New York Jets: 4 bold predictions for Week 13 vs. Eagles
With a New York Jets Week 13 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on the horizon, many fans will be scoping in on the battle between the team’s two young quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Zach Wilson. Both teams have struggled this season, but Jets-Eagles could still feature some wild outcomes. We have some Jets predictions for the Week 13 battle here.
The Jets picked up their third win of the season after taking down the Houston Texans in Week 12, and could make it back-to-back victories with a good showing against the Eagles. At 3-8, the Jets are certainly building for the future, but as they showed last week, they aren’t just going to roll over for opponents.
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New York’s defense will face Hurts coming in off a three-interception outing against the New York Giants. Following one of the worst performances of his NFL career, the Jets will look to pile on the pain for the young Eagles quarterback. Philadelphia sits at 5-7 this season and the Jets could put a significant damper on their playoff hopes with an upset win on Sunday. Look for the Jets to surprise the Eagles and put up a big fight on their home turf in Week 13, coming away with a narrow victory.
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New York Jets Week 13 Predictions
4. Jets shut down Jalen Hurts
The Eagles offense has not struggled to put up points this season, at before they scored just 7 against the Giants in Week 12. Coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, the Jets could take a book from the Giants’ game plan and force the ball into Hurts’ hands. The Eagles’ potent rushing attack has the potential to run circles on the Jets’ defense, but if they load up the box and force Hurts to make big plays with his arm, they could see a similar result to the Giants.
Hurts has thrown eight interceptions this season and averages 202.9 passing yards per game, rather pedestrian numbers. The Jets’ secondary, while far from elite, should feel confident in its ability to handle the second-year starter through the air. We’re predicting Hurts gets picked off a couple more times on Sunday and fails to throw a single touchdown pass.
3. Quinnen Williams has a multi-sack game
Quinnen Williams is enjoying a solid third season for the Jets, already with 6.0 sacks under his belt, just one shy of his season total in 2020. The soon-to-be 24-year-old should be able to make some big plays against a banged-up Eagles’ offensive line. He will be looking to make Hurts’ job even more difficult, and knowing that the Alabama product is a capable runner will give Williams more incentive to get after him quickly.
Williams has two games this season with over 1.0 sacks and will be keen to add a third. He has three QB hits over the past three weeks, as he’s been working his way into the backfield and applying pressure on the quarterback with regularity.
2. Elijah Moore has 10+ receptions and 2 TDs
Elijah Moore has been one of the few bright spots offensively for the Jets this year, and he had a breakout game in Week 11 when he caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. He’s seen at least six targets in each of the Jets’ previous six games, proving he’s a vital part of their offensive game plan. He continues to develop rapport with fellow rookie Zach Wilson, and this week could be a statement for the pair of them if they’re able to get the ball in Moore’s hands.
Moore is a gifted receiver whose strong season has been overshadowed by the Jets’ struggles. He is capable of producing monster numbers and will have the chance to do just that against the Eagles. He should be commanding a hefty target share in Week 13, and if Wilson can throw accurate passes his way, he could be in for a big night.
1. Zach Wilson throws 2 touchdowns and no interceptions
Wilson has been extremely turnover-prone early on in his NFL career, having thrown 10 picks through his first seven games. Additionally, he only has four touchdown passes during that span. The rookie QB hasn’t thrown a touchdown in any of his past three games, but he’s also been more accurate. Wilson has just three interceptions over his past three outings, compared to the seven he threw across his first four games.
There hasn’t been much in terms of inspiring play from the BYU product, but he does show flashes of greatness. Wilson needs to trust his instinct and make quicker decisions, and if he can do that against the Eagles this week, he could be in line for the best outing of his career. Wilson is certainly a project, but this could be the week that Jets fans start to see his lofty potential.