The New York Jets (2013: 8-8 SU, 9-6-1 ATS; 2014: 2-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS) lost at home to their rival the New York Giants last week, 35-24 but did start out 10-7. The Philadelphia Eagles (2013: 10-7 SU, 8-9 ATS; 2014: 1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) got off the schnide last week, with a 31-21 win over Pittsburgh as their defense held the Steelers scoreless in the first half. On Thursday, the Eagles host the Jets from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 7pmET.
Preseason Point Spread: Philadelphia opened as a 3.5-point betting odds favorite and moved to 2.5 in most books. The total opened at 46.5 and moved to 44 in most books.
Geno Smith won’t play this week against the Eagles after having a pretty good preseason. That’s what Rex Ryan and his staff needed, which was improvement from their second-year quarterback.
Smith completed 23-of-33 for 268 yards with one touchdown and one interception in preseason. Last week, he completed 9-of-14 for 137 yards and one touchdown, directing the Jets to 10 points in six possessions.
Running back Chris Ivory led the Jets with 50 yards, while Chris Johnson added 42 on nine carries. Eric Decker caught a two-year touchdown reception from Michael Vick in the third quarter.
Vick threw for 35 yards, but threw just five passes. He’s expected to see some action in the final preseason game, before giving way to Matt Simms.
The Jets have a big issue in the secondary, where Dimitri Patterson was suspended for this game after not showing up for last week’s game. Former safety Antonio Allen suffered a concussion last week so he’ll likely miss the final game and Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) is questionable for the regular season opener. Rookie Dexter McDougle is out for the season as last week, the Jets used fourth-year veteran Darrin Walls and journeyman LaQuan Lewis at cornerback.
The Eagles will face former starter Michael Vick, who was replaced by Nick Foles last season. Foles will not play in this game after kind of a shaky preseason.
Foles threw for 179 yards last week (19-of-29) in extensive action against the Steelers, with one touchdown and one interception. He led the NFL last year with a 119.2 passer rating, the third-highest single-season mark in league history.
The Eagles will start Matt Barkley, who is the third string quarterback and is trying to beat out G.J. Kinne. Mark Sanchez, who completed 7-of-9 for 85 yards last week, has had an excellent preseason and is the number two quarterback.
The Eagles’ defense stepped up last week, allowing just 58 yards rushing to Pittsburgh on 17 carries. They had previously allowed 70 points in their first two games and that’s still a concern going into the first regular season game. But they made some strides by shutting Pittsburgh, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles’ backups were in.