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Grading the Jets

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles after

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles after the game between the Philadelphia Eagles at the New York Jets on September 27, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman



Chan Gailey better hope Chris Ivory and Eric Decker get healthy quick, because Chip Kelly's Eagles were able to expose the glaring weaknesses in his offense. The Jets went three-and-out five times in their first six drives and Ryan Fitzpatrick derailed their momentum with three interceptions. He also had two TD passes. Without Ivory (quadriceps) the Jets had only 47 rushing yards; Bilal Powell led with 31. Brandon Marshall caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, but his boneheaded decision to lateral after a completion resulted in a loss of possession.

There finally was a Jeremy Kerley sighting on offense (six catches, 33 yards, one TD) and rookie Devin Smith (three catches, 39 yards) made his NFL debut after breaking three ribs in training camp.



After rushing for a total of 70 yards in their previous two games, the Eagles' offense found its groove against Todd Bowles' defense -- even without the injured DeMarco Murray. The Jets looked gassed early as they tried in vain to keep up with Ryan Mathews, who rushed for 108 yards. Bright spot: David Harris (10 tackles, forced fumble) was impressive.



"To tell you the truth, I don't know what I did [to make the defenders miss]," said Darren Sproles, who perfectly summed up the ineptitude of the Jets' special-teams coverage. His 89-yard punt-return touchdown was the longest by an opponent in a Jets' home game and the first the franchise has given up since 2012. Ryan Quigley had a net average of 35.3 yards per punt.

Zac Stacy had one kickoff return of 31 yards, but averaged 20.5 yards on four attempts, and Kerley averaged a measly 9.9 yards on seven punt returns.



The Jets made halftime adjustments to counter-balance the Eagles' attack, but it was too little, too late. Their double-digit deficit meant Fitzpatrick had to throw the ball more -- 58 times! -- and that is a recipe for disaster. Meanwhile, Bowles is starting to look like his predecessor, Rex Ryan, when it comes to throwing the challenge flag. For the second straight week, Bowles lost an obvious one -- this time, challenging an incomplete pass ruling on Jeremy Kerley's one-handed sideline catch.

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