Murray was out with a hamstring injury, while the Jets played without running back Chris Ivory (quadriceps), who was active but didn’t play, and wide receiver Eric Decker (sprained knee). His first pro catch was a 12-yarder on the drive to the late-first-half score and he added a 16-yarder in the third quarter.
“I played like crap today, to be honest with you“, said Marshall, who was acquired in an off-season trade with the Chicago Bears. The Jets defense is really good, but this is still a unit that couldn’t get much going. “I feel like we were all pressing a little bit”.
“Oh, my gosh, I was waiting for that [question]”, Marshall said with a heavy sigh when asked about the lateral. “But to tell the truth, I don’t know what I did [to make the defenders miss]”.
The Eagles then put the game into the hands of their defense.
Fitzpatrick was 35-of-58 for 283 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. “They beat us at our own game”. “I thought they ran really hard”.
Center Jason Kelce joked after the game that he knew why the Eagles ran more from under center than they did previously but couldn’t reveal the reasons. At least that was the story they were sticking to. Give them our best shot. Nor did Powell (10 carries for 31 yards) do anything to open up the passing game for Fitzpatrick.
“Not my first rodeo”, Mathews said.
Facing the possibility of an 0-3 start, the Eagles’ season could have been close to over with a loss to the Jets. It’s just nice to get that first one. “We just had to execute it”. I thought the line did a great job opening holes.
Whatever it takes was the theme for the Eagles. Overlooking the Birds? As Ryan Fitzpatrick said, the Jets weren’t good enough to overlook anyone at this point of their journey. Do the math.
The Jets had one last chance. Bradford was often staring down his primary receiver, and still failed to look like the accurate quarterback we saw in preseason. “We’ve got to be better in that aspect”. Obviously he was frustrated – it was 17-0, and he wasn’t getting the ball – but he has to be smarter than that. “After the way we played the first few games that was a tremendous win for us”.
Lurie’s assessment of Kelly after two seasons and three games?
Mathews, Sproles and Murray all have had some history of injury. He sticks his foot in the ground and goes.
“Whenever you are down, there are always going to be people talking”. He’s got some size to go along with his explosion. It was the first time the Eagles scored first this season. It’s fun to get back out there and run.
Bradford made it 17-0 with 4:57 left before halftime when he found Mathews streaking down the right sideline – with linebacker Davis in single coverage – and connected with the running back for a 23-yard TD. Fitzpatrick capped a nine-play, 79-yard drive by throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marshall.
Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray has been officially listed as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Jets. He also joined Gale Sayers as the only two players in league history to notch a punt return TD and a rushing TD in the same game.
The Jets weren’t through.
Bradford has been up and down to start the season as well and the media asked Chip Kelly in his weekly press conference about the play of the quarterback. Only eight times in 35 games had they held an opponent under 20 points. Matt Tobin took his place. The Jets also have a solid, veteran offensive line, led by left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and right guard Willie Colon. He limped going into the locker room.