Philadelphia Eagles (2-1; 2-1 ATS; 1-2 O/U) vs. New York Jets (1-2; 2-1 ATS: 1-2 O/U)
NFL Preseason: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:00pm EST
Line: New York -1.5
The New York Jets will host the Philadelphia Eagles as the clubs conclude their preseason schedule Thursday night from MetLife Stadium. The Eagles are coming off a solid 38-31 home win over the Dolphins, and the Jets were edged 32-31 by the Giants last Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Jets 14-6 in the final preseason game last season.
Eagles Offense Shines in Week Three Win
The Philadelphia Eagles did big damage in the air and on the ground in their 38-31 home win over the Dolphins last week. Carson Wentz was solid, connecting on 6 of 10 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The 24-year old quarterback is having a strong preseason, throwing for 241 yards with a 3:1 TD to INT ratio. Torrey Smith made one catch for 50 yards in his first catch of the preseason in the win. The 28-year old wide receiver tallied 267 receiving yards with the 49ers last season. Alshon Jeffrey made another two grabs for 35 yards, and he already appears to have nice chemistry with Wentz. The Eagles running game looked good, rushing for a team total of 152 yards with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 19 yards off four carries. The powerful back rushed for 1161 yards with the Patriots last season along with 18 touchdowns and looks poised for a big season. The Eagles allowed Miami to go 3 for 4 in the red zone last week, however they did make three interceptions. Jaylen Watkins made one of the interceptions. The 25-year old safety made 32 tackles and deflected three passes last season.
The Eagles scored an average of 22.9 points per game in 2016, ranking them in the middle at 16th overall. The Philadelphia defense allowed an average of 20.7 points per game last year, placing them 12th in the NFL.
Jets Offense Comes Alive in Loss to Giants
The New York Jets scored 28 points in the second half but it was not enough in a 32-31 loss to the New York Giants last weekend. Bryce Petty was outstanding, connecting on 15 of 18 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions, however he went down with an injured MCL. Christian Hackenberg struggled, going 12 for 21 for 126 yards with two interceptions, meaning all signs point to Josh McCown winning the starting job. McCown threw for 1100 yards with a subpar 6:6 TD to INT ratio in five games with the Browns last season, and he will be leading a weak offense. Matt Forte saw a good amount of playing time in the loss, rushing for 43 yards off 10 carries. The veteran running back recorded 813 rushing yards in 14 games last season. ArDarius Stewart had a solid game, making five catches for 82 yards. The 23-year old rookie wide receiver was drafted in the third round of this year’s draft out of Alabama and he should make an impact on a thin receiving core.
Last season, the Jets only averaged 17.2 points per game, ranking them down at 30th overall. The New York defense also struggled, allowing an average of 25.6 points per game, placing them down at 28th in the NFL.
The Philadelphia Eagles are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against the Jets.
The New York Jets are:
- No Key Trends
I am siding with the Eagles in this contest. The final preseason game will see many backups and third stringers play a majority of the game and the Jets lack offensive depth especially at running back, while overall the Eagles are the stronger offensive team. The Eagles offense has looked very promising through three preseason games, averaging a solid 27 points per game. The Jets scored seven and six points respectively in their first two games and I can’t see their offense doing a whole lot.
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles +1.5
The Jets offense has struggled in two of their three preseason games and the Eagles will likely not be playing any starters. This could be a sloppy game offensively and last season these two teams played to a 14-6 decision in the finale preseason game. The Jets defense has fared well in two of three preseason games, and the under is 5-2 in their last seven games. The Eagles are filled with depth defensively, making the under a strong play.