The Philadelphia Eagles are set to continue their 2015 NFL season schedule versus the New York Jets on Sunday. The new-look Jets have gotten off to a good start this year by winning both of their first two games. The 0-2 Eagles have not gotten off to such a great start.
But maybe there's still some hope for the Birds. Today, we're going to look at why a Jets writer thinks the Eagles might have a chance to win this game. This format forces us to consider each team's weaknesses, rather than just think of why each team is awesome.
So here's why the Jets will lose, as written by Jets writer John Butchko. Check out Gang Green Nation to see why I think the Eagles could lose (spoiler: there are plenty of reasons).
Why The Jets Will Lose
1. The Eagles aren't going to turn the ball over five times.
I expect the Jets to play at a high level defensively through the entire season. I also expect them to be a ballhawking, playmaking unit. With that said, registering five turnovers as they have done in the first two games is unsustainable. While the defense has played a big role in some of them, others have been unforced offensive errors. These have changed the games a lot. I don't think the Eagles are going to have so many drives end in catastrophic fashion.
Key players like Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, and Chris Ivory are on the injury report this week. The team asks a lot of these three. Even if they play but are affected, it could make a big impact.
3. The Eagles need this game more.
The Jets have a trip across the Atlantic Ocean next week for a divisional game. Even if they lose to Philly and win that game, they finish the first quarter of their season 3-1 and are undefeated in conference play. Given the state of the NFC East, the Eagles are far from out of things on paper even if they lose. I still get the impression this is an important game for them. They can get a better vibe around their team and start to build some confidence. Sometimes urgency plays a big role in deciding these games.
4. The Jets are coming off a short week.
The Eagles are a unique opponent. It's less than ideal to lose a day of preparation after a Monday night game.
5. The Eagles aren't as bad as they've been made out to be.
Two weeks ago, a lot of people were expecting big things from this team. While there are no guarantee things will turn around, sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem. They lost a road game by 2 points. Then they played a game against a division rival that was tight for more than a half that was swung by a special teams play. Both of these opponents are now 2-0. This is still a team that can go out and play well Sunday.