When and where: Week 5, Philadelphia
Last season: 4-12. Offense: Scoring 23rd, Yards 29th, DVOA 29th Defense: Scoring 29th, Yards 25th, DVOA 21st
Notable additions: Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, CJ Mosley, HC Adam Gase
Notable losses: James Carpenter, Isaiah Crowell, Jermaine Kearse, Buster Skrine, HC Tod Bowles
What are they good at? Being the Jets. To the delight of many Jets fans, they got rid of Todd Bowles. But they replaced him with Adam Gase, who they watched stink in Miami. To the delight of even more Jets fans, they got rid of Mike Maccagnan, who did things like draft Christian Hackenberg. But they did so in one of the dumbest ways possible, firing him after the draft and free agency, where he did things like sign Le’Veon Bell, and then it turns out that Adam Gase didn’t like that signing. Which is why they fired Maccagnan. Maybe they should have figured that out in January, not May. And as if they needed more room for embarrassment, they hired Gregg Williams, who should be out of the league. But that’s the Jets.
As for 2019, they could be better just by adding some legitimate players on offense, but their ceiling is whatever Sam Darnold is.
What are they bad at?
The Jets were consistently bad at everything last year, and it’s not that hard to see them repeating this year. Even their marquee signing has issues.
In his previous four seasons Le’Veon Bell has been top four in touches, the one season he wasn’t he missed 10 games. He missed four games in 2016 and still had the fourth most touches in the league. He of course had zero touches in 2018 because he sat out the year. He very well may not have lost a step, and by the time Week 5 rolls around, he should be as up to speed as he can be. But there’s no guarantee that a high workload running back who hasn’t played in a year is going to seamlessly return.
And even if he does, it may not matter. The Jets will go as far as Sam Darnold takes them, and in 2018 he wasn’t terrible, but he struggled with interceptions, which isn’t surprising for a rookie. But he was also lucky he didn’t have more, only two other QBs had more dropped interceptions. Plenty of QBs struggle in their rookie and then get a hell of a lot better in their second season. But a whole lot don’t.
Why the Eagles will win
The Jets are bad. The Eagles are good. I don’t think we need to spend any more time on this.
Why the Eagles will lose
Because they’re frauds. That would be the only reason they should lose this game. It’s at home, it follows TNF so they get extra rest and preparation, and they’re the better team from top to bottom.
Who wins the Eagles-Jets game?
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