This game is particularly difficult to predict because it might not mean anything to the Eagles by 4:15 this afternoon. We’ll see. Here’s our best guesses as to what’s going to go down in South Philly today.
Bob Wankel: This game is about trends. Do the Eagles remain unbeaten against the Jets? Do they continue their stretch are remarkably piss-poor play in front of their fans? Do they continue to torture their fans with “what-ifs” with a spirited win? Or do they fail to put up a quality display in consecutive weeks yet again?
I think it’s a tight game. And I think whether or not the Eagles are mathematically alive will play a big role in how they play. Something tells me the Eagles are eliminated come kick off, and things are going to get nasty in South Philly this afternoon when the sun goes down. I’ll take the Jets, 27-16. Check out a different take after the jump.
Steve Fini: Talk about hype versus hype. Both teams came into the season with lofty expectations, but take away Vince Young’s dumb “dream team” reference and it was mostly ESPN and other teams talking about the Eagles. For the Jets, most of the hype has come from within the organization. Head coach Rex Ryan publicly picked his team as Super Bowl champs for the third year in a row. It’s great he has confidence, but do you really need to come out and tout your team with meaningless predictions, Rex?
The Eagles are virtually out of the playoffs, while the Jets, a team that would be the sixth-seed in the AFC Playoffs if the season ended today, can still fall from that spot. On the field it looks like a good matchup. The Eagles love to throw the football and the Jets have the best corner in the game to stop it. The Jets love to run the ball and the Eagles…well…don’t even try to stop it. It should be a close game. Shonn Greene will probably be gain over 100 yards, but it won’t matter. I’m counting on the Eagles defense to play inspired football for consecutive weeks and force Mark Sanchez into some turnovers. And how about this one–Nnamdi Asomugha outplays Darrelle Revis, who gets burned deep at least once today. I feel the Eagles take it, 24-21.