Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets Prediction: Can Eagles Avoid MetLife Sweep?

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets predictions and picks from handicapper Mike Spector for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss out on Mike's pick.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets Prediction: Can Eagles Avoid MetLife Sweep?

The Philadelphia Eagles are making back-to-back visits to MetLife Stadium, and last week's trip did not go as planned in a disappointing loss to the Giants. Meanwhile, the New York Jets snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over the Texans. Will the Jets continue to build momentum, or will the Eagles stay in the thick of the NFC Playoff picture and avoid an 0-2 stretch against the New York teams?

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets INJURY REPORT

PHILADELPHIA

QUESTIONABLE: QB Jalen Hurts, RB Miles Sanders, C Jason Kelce

OUT: G Brandon Brooks, OT Jack Driscoll, RB Jordan Howard, CB Tay Gowan, LB Davion Taylor

NEW YORK

QUESTIONABLE: LB Quincy Williams, QB Zach Wilson, DT Sheldon Rankins

OUT: QB Mike White, TE Trevon Wesco, WR Corey Davis, RB Michael Carter

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets Prediction

Philadelphia must have walked away from last week's 13-7 loss to the Giants feeling they let one slip away. The Eagles committed four turnovers, including three Jalen Hurts interceptions (two in the red zone). The bright spot for Philadelphia was that they rushed for 208 yards. That is the first time since 1950 that the franchise rushed for at least 175 yards in five consecutive games. In addition, they have run for 200 or more yards in three straight games for the first time since 1978.

The Jets rallied from a 14-3 deficit last week against Houston, scoring 18 unanswered points in their 21-14 win. Some Jets fans may be disappointed in the win, as it is improbable they will draft ahead of the Texans now. However, the optimistic fans will believe they are building something under first-year head coach Robert Saleh. New York is now 3-8 on the season, and their three wins already surpassed last year's win total.

The biggest question entering this week is the health of each team's starting quarterback. Jalen Hurts reportedly is dealing with left ankle soreness following last week's loss. If Hurts is not 100%, that dramatically impacts his effectiveness as a runner, which is important considering he has at least 55 rushing yards in each of the last six games. Conversely, Zach Wilson re-aggravated a knee injury in the fourth quarter that kept him out of the four previous games.

Many sportsbooks lowered from making the Eagles -7 point road favorites to -6.5, and that is precisely where I would play Philadelphia. Had Jalen Hurts not made the two costly red-zone interceptions, the Eagles likely beat the Giants, and then we would be talking about a team on a three-game winning streak. Though Hurts' three interceptions were a career-high, he did not all of a sudden forget how to throw the football, as he led the league in QBR the five weeks prior. That should make Eagles backers feel more confident, especially if his ankle injury limits his mobility.

Holding the Dolphins and Texans to 38 combined points the last two weeks does not all of a sudden make the Jets a good defense. Those two teams rank 24th or lower in scoring, but more importantly, they are the league's two worst rushing teams, with neither averaging more than 80.2 yards per game on the ground. Thus, Philadelphia's ground and pound style will be a much stiffer test for New York, and the Jets have not proven they can hold up in the trenches against teams committed to running the football. This is still a defense that allowed 175 points over a four-game stretch, and they need to prove it against an offense better than Miami's or Houston's to get the credit they think they deserve.

However, the biggest reason for liking Philadelphia in this matchup is the erratic play of Zach Wilson. He is still missing too many open receivers and making too many bone-headed decisions to inspire confidence when facing a defense as talented as Philadelphia's. In addition, Wilson looked rusty in completing just 58% of his passes last week, and the Jets coaching staff does not trust him with a heavy load as they limited him to just 24 attempts.

The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings with the Jets and are 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 games following an ATS loss. Meanwhile, the Jets are just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as underdogs, and laying anything less than a touchdown with the favorites is the right call.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

Mike Spector
@MikeSpector01

Mike Spector brings unmatched knowledge and insight into the game of football, and more importantly the process of betting on NFL football. Mike is the #2 ranked expert in FantasyPros' NFL betting contest

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