Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) at New York Jets (5-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 31, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Jets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 36.5
Out at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets will be wrapping up their NFL preseason activities.
The Eagles are 2-1 in the preseason so far. Philly lost to the Packers in the opener 24-9, then beat the Bills 20-16 in Week 2. In the Dolphins game, the Eagles took a 38-31 victory thanks to a solid 22-of-26 line from QB Matt McGloin for 155 yards, a TD and a pick. Torrey Smith (50-yard TD) and Corey Clement (nine carries; 42 yards; TD) also had good games.
Philadelphia is coming off a disappointing 7-9 season and a fourth-place finish in a tough NFC East during 2016. The Eagles are hoping to reverse their fortunes this year, signing WRs Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery in the offseason along with OG Chance Warmack and DE Chris Long.
Over on the Jets’ side, they are currently 1-2 in the preseason thus far. New York won their opener versus the Titans 7-3, then lost to the Lions 16-6 and the Giants 32-31. In that “Snoopy Bowl,” the Jets gave up 19 straight points and were down 29-3 at halftime. Bryce Petty had a great outing statistically however, with 15-of-18 passing, 250 yards and three TDs (and a near-serious injury).
New York is looking to rebound after an ugly 5-11 campaign last year that left them in the basement of the AFC East. The Jets will look very different this year roster-wise, with WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker gone along with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. New York used their first two draft picks on safeties this year in an attempt to bolster their porous secondary.
Both teams have some injury situations to watch. The Eagles had 11 players out of practice on Sunday, but expect to get 10 of them back for this game (Sidney Jones being the exception). As for the Jets, they will be watching Petty’s knee this week, as well as DE Leonard Williams’ wrist.
The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last six games on fieldturf, and 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games. The over is 11-1 in the Eagles’ last 12 road games and 4-1 in the Eagles’ last five games overall.
The over is 6-2 in the Eagles’ last eight Thursday games, and the over is 21-8 in the Eagles last 29 games on field turf. The under is 5-2 in the Jets’ last seven games overall.
Week 4 preseason games are probably the most inaccurate of all when it comes to gauging NFL teams. We’ll be seeing a lot of third- and fourth-string names here, and very little from the impact players. All things considered, however, the Eagles seem to be a deeper and more seasoned team, so I’ll take Philly for the win here.