Things to look for when the Eagles play host to the Jets on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy, with an NFL-leading 17 touchdowns, is one score short of tying the Eagles team record for touchdowns in a season. He also needs one more rushing score this season to tie the Eagles record in that category. Steve Van Buren holds both marks, with 15 rushing touchdowns and 18 overall in 1945. Shady also enters the weekend in second place in the NFL in rushing, 162 yards behind the Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew, who has played one more game, having competed Thursday night.
Jets coach Rex Ryan promised that whoever cornerback Darrelle Revis covers, "it'll be a long day for that individual." How about a Revis-DeSean Jackson matchup? Revis has shut down some of the best receivers in the league, but odds are he's never faced one with Jackson's speed. If the two face off, it will be a contest worth watching.
The last time the Eagles played at home, fans were so disgusted with the team's effort against the Patriots that a "Fire Andy!" chant broke out, though it quickly faded. If the Eagles - already 1-5 at home - run into trouble against the Jets, does the anti-Andy Reid faction grow in size or volume? Only two home games are left. How ugly can they get?
The Jets offense ranks 25th in yards but sixth in the NFL in scoring. One reason? Once they get close to the end zone they convert. They have scored touchdowns on 71 percent of their trips into the red zone, best in the league. The Eagles' red-zone defense ranks 30th. The Birds will have to watch out for big target Plaxico Burress.
With 15 sacks this year, including three last week, Jason Babin is quickly climbing the Eagles' list of single-season sack leaders. Next up is Clyde Simmons, who had 151/2 sacks in 1989, and Greg Brown, who had 16 in 1984. Another three-sack game would bring Babin to 18 and tie him for the third-best year by an Eagles pass rusher, placing him alongside Reggie White, who got 18 in 1988 and 1986.
Matthews in the middle
Rookie Casey Matthews, back in the lineup last week in the nickel package, showed improvement in pass coverage and got his first sack, but he struggled against the run. As the Eagles try to figure out what they have, does he continue to progress? Or is he a target for the opposition?