One of the league's worst run defenses faces the league's best rushing offense in Week 13. What could go wrong? The NY Jets host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and hope to pick up their fourth win of the season.
They hope to make a bit of history as well.
The Jets have beaten every team in the NFL except for the Eagles — New York is 0-11 against Philadelphia in the regular season. The last meeting between the two teams was in 2019 when the Eagles won 31-6 at home.
This year, Philadelphia has been gradually ramping up their running game with quarterback Jalen Hurts, who leads the team with 695 rushing yards. The Eagles average a league-high 157.9 rushing yards per game, surpassing even the run-heavy offenses in Baltimore and Cleveland.
Hurts and the other Eagles' ball carriers have been nearly unstoppable in their last five games, recording 207 carries for 1,081 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
By contrast, the Jets' run defense hasn't been as porous as it was against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8, but New York still ranks at the bottom of the NFL in most statistical categories.
NY Jets could notch first franchise win against Eagles in Week 13
So far, the Jets have allowed opposing teams to score 20 rushing touchdowns (32nd in the league) and have allowed 10 rushes of 20-plus yards (31st in the league).
This game won't just be decided on the ground, though. Two quarterbacks will also face off with equally young and promising receiving corps.
Jalen Hurts, who has been nursing an ankle injury, will likely start under center, targeting first-rounder DeVonta Smith downfield. If Hurts isn't ready to go, backup Gardner Minshew will step up in his place.
Can Wilson lead New York to its first ever win over Philadelphia, or will the Eagles' defense feast?
The odds are in Philly's favor, but the Jets have a golden opportunity to make history (for the right reasons).