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Jets' defense allows points on Eagles' first seven possessions in 33-18 loss

Kenneth Gainwell of the Eagles runs in a

Kenneth Gainwell of the Eagles runs in a touchdown during the second quarter against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Jets weren’t just embarrassed on Sunday in their home stadium. They felt disrespected by the Eagles.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley said the Eagles didn’t shake hands during the pregame coin flip. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox laughed at Robert Saleh when the Jets’ coach passionately fought for a call. Mosley said it bothered him, but he and the rest of his defensive teammates did little about it.

Showing no resistance or fight on the defensive side of the ball, the Jets allowed the Eagles to score on their first seven possessions and lost, 33-18.

"Wins and losses happen in this game," Mosley said. "At the end of the day, it’s all about respect. Right now, teams are not respecting us. That’s well deserved, whether it’s by self-inflicted wounds or the history of the Jets."

The Jets (3-9) haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season, and Sunday’s loss clinched their sixth straight losing season. Saleh is trying to change that, but performances like this one don’t help the way opponents perceive his team.

"That’s something that gets under players’ skin," Mosley said. "At the end of the day, when you handle your business and you’re doing things right, teams don’t have time to be doing all that laughing, don’t have time to be doing all that stuff, because you’re punching them in the mouth.

"That just has to be our mindset. Nothing is going to come easy for us. We have to go take everything. Not earn it. We have to go take it."

The Eagles didn’t have starting quarterback Jalen Hurts because of an ankle injury, but their backup plan worked just fine.

Gardner Minshew started in place of Hurts and was 20-for-25 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets’ players said they didn’t prepare for Minshew but for the Eagles’ system. Either way, defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich’s group was manhandled.

Ulbrich’s defense didn’t get a stop until the Eagles lost 22 yards on a bad snap on third down late in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia punted for the first time with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

It ended up being a laugher for Philadelphia, which scored the last 19 points of the game. But Mosley was seething over the Eagles actually laughing.

"You see that stuff and you feel that stuff," he said. "As a competitor, as a warrior, when you’re fighting with your brother, that [ticks] you off. That’s been going on for a long time."

Mosley was the only Jet to express this much frustration. He also was the last player to speak with reporters.

This loss was especially frustrating for the Jets because their offense played well.

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, who hadn’t led a first-quarter touchdown drive all season, got the Jets in the end zone twice in the opening quarter and three times in the first half. They led 18-14 with 9:22 left in the second quarter but didn’t score again.

Wilson finished 23-for-38 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown for the second straight week.

"I thought this was by far his best game in terms of just working progression and playing within the scheme," Saleh said.

Rookie receiver Elijah Moore had six receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown.

The Jets are still looking for a kicker, though. Rookie Alex Kessman, who replaced Matt Ammendola, was wide left on the extra point after each of the Jets’ first two touchdowns. The Jets went for two after their third TD but couldn’t convert it.

The Eagles led 24-18 at halftime and then dominated time of possession. They opened the third quarter with a 14-play, 70-yard drive that lasted 8:22 and ended with Jake Elliott’s field goal. The Jets responded with a three-and-out. Then the Eagles put together a 13-play, 41-yard drive that lasted 6:13, capped by another field goal.

On the ensuing possession, Wilson overthrew Jamison Crowder and was picked off by Marcus Epps.

"I tried to put some more speed on the ball and throw it harder to fit in that tight window," Wilson said. "It slipped off my hand as I was throwing it and fluttered back there to the safety."

Tight end Dallas Goedert caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Philadelphia. The Eagles’ No. 1-ranked rushing attack totaled 185 yards. Miles Sanders rushed 24 times for 120 yards.

Mosley took the blame for Goedert’s first touchdown, but he was more upset about Cox laughing. (Cox later posted a picture on Instagram in which Mosley has his arm around Cox in a pregame hug.)

"It kind of got under my skin," he said. "Whether it was him, it could have been anybody. It could have been a different team. It really don’t matter. The point is we got to change the narrative. It’s going to take us and only us."

No wonder the Eagles disrespect the Jets: They’ve never lost to them in 12 tries. The one-sided history:

12/9/73 EAGLES 24, Jets 23

12/18/77 EAGLES 27, Jets 0

11/12/78 EAGLES 17, Jets 9

12/20/87 Eagles 38, JETS 0

10/3/93 Eagles 35, JETS 30

12/14/96 Eagles 21, JETS 20

10/26/03 EAGLES 24, Jets 17

10/14/07 Eagles 16, JETS 9

12/18/11 EAGLES 45, Jets 19

9/27/15 Eagles 24, JETS 17

10/6/19 EAGLES 31, Jets 6

12/5/21 Eagles 33, JETS 18

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