After a big win over the Denver Broncos, the NY Jets look to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time in their franchise history.
It will be a tough matchup for the Jets, going up against the undefeated Eagles with several key players injured, including D.J. Reed, Brandin Echols, Justin Hardee, and Sauce Gardner.
They also lost Alijah Vera-Tucker for the rest of the season, so the offensive line will be weaker against one of the NFL’s best defenses. The Jets will have to adjust to have a chance in this game.
Here are the top three Jets players to watch against the Eagles.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
Still, the most important player for the Jets is Zach Wilson. Nobody gave the Jets a chance in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Wilson put together a great performance, and they almost came away with the win because of it.
Unlike last week, the Jets are going to have to be aggressive to stay in this game. The Eagles' run defense is one of the best, so they might not be able to rely on Breece Hall as much.
If Wilson can play and execute like he did against the Chiefs, the Jets should still be able to compete despite the injuries.
Bryce Hall/Craig James, CB, NY Jets
The injury bug has hit the Jets hard through the first six weeks. The team's top three outside corners will be out this week. Bryce Hall will start for the second straight week, and Craig James, fresh off the practice squad, will take the other side.
This cornerback duo matched up against A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith could be troublesome. The Jets' defensive line could only do so much, especially against the Eagles' offensive line — these corners are going to be tested.
The bye week after this game suddenly seems like very good timing for the Jets, who have many players looking to get healthy.
Max Mitchell, RT, NY Jets
With Alijah Vera-Tucker out for the season again, the Jets are looking for another offensive tackle. Max Mitchell filled in last week and will probably do so again this week. Mitchell did an admirable job filling in for Vera-Tucker last week, but the Eagles are a different test.
If Mitchell can’t hold his own, the Jets have some options to replace him. Billy Turner could fill in, Carter Warren, who was just activated, could fill in, they could move Mekhi Becton back to right tackle and put Duane Brown back at left tackle when he is eligible, or they could sign La’el Collins, who they worked out earlier this week.
Mitchell showed some flashes last season, and in his lone game this season, this week is a big opportunity for him to prove he can be trusted at right tackle.