After a long weekend following the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 4 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the team has refocused themselves on their next task at hand - defeating the New York Jets this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
While the Jets have yet to win a game this season and will once again be without starting quarterback Sam Darnold, this is not a team that the Eagles will be taking lightly. The Jets have plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball, especially on defense with young talents like Jamal Adams at safety and Leonard Williams up front.
“They’re not 0-3 because of their defense,” Zach Ertz said. “It’s a really talented defense, and as an offense, it’s going to be a good test for us.”
With Alshon Jeffery back in the fold last week, the offense sliced through a stout Packers’ defense, and Zach and the rest of the Eagles’ offense will look to carry that success over this week against New York. Offensive success will start in the run game, and guard Brandon Brooks knows that the offensive line will need to be ready to go from the first whistle on Sunday.
“New York’s defense is tough, particularly up front,” Brooks said. “They’re going to throw a lot at us. I have to do my job and that’s my focus this week. It’s the same as it is every week.”
Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard proved to be an effective one-two punch last week in Green Bay on the ground, and Sanders made some explosive plays in the return game. In addition, the defense forced a pair of game-changing turnover that led to the victory.
As always in the NFL, a win is the result of a total team effort, and this week is no different. Zach and the Eagles aren’t taking any opponent lightly by any means. Rather, they are preparing for a battle against a tough defense and an offense spearheaded by one of the most talented running back in the NFL in Le’Veon Bell.
“They don’t look like an 0-3 team to me when you watch their defense and the way they come off the ball and make plays,” tight end Dallas Goedert said. “That’s all I’m looking at.”
Despite their record, the Jets have talent across their roster, so the Eagles have been prepping all week for what might be thrown at them come Sunday. The focus remains the same - go 1-0 this week. The Eagles currently sit at 2-2, and getting their record over .500 is the only goal that matters this week.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, and coverage will be on CBS.