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Week 5 Game Recap: New York Jets 6, Philadelphia Eagles 31
What you need to know
The early bye week didn’t help, especially as head coach Adam Gase decided to give a questionable Sam Darnold
all the first team reps prior to Friday, when he had to give them to Luke Falk
as Darnold’s spleen was still too enlarges for him to play. The utterly predictable playcalling is killing LeVeon Bell
’s value as well, as even he can’t find room to run. The only thing saving his fantasy production even slightly is the fact that he is seeing lots of targets, and catching most of them. Beyond him, Robby Anderson
is hurt, Jamison Crowder
is now an afterthought and nobody else is stepping up. Chris Herndon
returns from suspension soon, but you can’t trust his situation will be worth anything, certainly not in his few game or two as he plays back into shape.
The Eagles coasted to the comfortable Week 5 win over the toothless Jets. Never challenged by the Jets offense on the scoreboard, the Eagles defense controlled the game and did not require much from the Eagles run or pass games to secure the home win. The firm backfield committee remained intact between Jordan Howard
and Miles Sanders
and no receiver topped even 60 yards. Miles Sanders
exceling in the passing game as been a notable addition in recent weeks and with Darren Sproles
sustaining an injury, Sanders’ five targets in Week 5 look to be a more common occurrence than earlier in the season.
New York Jets
|QB Luke Falk, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 26 - 120 - 0 TD / 2 INT|
Head coach Adam Gase decided to go all in on the chance he might get Sam Darnold
back, giving the second year quarterback all the first team reps until Darnold was ruled out Thursday. That left one day to get Falk ready — and a day which is usually light and a walk through — and the effect was obvious. Falk looked awful, and unprepared behind a really bad offensive line. His passes were inaccurate even when they weren’t rushed, he looked like he couldn’t sense pressure and the only target he had any luck hitting was Le’Veon Bell. His worst moment – and there were many – was a pick six in the first quarter. Again, the offensive line is terrible, allowing 10 sacks including a strip-sack returned for a touchdown, and even Darnold would have struggled behind it, but Falk was done no favors with the light workload in practice and was not prepared for the game.
|RB LeVeon Bell, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 43 - 0, Rec: 7 - 45 - 0 (9 targets)|
There’s only so much Bell can do with no offensive line blocking and a stacked box on every down. He was able to break off one decent length run of 13 yards, and he is catching plenty of ball — saving his production from a complete disaster — but the Eagles knew he was the only weapon for this offense and keyed on him relentlessly, containing him nearly all game.
Once again, Montgomery is less than an afterthought on offense, with just eight snaps and two carries. One he grabbed two yards while the other he was dropped for a loss.
Powell was dressed – that’s the best you can say about him, as he saw just two snaps on offense and carried the ball only once in the fourth quarter.
Thomas led the team in yards, though not catches, as he lined up outside and Jamison Crowder
moved back to the slot. He had a bad drop that should have been a touchdown and was the target on one of Falk’s interceptions. He looks like he isn’t hampered by the hamstring which had sidelined him since early in the Week 2 game against Cleveland.
Crowder is back in the slot, but that really didn’t result in anything. He saw almost no passes as Luke Falk
locked onto Demaryius Thomas
and LeVeon Bell
. Even when he got separation, Falk never saw him.
A wide receiver by trade, Smith is only notable for the fact that he scored on an end around with some excellent blocking downfield in the fourth quarter when the Eagles were well in control. He saw just seven snaps total on offense and no other action.
Anderson is mostly a vertical threat and with Luke Falk
under constant duress, the speedy receiver never had time to get open. The Jets haven’t tried to stretch the field much anyway, and the offensive line issues just make that worse.
|TE Ryan Griffin, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)|
Griffin was the target on a failed two-point conversion, but beyond that and a 5-yard dump-off, he was just a warm body trying to help the sieve-like offensive line block.
|QB Carson Wentz, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 29 - 189 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0|
Not much was needed from Wentz in the defense-infused blowout win over the Jets. However, Wentz did leave big plays on the field with two deep overthrows, both to Nelson Agholor
, as missed long touchdown opportunities. Wentz’s highlights included a perfect wheel route to Miles Sanders
for more than 35 yards and eluding a free rusher and hitting Zach Ertz
on a deep crossing route for a ‘wow’ play. The blowout win also sent Wentz to the bench in the mid-fourth quarter as Josh McCown
collected the final snaps of the comfortable home win. The Vikings present a much stiffer test for the Eagles offense in Week 6.
|RB Miles Sanders, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 15 - 0, Rec: 4 - 49 - 0 (5 targets)|
Sanders and Jordan Howard
both collected 13 touches as they continue a firm running back by committee approach. Sanders got the start and showed much better as a receiver than an interior runner, an area which Howard has exceled through the opening five games this season. When in space, however, Sanders is at his best, posted an impressive wheel route reception for more than 35 yards and a stiff arm on another highlight catch. Sanders did drop a red zone target and, notably, was the two-minute drill back for the offense. Darren Sproles
sustained a leg injury and is week-to-week, which only enhances Sanders’ already thriving passing game role within the offense.
Howard matched Miles Sanders
in touches (13) against the Jets but did all of his work as a rusher. Howard saw more of his playing time in the second half as the proverbial hammer as the Eagles leaned on the Jets with a comfortable lead. Howard had three chunk gains to account for much of his production and added a red zone run down to the one-yard-line before capping the drive with a point-blank touchdown. Howard’s lack of passing game involvement limits his weekly upside, but he has been the superior interior runner to Day 2 rookie Miles Sanders
through five games.
Jeffery led the Eagles with a sturdy eight targets against the Jets, but not do much down the field. Jeffery turned a smoke screen into a 10-yard gain and corralled a red zone slant to convert a third down. However, the field has shrunk for the older veteran through three games as he is averaging less than 1- yards-per-reception and not seeing many targets to the intermediate and deep levels of the field. DeSean Jackson
returning to the lineup, projected soon, offers bigger openings for Jeffery to work for after-the-catch opportunities.
Agholor’s three targets and shoulder-shrug stat line does not tell the story against the Jets. Agholor burned the Jets defense on two occasions downfield only to have Carson Wentz
overthrow him on both targets, missing a likely touchdown on each instance. Agholor posted a third-down conversion on his lone reception to make the box score, but a huge multi-touchdown game and more than 100 yards was well within reach for the Eagles receivers.
|TE Zach Ertz, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 57 - 1 (7 targets)|
Ertz found the end zone for the first time this season, breaking a streak of 24 receptions entering the game without a score. Ertz was a consistent chain-mover over the middle of the field with mostly comeback routes fueling his stat line. Ertz added a sliding red zone touchdown and a deep crossing route on a highlight Carson Wentz
play to his performance against the Jets. Ertz also had a reception negated by penalty. While the huge game has eluded Ertz to-date this season, he has posted more than 50 yards each week and at least four receptions. The Vikings have allowed big games to Darren Waller
and Austin Hooper
, their notable tight end tests this season, and are up next for Ertz in Week 6.
Goedert continued to simmer in Week 5, collecting three targets which remains a season high for the ancillary tight end. Goedert did have a drop and two receptions called back by penalty beyond the box score. His lone catch to make the log was a short catch Goedert turned into a decent gain after the catch. With a collection of weapons and DeSean Jackson
inching his way back to active status by the week, it is tough to project when Goedert will be more involved in the Eagles’ game plan.