As far as one-sided rivalries go, this one takes the cake. The Eagles are 10-0 versus the Jets all-time. This is the current active longest winning streak by a franchise over the other and it has spanned over four decades and counting.
The Eagles and Jets first met in 1973, which the Eagles won by a point: 24-23. After a 27-0 shutout in their next meeting four years later, the series would become a lot more competitive. The Eagles would win by margins of 8, 11, 5, 1, 7, and 7 until another blowout in 2011: a 45-19 spanking of Rex Ryan’s Jets.
Their most recent meeting in 2015 was another close game: a seven-point victory for Chip Kelly’s Eagles. Philadelphia did not have a better record than the Jets in their last three meetings. And in recent years, save for 2017, the Jets and Eagles have either been equal or the Jets were better.
For the foreseeable future, the Eagles should continue to own the Jets. But the Jets’ return to relevance will continue to make the series somewhat competitive.
New York Jets Recent History
Half a century after the famous 1968 Super Bowl and the Jets haven’t done much as a franchise. “Broadway Joe” Namath made the guarantee and won Super Bowl MVP leading the Jets past the seemingly unstoppable Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
While Namath’s exploit was legendary, he, like the Jets, didn’t do so much afterwards. The Jets would spend the vast majority of their existence with losing records. Rex Ryan would briefly lead the Jets to a resurgence during the late 2000’s but back-to-back conference championship appearances were the best the Jets could muster.
Following his exit, the Jets turned to Bowles, who has managed to push the team to go over expectations. Yet working with one of the least-talented rosters in the NFL and the Jets have yet to crawl out of the AFC East’s basement.
Philadelphia Eagles Recent History
The Eagles were mildly successful during the pre-Super Bowl years of the NFL. While they had three NFL Championships to their name, they were hardly a dynasty and were mostly a losing franchise. Around the ’70s was when things started to turn around mostly due to coach Dick Vermeil.
Vermeil and the late ’70s Eagles made their first Super Bowl appearance in 1980 and although they lost, they kickstarted an era where Philadelphia would become a renowned franchise once more. They would be perennial playoff contenders and when Andy Reid took over in 1999, the Eagles won consecutive division titles and returned to the Super Bowl.
The Eagles finally completed won the Super Bowl in 2017, Doug Pederson’s second season. The Eagles took everyone by surprise finishing in the top-four in both offence and defence and running schemes that confounded many teams including the Patriots. They’ve reached the summit and could stay there so long as Pederson keeps it all together.
New York Jets Outlook
To this day, Namath remains the Jets’ greatest quarterback although everyone is hoping Darnold will soon change that. The Jets traded a lot to move up to number three in the 2018 NFL Draft to take the USC signal caller. Hopefully, he pans out, unlike the previous USC quarterback they took: Mark Sanchez.
There is no rush to get Darnold to play. He is only 21 and has not one but two quarterbacks to potentially learn from: Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. The two will be competing for the starting job although it’s most likely one will be cut or traded come mid-season.
New York also added several low-cost veterans like Trumaine Johnson (CB) and Courtney Upshaw to improve the defence. The Jets’ stop unit won’t blow anyone away but is decent enough to keep them in games. As for the offence, it remains a work in progress.
Philadelphia Eagles Outlook
The Eagles lost plenty of pieces in the offseason, mostly on offence. Gone are tight ends Trey Burton and Brent Celek, receiver Torrey Smith and running back LeGarrette Blount. In their place is a combination of signings like Mike Wallace (WR) and draft picks like Dallas Goedert (TE).
The defence is also undergoing some changes. Philadelphia’s biggest loss is linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who had an outstanding 2017. But they are getting back Jordan Hicks from injury and added veterans Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata to their already-stacked defensive line.
Wentz will return and it’s curious to see what the Eagles do with Super Bowl hero Nick Foles. Either way, the unsung hero for the team is their offensive line led by Lane Johnson (OT) and Brandon Brooks (OG). Philadelphia continues to add depth despite already having prolific starters. This team is a dynasty in the making.
Not many teams can roll out two units and not lose a beat but that’s why Philadelphia is a Super Bowl champion. Wentz will lead the first unit’s offence for at least one-half of the game. He’ll still be shaking off the rust and adjusting to new players like Wallace and tight end Richard Rodgers.
The Jets will counter with McCown or Bridgewater. McCown is the more prolific of the two and is more familiar with the team having played from 2017 but Bridgewater’s incentive-laden contract could see him push harder. Either way, the two will have a rough time trying to get anything going against this Eagles defence.
The Eagles have one of the stoutest defensive lines and their linebackers, despite losing some key players, aren’t half bad. They should push the Jets’ offence and prevent whoever is playing from moving the chains too much.
If Philadelphia controls the game, they can allow their gang of running backs to seal the game. Their second unit will be led by Foles and will still have the benefit of decent targets and a solid line. There’s little reason Philly loses this game.