- The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets’ preseason resumes Friday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- The Jets are 4-point home favorites over the Eagles
- See the odds, spread, and best bets for this Week 3 NFL preseason matchup below
The NFL preseason continues when the New York Jets entertain the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, August 27th, 2021 from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Kickoff is from MetLife Stadium and is scheduled for 7:30 PM EST on DAZN.
The New York Jets followed up a 12-7 win over the New York Giants in Week 1 with a 23-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers last Saturday. Meanwhile, Philadelphia lost their preseason opener 24-16 to Pittsburgh and then was shutout 35-0 by New England in Week 2.
Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets Odds
|Philadelphia Eagles||+4 (-110)||+160||O 34 (-110)|
|New York Jets||-4 (-110)||-190||U 34 (-110)|
Odds as of August 26th at DraftKings
The New York Jets are now 4-point favorites, and the total is currently 34. This total opened at 33.5 and has budged little. Also, the spread has hovered between 4 and 4.5 but overall there have been no dramatic shifts. That is typical of a Week 3 matchup in the preseason where expectations of seeing more starters are elevated.
New York Jets’ Quarterbacks
The NFL preseason is heavily predicated on the quarterback position, and the New York Jets will again expect to use more of their number one draft pick on Friday. Wilson’s intelligence is showing.
Zach Wilson looked much better last Saturday in Green Bay, where watching Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense clearly paid dividends. Granted, this was not against the Packers’ best defense the entire half. However, Wilson went 9-for-11 for 128 yards. He tossed two touchdowns to Tyler Kroft, who will get more looks against Philadelphia. The key was the rookie quarterback did not look afraid out there. He appeared comfortable.
“If you have zero turnovers you also have zero explosive plays.” Zach Wilson said it’s about finding the balance of when to take chances, and when not.
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 25, 2021
The battle for the backup position may still be Mike White’s to lose. He completed seven of nine passes for 39 yards while James Morgan attempted just three passes. One concern is the New York Jets may be without three starting offensive linemen. Though Wilson could play a half, a more likely scenario is to see the rookie for a 2-3 series.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterbacks
Everybody knows that Jalen Hurts will play this week after getting Week 2 off. What resulted against the Patriots was fairly ugly as Joe Flacco, and Nick Mullins combined to complete 15 or 27 passes for just 110 yards. Each quarterback threw an interception, and neither moved the ball efficiently. Hurts so far this preseason has thrown just seven passes. He did look good in practices against the Jets this week.
Jalen Hurts in joint practices vs Jets:
Day 1: 13/20, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Day 2: 13/17, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 rush TD
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) August 25, 2021
Nick Sirianni figures to play Hurts for possibly the whole half on Friday. The idea of Hurts throwing passes downfield to Philadelphia receivers is far more appealing than Joe Flacco, who did not take as many chances. Flacco likely will back up Hurts during the second half — for now.
On the Jets side of the ball, the thought process is that the coaching staff may still want to see more of White and Morgan again. Maybe, Morgan gets a little more time depending on how long Wilson goes.
— TWSN (@TWSN___) August 24, 2021
Again, with two other linemen potentially out and New York’s inability to handle Philadelphia’s pressure defense, that may impact Zach Wilson as well. The Eagles were able to get to the Jets’ quarterbacks which was something they could not do in the first two games. Elsewhere, for the Jets, Michael Carter may be the one to watch at running back. He had ten carries for 52 yards against Green Bay. Matt Ammendola locked up the kicker’s job, so watch to see who replaces Carl Edwards. That is a wide-open race.
On the Eagles’ side of the ball, not too much stood out from the Week 2 loss to the Patriots. They were below average on almost every front. With the quarterback position settled, Philadelphia expects to look at WR Quez Watkins. His route running is above average, and he did get looks with the first team. DeVonta Smith will see extensive time as well. Finally, NCB Josiah Scott may be one of those players that sees more time. If he fares well, he could make the team. Philadelphia is looking for players who succeed while taking more chances.
DeVonta Smith catches a TD in the back of the end zone after Jalen Hurts is given like 7 seconds to complete a red zone rollout pass. #Eagles
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 25, 2021
Again, expect both teams to have their opportunities offensively unless the weather does something crazy in this one.
Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets Best Bet
This is one of those games that both offenses appear to be ahead of the defenses. Philadelphia has allowed 59 points in their first two preseason games, and though they looked better in joint practices this week, their defense needs more work. The Jets have given up just 21 points in contrast but finally, face a starting-caliber quarterback in Jalen Hurts this week.
Generally, this game depends a bit on the first half again. The risk is two-fold. One can look at the Eagles getting four points and go with that. New York may be hesitant to play Wilson more than a few series given the injuries to the offensive line. Both teams should be able to move the ball. The over of 34 is definitely in play for PA Sports Betting. That was what stood out last week for both teams and even this week to a point. Our best bet is to take the Philadelphia Eagles getting four points.
Pick: Eagles +4 (-110)