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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The Eagles were in awful shape.
The team certainly did not expect to start the season 1-2, two games behind the division-rival Dallas Cowboys, but Thursday Night Football last week change that as the Eagles went to Green Bay with guns blazing.
On a short week, they defeated Aaron Rodgers at his best and one of the top secondaries in the league in Green Bay.
The Eagles, now 2-2, have had over a week to rest and prepare for the New York Jets. The Jets may be without their starting quarterback as well.
DT Tim Jernigan
Jernigan misses his third straight game, but is on the mend. He could be back as soon as next week, but he could also be out for another three games. In the meantime, Fletcher Cox will have to lead the interior pass rush with Akeem Spence, Hassan Ridgeway and Vinny Curry swapping in to assist.
WR DeSean Jackson
Jackson will miss another week as the team wants to be as careful as possible with him. They will miss the deep threat, but the Jets should be one of the easier games on the Birds schedule and the combination of Ertz, Goedert, Jeffery and Hollins should be more than enough to keep the Jets’ hands full.
CB Ronald Darby
Darby remains out and the team is left with just three healthy corners, two of which were not on the initial 53-man roster. His injury is one that Eagles fans hope affected his early season play so that his return could be a huge boost for the team.
CB Avonte Maddox
Andrew Sendejo put Maddox in the concussion protocol and left him suffering from a neck injury. His injury combines with those to Darby, Mills and LeBlanc leaves a desolated cornerback position.
CB Sidney Jones
There is hope that Jones can play, but the Eagles did promote Ray Lewis from the practice squad, so the team clearly is not banking on his being ready to play. Another blow to the cornerback position.
Week Five Preview: New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles
QB Sam Darnold
With Darnold again ruled out and Trevor Siemian out for the season, the Jets only quarterback is Luke Falk. Falk has thrown for 296 yard, zero touchdowns, an interception and has put up a 76.2 quarterback rating across his two games this season. He has also been sacked seven times. The Jets may try to lean on the run game, but with the way the Eagles defensive front has been stopping runs, Falk may need to try to make the difference for the Jets.
LB Jordan Jenkins
The Jets already have Avery Williamson out for the season with a torn ACL and have Brandon Copeland suspended for PED use. Jenkins being out means on top of that means Ertz and Goedert should have big days in the passing game and the Eagles ground game shouldn’t have much issue once they get to the second level.
LB CJ Mosley
Mosley is easily one of the Jets three best defensive players. His absence, especially combined with the aforementioned linebackers being absent, is huge and makes the Jets linebacking corps look like the Eagles cornerback room.
G Kelechi Osemele
The Jets offensive line isn’t very good with all their starters and Osemele is probably the most recognizable name because he is the best of the group. Fletcher Cox should have a big day, especially if Osemele is out.
DT Quinnen Williams
Williams has not played much since being the third pick of the draft, but if he is on the field, he will become one of the best players the Jets field on the defensive side of the field.
WR Demaryius Thomas
Thomas has been injured since 2018 and, after being cut by the Patriots, the team re-signed him and then the Jets traded away a pick for him. Certainly a questionable move for a team that seems to have no chance at competing for anything other than a top pick in the 2020 draft.
WR Josh Bellamy
Bellamy is pretty comparable to Mack Hollins. His absence could be big with other injuries, but it could also have very little impact.
TE Daniel Brown
Chris Herndon is the starter, but he is also suspended. Brown would be the second tight end to see the field, so his absence would limit the Jets having an effective 12 personnel and leave little backup to new starter Ryan Griffin.