- Five things the Eagles should be worried about ahead of Jets game [NJAM]
- Bowles channels Parcells heading into potential trap game [ESPN New York]
- Grounded Bowles is the anti-Rex [Newsday]
- An in-depth look at the OL struggles of the Colts and Eagles - the Jets' next and most recent opponents [WaPo]
- Lane Johnson: Jets game is "a must-win" for Eagles [NFL.com]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Unexpectedly, the Jets are heading into the third game of the season with the visiting Eagles as the underdogs. Clearly, that's a team with a few issues to sort through, so the Jets might be catching them at the best possible time.
That's not necessarily the case, though. I lost count of how many times the build-up to a Jets game during the Rex Ryan era was all about how dysfunctional they were, how he'd lost the team or whatever. While that would often translate to them laying an egg, it didn't always work out like that. When NFL teams are up against it, they will often push back. Adopting a defiant us-against-the-world attitude can often galvanize a team to prove that they are better than everyone's been saying during the week. Also, losing games where there are one or two obvious things that went wrong tends to afford the team the opportunity to focus on and improve in that particular area during the week.
As an impartial observer, I'm very interested to see how Chip Kelly handles this early adversity. Ideally, they'll be facing even more adversity if the Jets can beat them on Sunday and then it will get even more interesting. However, that's a team with some talented players on it, so don't be surprised if they rise up and present a tough challenge as the Jets aim to fly to London with a 3-0 record.
This week's BGA Extra will run on Saturday morning because the game was on Monday night.