for the Eagles. They are still a good team, but if they want to get to the super bowl, they will have to find a balanced offense. Philly did not run the ball enough today and make the Jets really work on defense and they need to get the run game going if they want to add more to a dangerous offense. Additionally, they need to clean-up the bad penalties and the drop balls that also cost them the game tonight. You cannot add on to mistakes by having receivers drop catchable balls and having dumb penalties. If they can get the turnovers and drops corrected, they should be able to give the Miami Dolphins all they can handle next week.
On what the team is doing after a tough loss and day on offense, “We are holding each other accountable. We will grow from it. . We have a standard here. We didn’t play to our standard. We have to hold each other accountable,” said Eagles receiver AJ Brown.
The New York Jets took this game from the Eagles. New York forced Philly to be one-dimensional and took away the run play from a normally balanced offense. They did just enough to keep the Eagles in check as they did not score a touchdown again after the second quarter. New York forced Philly to be perfect on the offensive end and they could not do it tonight. The Jets executed their game plan to perfection which was eliminate the big play and make Hurts be patient on offense and the Eagles just did not execute well down the stretch. The Jets were able to do just enough to save their season and get their first ever franchise victory over the Eagles.
The Eagles now will have a long week to get the drops, bad penalties, and offensive execution corrected as they prepare for a Sunday Night showdown with the Miami Dolphins, the best offense in the league. If Philly wants to get back on track, they will need to take advantage of the aggressiveness of the Dolphins defense. Implement some more screen plays and quick plays to D’Andre Swift like they did today and take advantage of their size and quickness in the middle of the field. Additionally, on the defensive side the Eagles have to get healthy in the secondary they should get Darius Slay back, but they are running thin in the secondary. Howie Roseman will probably need to work the phone and the secondary market to find some more bodies to fill an injury riddled secondary. They will also need to put pressure on Tua Tagovailoa and force him to be perfect and patient if they want to slow the Dolphins dynamic offense down and get their sixth victory of the season.
On what the team is doing to improve, “We didn’t play to our standard. It is the opportunity to look in the mirror and respond. This is about how we respond. Guys are hungry and eager to fix the mistakes. These moments build a ton of character,” said Hurts.