There is no sugarcoating this grim Jets’ reality
PHILADELPHIA — If we’re being honest here, the Jets have little (to no) chance of defeating the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
I know it. You know it. The Jets know it. The Eagles know it.
Here are, however, a few things that might give the Jets (0-3) a chance of upsetting the Eagles (2-2), who happen to be a two-touchdown favorite:
- If the Eagles’ pregame meal consists of cheesesteaks made with meat and cheese that were left over from the Veterans Stadium refrigerators.
- If the Eagles are quarterbacked by the Philly Phanatic instead of Carson Wentz.
- If the Eagles sub out their roster with Phillies players, since their baseball season is over.
- If the Jets can borrow whichever players they choose from the Lions and Dolphins (both of whom have a bye this week), beginning with Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, and add them to the gameday roster as needed.
None of these things, of course, is possible. But you get the point.
The football gods have spat all over the Jets in this first month of the season — lowlighted by their franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold (mono) and their most important defensive player, linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin pull), about to miss their third consecutive game.
And, as if the Jets don’t have enough negative mojo sabotaging their existence, there’s this: They’re 0-10 against the Eagles in the all-time series, which is tied for the most losses without a win against a single opponent in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
This seems like piling on.
When Jets coach Adam Gase was asked this week if he was aware of that dubious statistic, he said, “No.’’
Then he added, “It’s irrelevant. Do you think they care?’’
The Eagles, who are superior to the Jets both in talent and depth, don’t need to care. The depleted Jets are merely a low-lying speed bump on the Eagles’ schedule.
Not even the loss of starting receiver DeSean Jackson to an abdominal strain is cause for alarm in Philadelphia. The Eagles probably can beat the Jets without using any receivers.
Have we mentioned the Jets are starting practice squad quarterback Luke Falk for the second consecutive game?
Asked what he learned about Falk from the 30-14 loss to the Patriots two weeks ago, Gase said with a smirk: “I know he can take a shot.’’
And Gase didn’t mean down the field.
The Jets looked noncompetitive in that loss. It did not matter what the score was, you never had the feeling the Jets had any chance to win the game. It felt like a single New England field goal would have held up against that Jets offense.
“That was not a good day for us,’’ Gase conceded. “At the end of the day, [the Patriots] played so much better than us and we didn’t play good at all. It was hard to watch. It was hard to call. None of us did a good job that day. We need to be more competitive.’’
Can the Jets be more competitive Sunday?
The Eagles average 357.8 yards of offense per game to the Jets’ 196.7. The Eagles are converting 56.1 percent on third downs while the Jets are converting just 20.9 percent. The Eagles have scored 14 offensive touchdowns in four games, and the Jets have produced one in three games.
“It sucks,’’ right guard Brian Winters said. “It’s never fun to have that as your stat.’’
Nor is being 0-3 with upcoming games at Philadelphia (2-2), home against Dallas (3-1) and New England (4-0), then at Jacksonville (2-2). An 0-7 start is hardly out of the question before the Jets get a respite on Nov. 3 at Miami, which actually is trying to lose games.
“I hope we can move forward and start winning games,’’ Winters said, “because I’m sick of losing.’’
Like mononucleosis can be, losing is contagious.
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