The NY Jets have two injured possibly starting quarterbacks heading into the final week of this preseason and it looks like a third or fourth stringer is likely to get the job, Thursday August 29th, against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. NFL starters do not play at all in the fourth preseason game, and that will be the case for the Eagles starting offense. Head coach Rex Ryan has not decided on how long the starters will play, if at all, meaning that it’s unsure which quarterback the Eagles defense will see to start the game. The Eagles took the preseason victory in last year’s matchup 28-10. NFL oddsmakers have listed the Eagles as -3 point road favorites over the Jets with the over/under set at 40 points. Let’s preview the Eagles vs Jets preseason meeting and be sure to get the current 2013 NFL Preseason Point Spreads now.
The Eagles (2-1, 1-0 V) rallied to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24 on the road in a preseason game Saturday night. Backup QB Nick Foles completed 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards in the second half, while starting QB Michael Vick completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Vick’s best work came under pressure, when he kept several plays alive and scrambled for 53 yards. RB LeSean McCoy ran five times for 9 yards, while Bryce Brown received most of the load finishing with 92 yards on 11 carries.
An Eagles offense that ranks second in the NFL this preseason with 435.0 yards per game and 25.7 first downs per game will start QB Nick Foles. Third string QB Matt Barkley will get the bulk of the work after not playing at all in the third game against the Jacksonville Jaguars while other QB’s Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne may play late in the game. RB’s Bryce Brown, who leads the team in rushing with 16 carries for 114 yards (7.1 average) and two touchdowns, Chris Polk and Matthew Tucker will share the load at back.
The Jets (2-1, 1-0 H) got a 24-21 road victory over the New York Giants in Saturday night’s preseason matchup. QB Mark Sanchez completed 5 of 6 for 72 yards with a fumble, before he hurt his right shoulder late in the fourth quarter. Sanchez tried to throw a practice pass on the sideline, but he shook his head after making one short toss. Jets coach Rex Ryan refused to disclose the nature of Sanchez’s injury. Backup QB Geno Smith completed 16 of 32 passes for 199 yards, but with three interceptions. Tird string QB Matt Simms, the son of former Giants QB Phil Simms, looked good in mop-up action after completing 6 of 10 for 120 yards.
The Jets defense has consistently been a strength under head coach Rex Ryan. It ranks 12th in yards allowed (310.0) and 15th in points allowed (20.0) for the preseason. Established starters up front such as rising star Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis and rookie Sheldon Richardson figure to play very little, if at all.
The Jets offense has averaged 385.7 yards of total offense in their three preseason games (ranks seventh in the NFL). With former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg now holding the same position in New York, the Jets have passed the ball on 58.5 percent of their offensive plays. Meanwhile, the Jets running game hasn’t been anything to write home about, as the team is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry. If this trend continues for New York, the game should be a good test for the Eagles’ entire defensive unit as far as pass coverage goes.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets
When: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013@7:00 PM ET
Pick: Eagles -3
The Bottom Line: It all goes downhill for the Jets from thus week on. We recommend you signup with Carbon Sports to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the 2013 NFL Week 4 preseason.