A preview of Sunday’s Jets-Eagles NFL Week 6 game at MetLife Stadium:
Eagles offensive line vs. Jets defensive line
While it feels like both New York teams have been rebuilding their offensive lines for a decade, the Eagles come into this game with the best offensive line in football.
From the way Jets head coach Robert Saleh talked about them this week, they might be the best offensive line he’s ever seen.
“I feel like they’ve been together for 20 years now,” Saleh said. “They used the same pattern, the same techniques, the same five. So the amount of continuity that they have, you can see it in the way they play, the way they adapt from one series to the next. It’s almost like you’re playing the Peyton Manning of the offensive line. You may hit them once, but I promise you they will make the adjustment and fix it, and they know how to do it. It’s pretty cool to watch them play, especially when you watch chronologically from the first game to the end of the game and how they adjust on the fly and what defenses try to do to take advantage, but it’s a special group.
For the Jets, this should be a matchup of strength versus strength.
The defensive line is the Jets’ best unit and has caused havoc in games this year.
Quinnen Williams, Jermaine Johnson, John Franklin-Myers and Bryce Huff have all had a strong start to the season.
This will be a big test against a line led by center Jason Kelce.
The Jets know that if they don’t stop the run, it will be a long day.
This is a terrible game for the Jets.
They want to throw the ball; the Eagles have the #1 run defense in the NFL.
The defense is strong against the pass and weaker against the run; the Eagles ate up the league’s No. 2 offense.
Everything is shaping up to be a long day for the Jets.
Eagles 31, Jets 10
Breece the Beast: Jets running back Breece Hall broke out last week against the Broncos – rushing for a career-high 177 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown.
It was a sign of the formula the Jets must follow to win games.
Lots of Hall and a good defense can carry this team.
“I felt like he had a major X button,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “He burst through the hole and for us, because he broke a few, we thought he might get caught, and he wasn’t going to get caught on that one. So, I thinks his strength, power and ability to put his foot in the ground makes him a very special fullback.
But it won’t be as easy this week. The Eagles enter this game with the #1 rushing defense in football, allowing a measly 61.1 yards per game on the ground.
Reverse the “Tush Push”: One of the biggest stories of the last two seasons with the Eagles has been their success with their rugby-style quarterback sneaks, aka the “tush push.”
The Eagles made it 37 of 41 times last season and are 13 of 16 this year, according to ESPN.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh said of Jalen Hurts running the game this week: “We were able to hug him 11 times.”
The Jets are fired up to try to stop the game.
“They’ve had a lot of success,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “I know it sounds twisted, but I can’t wait to see what we can do about it.”
Disarm the explosives: The Jets defense has been hurt by big plays several times this season.
The Broncos had eight plays of 20 yards or more last week, including a 38-yard run by Jaleel McLaughlin.
This came a week after the Chiefs hit the Jets for four plays of 30 yards or more, including two touchdowns.
“Unique pieces attract us, you know what I mean?” said Ulbrich. “We dropped some explosives in the last couple of weeks, which really threw the numbers and stats out of whack. So we have to eliminate them. It’s better execution, better calls, all of that.
Online shuffle: The Jets suffered another blow to their offensive line last week when right tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Saleh kept it secret who would take Vera-Tucker’s spot this week, but Max Mitchell is the leading candidate, who stepped in last week in Denver.
The loss of Vera-Tucker is significant.
Mitchell struggled in training camp at right tackle, and the Jets opted to move Vera-Tucker from guard to tackle after Duane Brown was injured rather than playing Mitchell at tackle.
That shows you how much they trust him.
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