The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets haven’t had the easiest preseasons. However, the Eagles at least managed to settle their big quarterback dispute without one of their candidates getting hurt, unlike the Jets. But all things considering, both the Eagles and Jets are likely eager to get their last preseason game out of the way on Aug. 28.
Philadelphia is days away from officially starting the Chip Kelly era and seeing if Michael Vick has one more run in him. Although Vick and the other starters either won’t play or will make mere cameos against the Jets, the Eagles don’t need an injury or setback to derail them at the last minute. Training camp began with Jeremy Maclin’s season ending injury, yet it wouldn’t be poetic to end the preseason with another major loss.
As for New York, the Jets just need this preseason to be over, for the sake of avoiding more embarrassment. Of course, the regular season is bound to have humiliation of its own at this point, no matter who starts it at quarterback.
Right after this game ends, the Jets will go back to waiting for word on Mark Sanchez’s condition. After hurting his shoulder last week in a game Rex Ryan probably never should have put him in, the Jets may have no choice but to start rookie Geno Smith. Considering how he’s struggled in the preseason as well, it isn’t a sure fire recipe for success quite yet.
If Ryan goes the entire preseason finale without another questionable decision or injury, that will be a win for the Jets right there. Traditionally, the last preseason game is specifically designed to avoid that, since important players rarely take the field for a second. But considering the Jets’ ineptitude and rotten luck, there are no sure things here.
The Eagles look much better by comparison, even if Vick and Kelly still haven’t proven what they can do for an entire game. The real first test of the Kelly era isn’t until Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins, with Robert Griffin III set to oppose them after all. Until then, the Eagles hope they can stay unscathed or at least avoid any more damage, much like their last warm up opponents.