Luke Falk
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No amount of Sam Darnold could’ve saved the New York Jets on Sunday, as the Philadelphia Eagles rolled to an easy win.

Forced into backups all over the field, the New York Jets ended their first quarter of 2019 on the sourest of notes.

The Philadelphia Eagles sacked Luke Falk 10 times and took advantage of three turnovers from the reserve quarterback. Two of those were taken back for scores as Philadelphia cruised to a 31-6 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.

After a three-and-out on their opening possession, one that took a mere 73 seconds of game time, the Eagles marched downfield in nine plays, going 53 yards to take a 7-0 lead. The finishing touch was a one-yard push by Jordan Howard. New York (0-4) started to move the ball on their next drive, but Nathan Gerry took Falk’s first interception back 51 yards, accounting for the early 14-0 lead.


The Jets’ defense settled down to limit the Eagles to a turnover on downs, but yet another chance for the offense went for naught. Sam Ficken missed a 55-yard field on a short fourth down, forcing the Jets into yet another blank first half.

Late in the first half, Rodney McLeod ended a streak of five straight punts with an interception, one that saw the Eagles capitalize with an 11-yard scoring hookup between Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz to make it a 21-0 lead.

The second half was more or less the same kind of story, one that featured a rare silver lining in the form of a Jets offensive touchdown.

Set up by a muffed Eagles punt return, Vyncint Smith was the lucky end zone visitor, as his 19-yard score made was the unit’s first six-pointer since the third quarter of Week 1.

The afternoon wouldn’t be complete without just a little more Jets silliness. One final drive that appeared to be fruitful, one at the cusp of Philadelphia territory, was ended via a Falk fumble, one that would be taken back for a touchdown by Orlando Scandrick.

The sight of Falk on his back was a common one during the afternoon, as the quarterback was sacked a whopping nine times.

Another NFC opponent awaits the Jets next week, as they return home to face the Dallas Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX).

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