The Eagles at home at 1 p.m., favored by 13½ points, can move to 3-2 with a victory over the winless Jets.
The Eagles, favored by 13½ points, can move to 3-2 with a victory over the winless Jets on Sunday (1 p.m.) at the Linc.
After losing their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, indefinitely to mononucleosis following a Week 1 loss, the Jets then promptly lost backup Trevor Siemian for the season to an ankle injury early in a blowout loss to the Cleveland Browns the following week. That leaves third-stringer Luke Falk in charge until Darnold is cleared to return.
The Jets have never beaten the Eagles, who own a 10-0 record against them.
The 0-3 Jets were off in Week 4, but the Eagles also had extra time to prepare coming off a Thursday night game.
Prized free-agent acquisition Le’Veon Bell has not had any success in the running game, averaging 2.9 yards per carry with a long of 12. He is tied with Jamison Crowder for the team lead in receptions with 20.
After making a surprise decision in May to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was in on hiring new coach Adam Gase in the offseason, the Jets hired Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to take his place.
Despite their 0-3 record, the Jets have more than twice as many takeaways (seven) as giveaways (three).
Ravaged by injury for a second straight season at the cornerback position, the Eagles definitely will be without Jalen Mills (PUP list), Cre’Von LeBlanc (injured reserve), Ronald Darby (hamstring) and Avonte Maddox (neck/concussion) and likely will be without Sidney Jones (hamstring).
Also missing this game will be wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who last played in Week 2 and hasn’t caught pass since the season opener, and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
Their 34-27 win over the Packers in Week 4 was preserved by recently promoted cornerback Craig James’ pass breakup in the end zone in the closing seconds.
A two-headed monster has emerged at running back, with Jordan Howard (40 carries, 186 yards, three rushing TDs, one TD reception) and rookie Miles Sanders (45 carries, 178 yards) from Penn State.
Tight end Zach Ertz, who last season set an NFL record for receptions by a tight end, leads the team in receptions (24) and receiving yards (255), but does not have a touchdown yet.
Sanders has emerged as the top kickoff returner and is coming off a game in which he produced a 67-yard return that set up a touchdown.
Jake Elliott has been perfect on extra points (10-for-10) and field goals (4-for-4).
Five Jets to watch
Le’Veon Bell. Yes, the running back has struggled. But at some point he’s going to break out. Will it be against the Eagles, who have been excellent against the run in every game? Getting an early lead and then pounding the ball with Bell may be the Jets’ only chance to steal a win this week.
Sam Ficken. He’s the second kicker they’ve employed in this short regular season. Though he’s 2-for-2 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals, it doesn’t appear the Jets will give any kicker a long leash. So there will be pressure.
Neville Hewitt. Despite playing on the inside in their 3-4, this undersized linebacker (6-foot-2, 220) leads the Jets with 2.0 sacks and also has an interception.
Jamal Adams. Coming off a Pro Bowl season, this talented safety is second on the team in tackles (18) and has returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown this season. He was the sixth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jamison Crowder. The wide receiver was a high-volume producer for Washington before signing with the Jets in free agency. He and Bell lead the Jets with 20 receptions each.
Five Eagles to watch
Carson Wentz. The quarterback in his fourth season still gets so excited at the start of games that his adrenaline often forces errant passes until he can settle down. This has been one of the reasons for the Eagles notoriously poor first-quarter scoring output.
Alshon Jeffery. With DeSean Jackson having been ruled out, Jeffery should once again be the top target among the Eagles’ wide receivers.
Jason Peters. After unexpectedly showing up on the Eagles injury report (knee) on Thursday, their 37-year-old left tackle is “fine," according to Doug Pederson who said on Friday that he expects Peters to play. But with Pederson, one never knows.
Dallas Goedert. As their second tight end goes, so goes the Eagles’ running game. Goedert also is dangerous in the passing game and should get more involved with the offense as the season wears on.
Derek Barnett. The defensive end also has been playing through some pain (groin injury) that limited him in practice this week. If he can’t go, rookie Shareef Miller could be up for the first time.
Jets: LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), LB C.J. Mosley (groin) and G Kelechi Osemele (shoulder, knee) did not practice Thursday. LB Tarell Basham (dehydration), WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), TE Daniel Brown (ankle), RB Trenton Cannon (hamstring, ankle), QB Sam Darnold (illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and DT Quinnen Williams (ankle) were limited. Darnold has been ruled out.
Eagles: CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot) and CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck) are out. T Jason Peters (knee) and DE Derek Barnett (groin) are expected to play.
Because CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable, the Eagles on Friday promoted CB Ryan Lewis from the practice squad and waived/injured TE Alex Ellis in a corresponding move.
The quarterback shouldn’t matter for the Jets in this game. They’re probably losing it either way. The only question is by how much.
More to the point, I don’t think it matters who quarterbacks the Jets when it comes to covering the 13 1/2-point spread, which to me is much too much for any opponent who comes into the Linc these days.
Just because the Eagles won in Green Bay in Week 3 doesn’t mean they still don’t have all kinds of problems.
Eagles 27, Jets 20