Eagles vs Jets: Inactives, Keys to the Game and Pick
The Eagles have been pretty healthy in their first two games this season, that won't be the case when they face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Sunday’s game marks the second of three trips to MetLife Stadium for the Eagles during the 2015 season and the second time that Philadelphia has faced the Jets, with the first meeting having taken place in the preseason.
The Eagles are undefeated in nine all-time meetings against the Jets during the regular season. The two teams most recently met in 2011, with the Eagles capturing a 45-19 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
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In New York, the Eagles lead the series 4-0, with the last matchup occurring on 10/14/07. The two teams have not met at MetLife Stadium in regular season play
The Eagles listed LB Kiko Alonso (knee), DE Taylor Hart (shoulder), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) and DE Cedric Thornton (hand) for the game while RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) and Josh Huff (hamstring) are both questionable.
Some big names on the Jets injury front, Darrelle Revis (groin) is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles. Eric Decker (questionable, knee) will be a game-time decision as will running back Chris Ivory (questionable, quad/groin).
Sal Pal’s Keys to the Game:
Eagles’ inactives: RB DeMarco Murray, WR Josh Huff, QB Thad Lewis, LB Kiko Alonso, DE Cedric Thornton, LB Mychal Kendricks, and DE Taylor Hart
Jets’ inactives: WR Eric Decker, WR Chris Owusu, CB Darrin Walls, LB Trevor Reilly, OG Jarvis Harrison, OL Ben Ijalana, and DL Deon
Outside View: Rich Cimini, ESPN.com Jets reporter for NFL Nation
The Eagles have been about as bad as you can be on offense, especially last week vs. Dallas. The running game as been about as inept as you can be for an NFL team - Murray has just 21 carries for 11 yards this season, Ryan Mathews four carries for four yards. They will face a Jets defense that gives up just 3.8 yards per carry so far through three games.
The Jets are very good against the pass, while the Eagles have struggled to get open and drops have been an issue for the them. One area the Eagles can try to exploit is getting Darren Sproles or Zach Ertz matched up against the Jets linebackers, the underneath pass is something Eagles QB Sam Bradford has found success with this season. and that's an area the Eagles can try to exploit.
The Eagles defense should be able to keep them in the game even with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks out for Week 3. DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks will be the Eagles starting inside linebackers against the Jets, who have run the ball pretty well this season, averaging 127 yards per game.
The Pick: Jets 19, Eagles 17
John McMullen’s Take: