Eagles Roll Over Jets Keep NFC East Hopes Alive

December 18th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Filed under Eagles, Football, General.

The playoff hopes might be slim, but the Philadelphia Eagles still have a glimmer of hope. A combination that included a healthy dose of good defense that grounded the Jets and gave the Eagles an early 28-0 lead.  There was a sense of uneasiness in the second quarter, but there was enough of a cushion to cover the mistakes that were yet again made on special teams.

Yes, the team was still very sloppy at times. Curtis Marsh apparently couldn’t hear Desean Jackson yelling to stop, thus giving Martin two straight weeks with a special teams mistake. Deon Lewis fumbled a kickoff and LeSean McCoy lost his first fumble of the season, both happened at inopportune times and gave the Jets the most momentum they had in the game. Yet the defense especially the line showed that last week was not a one time gig.

Mark Sanchez had a very pedestrian game (15/26, 150, 2/2) and Shonn Greene mustered 73 yards on 18 carries. The NY Jets offensive line was absolutely dominated by the Eagles. Even though they only had four total sacks, Sanchez had to face at times constant blitzing from Juan Castillo’s defense.

On the offensive side of the ball, Michael Vick ran a very efficient offense. There was the kind of balance that was on display during the wins over the Cowboys and the Redskins. Vick had 22 pass attempts to 18 handoffs at one point late in the game. The result? A much more efficient and flowing offense. Vick’s found his new favorite target Brent Celek five times for 156 yards and a touchdown. Celek now leads the team in receptions (49). To top things off for Vick he had his first rushing touchdown since the infamous Tuesday night game against the Vikings in week 16 last season.

Jason Babin gets the defensive game ball. He was a force, sacking Sanchez three times and raising his total on the season to 18. He now has nine quarters to get five sacks, which would break the record for most in season. Speaking of record setting, “Shady” McCoy now holds the mark for the most touchdowns scored in a season by a running back by scoring three times today. He got my offensive game ball after his 33 yard run early on in the fourth quarter. To top it off I’ll give Jim Washburn a game ball for another great week of defensive line play.

There still needs to be a lot of help for the Birds to claim the NFC East crown. The same Jets team that Philly just rolled over, has to host the Giants in what will be a neutral site game. Who knows though, the Giants looked downright awful today. An early Hakeem Nicks drop really set the tone for the offense for the rest of the afternoon. Somehow, someway the Redskins!? Took advantage of a flat Giants team. A Rex Ryan team can’t be embarrassed two weeks in a row and it is safe to say that the Jets will be ready to go on NBC Saturday night.

The Eagles draw the Cowboys in Dallas with now a lot riding on the line. I’ll say more about the match up in my preview article on Thursday, but obviously this is a very winnable game for the Eagles, especially with the trenches playing this well.

Somehow and someway week 16 now matters. There have been more than a handful of times this season where it appeared that it was time to look ahead to next season, but the cards are falling in place for the last two weeks to be at least interesting, which at this point is all Eagles fans could have hoped for.

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