Coming off an important win over the Denver Broncos, the NY Jets will face arguably their toughest challenge yet as they welcome the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles to MetLife Stadium. The Jets are looking to get back to .500 after winning last week's game against the Broncos to move to 2-3.
Despite the game itself not being pretty, the Jets took care of business against Denver in "The Hackett Bowl," winning by a final score of 31-21.
The Jets' defense has done a good job of standing tall so far this season and has won games for the team. This will need to continue to be the case on Sunday against the Eagles. So, can the Jets use their newly found momentum to hand the Eagles their first loss of the season?
3. The NY Jets must contain Jalen Hurts
The Eagles' biggest weapon comes at the quarterback position. Unlike the Jets, the Eagles have found their franchise quarterback, and Jalen Hurts is one of the best in the league at his position. Not only is he a threat in the air, but some may say he's even a bigger threat on the ground.
The biggest way to contain Hurts is to pressure him and keep him in the pocket. The plays that he can make with his feet are incredible. Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, Hurts threw for 303 yards and one touchdown. However, more impressively, he led the rushing attack with 72 yards on 15 carries, picking up another touchdown in the process.
The Jets have done a good job at pressuring quarterbacks, starting with Bryce Huff. However, the issue at hand isn't just going to be solved by pressuring him.
The Jets' defense will have to do whatever it takes to not let Hurts get free and run the ball the entire game on them. Despite it being number three on this list, this key could make or break the Jets.
2. The NY Jets must win the turnover battle
Zach Wilson has been playing uncharacteristically well for the Jets over the past two weeks. In Week 2, Wilson likely played his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions. Since that game, however, he has been doing a much better job of protecting the ball and not forcing anything.
As a matter of fact, the only turnover by Wilson since then came last week against Denver when he threw an interception that was just unlucky. Hurts is no stranger to throwing his fair share of picks, either. He has four on the season and had an interception last week against the Rams.
Simply put, these two teams' defenses could decide this game. It very well could be the team with fewer turnovers being the victor. The Eagles defense is one of the best units in the league, so Wilson must continue his solid quarterback play if the Jets hope to upset the undefeated Eagles.
1. The NY Jets must run the ball
Kind of piggybacking off the second key here, if the passing game has its issues, it's always best to set the tone by running the ball. The Jets have one of the best running backs in the NFL at their disposal in Breece Hall.
So far on the season, Hall has 387 yards on 54 carries. It was announced prior to last week's game against Denver that Hall would no longer be on a snap count, as they were "unleashing" their star running back. Well, it definitely worked.
Some fans may even say Hall was the defining factor in why the Jets won last week. This week's game against the Eagles won't be easy on him by any means, as the Eagles have one of the best run defenses in the league.
On paper, this game is a massive mismatch. However, it might be closer than a lot of fans think. If these three keys can be achieved, the Jets set themselves up to do something no other team has done this season — defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.