December 2, 2023

Undefeated No More — Eagles Fall to Jets 20-14


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That was one of the worst Eagles games in the Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni era. The Eagles did everything they could to hand that game to the Jets, and they did just that.

That was an embarrassing performance from the Eagles today on the offensive side of the ball. Luckily for the Eagles, the 49ers lost as well, so they did not lose any ground in the pursuit of the number one seed. But with a ton of tough games coming up, this was one the Eagles should have easily won.

Poor Decisions by Hurts

Jalen Hurts second-half performance was one of his worst since becoming a Philadelphia Eagle. He finished the game 28/45 with 281 yards and 3 interceptions. The first interception should not count against Jalen as it was a fluke-tipped ball that was not his fault. For the other two interceptions, however, he deserves blame for. On the second interception, he held onto the ball in the pocket for way too long, got hit, and threw up a floating duck. While the offensive line deserves blame for the second interception as well, Hurts took way too long to get the ball out. The last interception was one of the worst interceptions we have seen him make in the NFL. He started down the receiver and threw the ball right to the Jets defender. This is not the first time Hurts has thrown a costly late interception this season. In week 1 against the Patriots, he almost threw the game away with a late interception, but the defense bailed him out. Turnovers have been a massive issue for Hurts all season long, and it finally came back to bite him.

Hurts was running for his life for a lot of the second half because of offensive line injuries, but when it was time to go and win the game he failed twice. When you pay a Quarterback top-end money you expect him to put together drives late to win close games. Hurts did not do that tonight. On the last offensive play of the game for the Eagles he was super late getting the ball out on a deep shot to Devonta Smith. On the end zone shot of the play, Hurts had time and looked like he had Smith open, but he didn’t pull the trigger until later and it ended up being incomplete. Hurts needs to get the turnover problem under control quickly. The Eagles did not score a single point in the second half, and the Quarterback has to take a lot of the blame.

Questionable Offensive Playcalling

While Brian Johnson had seemed to get into a rhythm with play-calling recently, he and Nick Sirianni take a lot of the blame for today’s loss as well. The play that sticks out to me is the last offensive play of the game for the Eagles. Why is the play designed for a deep shot to Smith on 4th down? You have just about two minutes left in the game and a timeout, why are you trying a deep shot there? The Eagles run, pass ratio was way off today as well. Yes, the Jets’ corners were not playing, but the offense needs to be a more balanced attack. Ultimately you need to pass the ball to win, but 45 passes and 22 runs is way off the ratio this team should have.

“Its the Whole Team”

The biggest takeaway from this game may be how many players left with injuries for the Eagles. The Eagles lost Lane Johnson, Reed Blankenship, Eli Ricks, and Bradley Roby. The biggest player to leave is Lane Johnson. We saw that the Eagles offense collapsed after Johnson left the game, and if he misses a lot of time the Eagles will have to upgrade that position. The Eagles were already without Jalen Carter and Darius Slay for this game, but I thought the defense played well. Despite the offense’s 4 turnovers, the defense gave up just 20 points. 7 of those points the Jets only had 6 yards to go to score after the interception, so it was really 12. Hopefully, these injuries will not keep the players out for long as the Eagles have a tough schedule coming up.

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