Jets Grab Historic First Win vs. Eagles from Jaws of Defeat
New York Jets fans are flying like high into the bye week. Who could blame them after Gang Green posted a historic come-from-behind, 20-14 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles — the franchises first ever regular season victory against the City of Brotherly Love.
Playing the role of the hero on Sunday night was a little known safety named Tony Adams. With the Jets missing a number of its key pieces on defense, Adams stepped up and delivered the game changing play that nobody saw coming.
The Eagles looked poised to hand the Jets a bitter 14-12 defeat until Adams stepped in front of a Jalen Hurts pass and picked it off with 1:50 to in the game.
On the next play, Philly allowed Jets running back Breece Hall to score; New York quickly converted a two-point conversion to make it 20-14.
With 1:46 to go the Jets defense had to make one last stand, and did they ever. They forced three incompletions from Hurts, including a desperation heave that was knocked away by Jordan Whitehead to seal it.
How impressive was the Jets defensive performance?
- The Jets pitched a shutout in the second half.
- The Jets forced four Eagles turnovers, three of them on interceptions.
- The three interceptions thrown by Hurts were the most since November 28, 2021 against the Giants.
- The closest the Eagles got to the Jets red zone in the second half, they were forced to kick a field goal, which they missed.
And to think the Jets with three members of the defense out with injuries. Sauce Gardner was out with a concussion, while Brandon Echols and D.J. Reed were out with undisclosed injuries.
At 3-3 the Jets head into their bye looking like a real threat to be a postseason team. When Gang Green comes out of that bye they will face the New York Giants in the battle of the Meadowlands.
Aaron Rodgers Return?
Meanwhile, there might have been signs of a potential miracle for Jets fans.
While Zach Wilson has held his own the past six weeks, Aaron Rodgers was seen soft tossing in pre-game warm-ups without an air cast nor crutches. He looked comfortable.
Rodgers is expected to miss the season, but he has said since the injury he believes he could return in January. It appears he’s well ahead of schedule on his prediction.