By Ed Spencer – Philadelphia Eagles Writer
The Jets fall apart again and the Eagles soar once more in the temple of Wentz.
While the rain poured down on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first of four NFL International Series games, over 3,539 miles away in Philadelphia, the Eagles played the Jets in what was a horrific mismatch.
The Jets were still without Sam Darnold and, with full-time back-up Trevor Siemion out as well, the Jets would have to rely on Luke Falk and David Fales to break their winless run. But instead, both QBs got to roll around in the soaked turf as the Eagles defense threw them to the floor like a dog’s chew-toy for a superb 10 sacks.
Falk did end up throwing a touchdown. Unfortunately, it was to the team playing in midnight green rather than gang green and white as Philly linebacker Nathan Gerry intercepted Falk’s pass and converted a pick-six to open up a 21-zip lead at the end of the first half.
The Eagles had no problems on offense either. Wentz slung to Zach Ertz who bagged his first touchdown of the new season, as well as running back Jordan Howard scoring in the first half from the goal line.
Things didn’t get any better for the Jets but they still held the Eagles to a field goal and picked up a touchdown courtesy of Vyncint Smith but, in typical Jets fashion, they were unable to convert for two.
Falk ended up fumbling a pass that former Dallas Cowboys Orlando Scandrick picked off, with the 11-year veteran cornerback out of Boise State scoring to pour on more Jets misery.
Eventually, the Jets ended The Falk Experiment and stuck David Fales. It made no difference in the Jets’ game though as Fales was sacked on his first drive.
The Eagles now move back into the driving seat of the NFC East after the Cowboys lost to the Packers while the Jets remain at the bottom of the AFC East.
Eagles top performer
Magic Wentz was back to his best against the hapless Jets, throwing for a touchdown and having a passer rating of 89.6, but his performance was part of a great collective team effort that could yet save their once-flagging playoff aspirations.
Jets top performer
The small pocket of Jets fans who turned up, despite the rain, to watch a putrid effort from their J-E-T-S.
A win is a win, as the old phrase goes, and although it is pleasing to see the Eagles take victory, there shouldn’t be too much celebrating – it was only the hapless Jets, after all. The next three games, against the Vikings, Cowboys and Bills, will be a sterner test for the Eagles’ playoff hopes.
Feature Picture – Credit: Yong Kim/Philadelphia Enquirer