What a game. Against all of the odds, the NY Jets get a huge win over the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. This is the first time the Jets have defeated the Eagles in their franchise’s history. The Jets now head into the bye week at 3-3.
The Jets have victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Eagles and were a couple of plays away from beating the Kansas City Chiefs. Who could have predicted that?
Here are three quick hitters from the Week 6 win over the Eagles.
The NY Jets defense stepped up
As I mentioned before the game, a couple of issues the Jets' defense has had this season were still apparent in this game. In the first few series of the game, they struggle on third downs and have some tackling issues. That was the case this week, but they turned it around massively after the Eagles' second touchdown.
The defense forced four turnovers in this game. There were a few points it looked like the game could get out of hand, but the Jets defense made some big plays to keep the Eagles out of the end zone.
Even without Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, the defense was elite today. Bryce Hall and Craig James played as well as you could hope against the duo of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Bryce Huff had another great game — he finished with 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, and a tackle for loss.
The Jets defense has seen some criticism, but they were fantastic today. This game should not have been as close as it was.
The Jets' defense played great today and was undoubtedly the reason they won the game. The offense made it a lot closer than it should have been.
Similar to last week, Greg Zuerlein was forced to make four field goals within the range of 35 to 43 yards. The offense has to start finishing drives with touchdowns.
From the first look, I thought Zach Wilson played alright. He was not good, but I don't think he was the main reason the offense was not working. The offensive line was not very good, and there were several drops. He did take a couple of costly sacks, but the most important thing is that he took care of the ball.
The Wilson of the last few years would have thrown a bone-headed interception or fumbled on one of the sacks, and it would have cost the Jets the game.
The injuries continued to pile up on the Jets offense. Joe Tippmann was out with a thigh injury, and Garrett Wilson left the game a few times. The bye week is coming at a good time for the Jets to get healthy.
The Jets beat the undefeated Eagles, and are now 3-3, which nobody expected to happen.
Still, the most surprising takeaway from this game might be about Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was not only walking without crutches but was throwing before the game. He even stood on the sidelines for the entire game with a headset on.
I always thought the idea of him playing again this season was just wishful thinking, but that is insane. He is not even five weeks removed from tearing his Achilles.
Now, walking and playing catch is a far way away from playing football, but the Jets are back in the playoff hunt. If Rodgers can make it back this season, that would be nothing short of miraculous.