For the second straight week, the Eagles will play in MetLife Stadium in the swamps of northern New Jersey, this time against the lowly New York Jets.
On paper, things look decent enough for the Eagles to notch a win. Not only has New York’s defense allowed the most points and most rushing touchdowns in the NFL, the Eagles have never lost a game to a Jets in franchise history — dating back to their first game in 1973, the Birds are 11-0. But according to Hall of Famer James Lofton, who will be calling Sunday’s game on CBS, the Jets are a better team than their record indicates.
“The defensive line for the Jets played really well last week against the Houston Texans. They just dismantled the Texans up front,” Lofton told The Inquirer. “Eagles fans will be squawking about [safety] Ashtyn Davis. He comes in like a heat-seeking missile, and it’s real close to a late hit every time he hits somebody.”
All eyes Sunday will be on Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, who dropped two passes in the final minutes of the team’s loss to the Giants last week. Former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, speaking on the Takeoff with John Clark podcast, said Reagor might benefit from being given a week off, something Pederson said worked out well with another Eagles receiver who found himself under fire — Nelson Agholor.
As Reuben Frank pointed out at NBC Sports Philadelphia, Agholor averaged 23.8 yards per game before he got benched in 2016 and 41.0 since. So far this season, Reagor is averaging 25.2 yards per game, so maybe Pederson has a point.
“Jalen’s got a lot of talent. There is a lot of talent and a lot speed in his body,” Pederson said. “Some guys develop a little bit faster in this league, and Jalen’s a guy that you’ve got to continue to work with and get him on the right track. You have to find what he is good at, exploit that and get him those touches when you can.”
Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream Sunday’s Eagles-Jets game:
Eagles (5-7) at Jets (3-8): NFL Week 13
When: Sunday, Dec. 5
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Time: 1 p.m. kickoff
TV: CBS3 (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis)
Radio: 94.1 WIP (Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin)
Spanish radio: La Mega, 105.7 FM (Rickie Ricardo, Oscar Budejen)
Streaming: Paramount+, fuboTV (free seven-day trial), YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, DirecTV Stream, Sling TV (all require a subscription)
Mobile: Eagles app, NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app (free on smartphones and tablets within the Philadelphia market)
Referee: Clay Martin
NFC playoff picture heading into Week 13
Despite last week’s loss to the lowly New York Giants, the Eagles playoff hopes are still very much alive. The Birds enter play Sunday a half game behind Washington in both the division and the final wildcard spot, and the two teams will face each other twice over the next few weeks.
Here’s what the NFC playoff picture looks like heading into Week 13. The word ridiculous comes to mind:
Pregame shows and other media coverage
As with every Eagles game, staff writers Jeff McLane, EJ Smith, and Josh Tolentino will be covering the action live on Twitter, which you can follow live on GameDay Central. Notes and observations about the game will be at Inquirer.com/Eagles. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Inquirer Sports Daily Newsletter.
Pregame shows on CBS3
Coverage on CBS3 begins with Odds On at 8:30 a.m., a sports betting-themed show hosted by Derrick Gunn and 94.1 WIP’s Rob Ellis. That’s followed by Sunday Kickoff at 11:30 a.m., hosted by Don Bell and Pat Gallen.
The NFL Today airs at noon, hosted by James Brown with analysts Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Nate Burleson.
Pregame shows on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. with Birds Huddle, hosted by Taryn Hatcher alongside Brad Feinberg, Barrett Brooks, and John Clark.
Eagles Pregame Live, hosted by Michael Barkann and featuring Seth Joyner, Ray Didinger and Barrett Brooks, will air live at noon on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Eagles Postgame Live will air immediately following the game.
Pregame shows elsewhere
Fox29 airs Fox20 Gameday (Breland Moore, Garry Cobb, Dave Spadaro, Bill Anderson) at 10 a.m., followed by Fox NFL Kickoff (Charissa Thompson, Tony Gonzalez, Dave Wannstedt, Colin Cowherd, Michael Vick, Charles Woodson) at 11 a.m. Fox NFL Sunday (Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson) airs at noon.
NBC10′s Eagles Gameday Kickoff (Danny Pommells, Ross Tucker, Mike Quick) airs at 9:30 a.m., followed by Eagles Game Plan (John Clark, Ike Reese, Mike Quick) at 10 a.m.
ESPN’s NFL Countdown (Sam Ponder, Randy Moss, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Hasselbeck, Rex Ryan) airs at 10 a.m.
NFL Network’s pregame show NFL GameDay Morning (Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin) starts at 9 a.m.
Other games airing in Philadelphia on Sunday
Washington at Raiders: 4:05 p.m., Fox29 (Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver)
Ravens at Steelers: 4:25 p.m., CBS3 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
Broncos at Chiefs: 8:20 p.m., NBC10 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Eagles reading list prior to kickoff
Jalen Hurts’ future with the Eagles could rest on Jeffrey Lurie’s patience, according to Jeff McLane.
Jason Kelce embodies Philly toughness — he’s today’s Brian Dawking, Chase Utley, and Chuck Bednarik, writes columnist Marcus Hayes.
What is the Eagles’ bigger need in the NFL draft, offensive line or wide receiver? EJ Smith takes a look at the team’s needs.
Fashion is Eagles safety Rodney McLeod’s other passion. And he’s using it to empower Philly youth.
The Eagles should have interest in Russell Wilson if he’s available this offseason, according to former Eagles president Joe Banner.
Eagles 2021 NFL schedule
Week 1, Sept. 12: Eagles 32, Falcons 6
Week 2, Sept. 19: 49ers 17, Eagles 11
Week 3, Sept 27: Cowboys 41, Eagles 21
Week 4, Oct. 3: Chiefs 42, Eagles 30
Week 5, Oct. 10: Eagles 21, Panthers 18
Week 6, Oct. 14: Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22
Week 7, Oct. 24: Raiders 33, Eagles 22
Week 8, Oct. 31: Eagles 44, Lions 6
Week 9, Nov. 7: Chargers 27, Eagles 24
Week 10, Nov. 14: Eagles 30, Broncos 13
Week 11, Nov. 21: Eagles 40, Saints 29
Week 12, Nov. 28: Giants 13, Eagles 7
Week 13, Dec. 5: Eagles at Jets, 1 p.m., CBS
Week 14: Bye week
Week 15, Dec. 19: Washington at Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox
Week 16, Dec. 26: Giants at Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox
Week 17, Jan. 2: Eagles at Washington, 1 p.m., Fox
Week 18, Jan. 9: Cowboys at Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox