The 0-2 Philadelphia Eagles led by Chip Kelly came into MetLife Stadium on Sunday and handed the New York Jets their first loss of 2015.
By Robby Sabo
The New York Jets are now 0-9 against the Philadelphia Eagles all-time. The latest, of course, coming today as Chip Kelly walked away very pleased with his offensive line and defensive aggressiveness.
Ryan Matthews – filling in for starter DeMarco Murray who sat out due to a bum hamstring – ran wild against a usually stout Jets box. The Eagles offensive line paved the way all game for a total of 123 yards (Matthews 108).
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Darren Sproles also made his presence felt. When the game was 10-0 in favor of Philly in the second quarter, Sproles fielded a nice Ryan Quigley punt towards the sideline. What he did next shut the entire MetLife Stadium crowd up.
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The Eagles kept pounding the rock while Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets continued struggling mightily on offense.
Both Chris Ivory and Eric Decker missed the game. This allowed the Eagles defense to shade toward Brandon Marshall on literally every play. Marshall, while he hauled in 10 catches for 109 yards a score, was suffocated with very aggressive d-back play by Philly.
It was obvious the refs decided to let them play today. The more aggressive o-line and secondary won out.
Marshall also made the most bonehead play of the season while the score was 17-0:
The biggest question of the day comes in relation to the Jets quarterback position. Fitzpatrick struggled all day long. He routinely misfired on passes, especially the ones that were intended downfield.
The Eagles played an aggressive brand of defense and the Jets couldn’t loosen it up. The run game was non-existent and Fitz turned the ball over three times (3 INTs). He finished 35-of-58 for 183 yards and 2 TDs. The Jets running game could only muster 47 yards on 16 carries for an average of 2.7.
Fitzpatrick’s limitations really showed in Week 3. On a couple of occasions he targeted Devin Smith down the field and under-threw the rookie. One time resulted in a pick.
The Geno Smith conversation has officially started. There’s a reason Fitz has been on six teams during his NFL career. While smart and heady, his raw physical tools come up way short of the average NFL starter.
The Jets will look right the ship in London against the Miami Dolphins.
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