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Eagles-Jets scouting report

Recent history: The Eagles defeated the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., 16-9, on Oct. 14, 2007. The Eagles lead the series, 8-0.

Recent history: The Eagles defeated the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., 16-9, on Oct. 14, 2007. The Eagles lead the series, 8-0.


Eagles: 399.2 yards per game (4th)

Jets: 311.0 yards per game (25th)


Eagles: Too often this season, Michael Vick has looked like an early-career version of himself, running even when he's had a clean pocket, and making poor decisions with the football. He's 27th in the league in interception percentage, 28th in third-down passing and has a 52.2 completion percentage and six turnovers in the red zone.

Jets: Mark Sanchez' overall numbers aren't particularly impressive. He's got a 56.8 completion percentage and his yards-per-attempt average (6.71) is in the bottom third of the league. But he has a knack for coming up big. He has engineered four game-winning drives and thrown eight of his 21 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Pick: Jets

Running back

Eagles: LeSean McCoy's ability to make tacklers miss has been likened to Barry Sanders. But McCoy also has developed into one of the league's most dependable short-yardage runners. In the last eight games, he has converted 24 of 30 short-yardage situations (2 yards or less) into first downs or touchdowns.

Jets: Shonn Greene is a punishing runner who could present real problems for an Eagle back seven that doesn't tackle well. He has averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the last seven games. Thirty-two-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson still is a productive pass-catching weapon (13.5 yards per catch).

Pick: Eagles


Eagles: DeSean Jackson already has matched his 2010 reception total (47), but is averaging 6 1/2-yards-per-catch less than last season. His touchdown catch vs. Dolphins was his first in his last seven starts. With CB Darrelle Revis expected cover him Sunday, Michael Vick probably is going to have to look to other receivers for big plays.

Jets: Plaxico Burress has just 37 catches, but seven of them have been for scores. The 6-5 wideout always has been a tough matchup for the Eagles. Dustin Keller (team-high 47 catches) is an undersized (6-2, 250) tight end with good quickness off the line. WR Santonio Holmes has TD catches in the last three games.

Pick: Eagles

Offensive line

Eagles: Last week vs. the Dolphins, this unit made more mental errors than in the previous 5-6 games combined. Vick was sacked four times and McCoy was held to 38 yards on 27 carries. Eagles have been successful in goal-line situations by teaming LT Jason Peters and RT Todd Herremans on the same side.

Jets: Jets have given up just three sacks in the last three games. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold are Pro Bowlers. LG Matt Slauson has done a good job replacing Alan Faneca. RG Brandon Moore is nursing a hip injury. If there's a weak link in this unit, it's RT Wayne Hunter, who may struggle with Jason Babin.

Pick: Jets


Eagles: 334.0 yards per game (11th)

Jets: 310.1 yards per game (6th)

Defensive line

Eagles: The Eagles, who had a season-best nine sacks in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, are first in the league in sacks per pass play. Thirty-eight of their 42 sacks have come from a front four that d-line coach Jim Washburn regularly rotates. Ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole have combined for 24 sacks and 71 hurries.

Jets: NT Sione Pouha is a 325-pound big body who can hold the point of attack against the run, but isn't much of a pass-rushing factor. Rookie Muhammad Wilkerson is a versatile lineman who plays the 5-technique in the Jets' three-man fronts and can play inside or outside in four-man fronts.

Pick: Eagles


Eagles: Juan Castillo has removed MLB Jamar Chaney from the nickel package and replaced him with rookie Casey Matthews. Rookie Brian Rolle and Keenan Clayton rotated at the other LB slot in nickel. The Dolphins' Reggie Bush gashed the nickel for most of his 86 second-half rushing yards last week.

Jets: Aaron Maybin, a first-round bust in Buffalo, has been a godsend for the Jets. With six sacks in 10 games, he is the team's best pass-rusher. He and Calvin Pace are a formidable pass-rushing tandem. David Harris is one of the league's most complete LBs. He has led the team in tackles 3 of the last 4 years and has four sacks this season.

Pick: Jets


Eagles: After missing three games with a high-ankle sprain, slot corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie displayed more aggressiveness and less tentativeness last week than he has all season. With 6-2 DRC and the 6-2 Nnamdi Asomugha, the Eagles are better equipped to match up against Plaxico Burress than they were when he was with the Giants.

Jets: Safety Jim Leonhard suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. His replacement, Brodney Pool, has 64 career starts. CB Darrelle Revis is the game's best cover corner. His ability to match up against DeSean Jackson will spare the Jets the need to double-team or bracket the Eagles' vertical threat.

Pick: Jets


Eagles: Colt Anderson's season-ending knee injury 2 weeks ago was a big blow to the Eagles' coverage units, which have ranked among the league's best most of the season. It wasn't a factor last week vs. Dolphins, but could be this week vs. a Jets team that has the league's top kickoff returner, Joe McKnight (32.4 yards per return).

Jets: Joe McKnight is the league's top KR, averaging 32.4 yards. He's got six of 40-plus yards, including a 107-yard TD return. PK Nick Folk has missed five of his last 10 field-goal attempts, including 24- and 40-yard tries. T.J. Conley has had only 31.1 percent of his punts returned this season, a league best.

Pick: Jets


1. Eagles LDE Jason Babin vs. Jets RT Wayne Hunter. Hunter is the weakest link in an otherwise solid Jets line. Babin has 15 sacks, including three last week vs. Dolphins. Advantage: Eagles

2. Eagles MLB Jamar Chaney vs. Jets RB Shonn Greene. Greene is averaging 4.8 yards per carry over the last seven games. Chaney and the Eagles have been inconsistent vs. the run. Advantage: Jets

3. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Jackson is one of the league's most dangerous vertical threats, but Revis is the league's best cover corner and likely will force Mike Vick to look elsewhere. Advantage: Jets



Eagles: DEs Jason Babin and Trent Cole. The pair combined for six of the Eagles' nine sacks in last week's win over the Dolphins.

Jets: RB Shonn Greene: Rushed for 129 yards vs. Chiefs last week and has four touchdown runs in the last two games.


Eagles: RB LeSean McCoy. Had two more TDs last week, but his 1.4 yards-per-carry average was the second lowest of his career.

Jets: WR Plaxico Burress. Has just three catches for 33 yards in the Jets' last two games.