Through the years, Eagles have the edge over Jets
It hasn’t mattered if the Philadelphia Eagles were very good or
very bad, like 12-4 and on the way to their third straight NFC
championship game or 5-8-1 and going nowhere.
Either way, Philadelphia has had an edge over the New York
In fact, eight times since the series started in 1973, the
Eagles have met the Jets, and in all eight times, the Eagles won.
The unbeaten run is the longest of any streak in the league.
Sunday presents another opportunity for New York (8-5), and this
one seems as good as any. After all, Philadelphia is 5-8 and
clinging to life in the NFC playoff race, and the Jets are
But again, the scenarios haven’t mattered in the past.
”Really?” Eagles defensive end Trent Cole asked when he was
told the Jets have never beaten Philadelphia. ”That’s interesting.
It doesn’t mean anything on Sunday, but it’s interesting.”
Most of the Eagles, in fact, weren’t interested in history, only
to acknowledge that if they lose to the Jets for the first time
ever Sunday, their playoff chances will be erased for good.
”We just have to win this week and keep our hopes alive, that’s
all,” said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who is 1-0 in his
career against the Jets. ”That’s all we have to worry about is
trying to go out and get a win this week. I can’t promise it, but
we’re going to give everything we have.”
The Eagles could be out of contention in the NFC East before
they take the field for their 4:15 p.m. kickoff. If Dallas beats
Tampa Bay, Saturday, and the Giants beat Washington Sunday, the
Eagles will be out of the division race.
”I’m not surprised by it,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the
Eagles’ perfect record. ”Most of them probably came when my dad
(Buddy) was coaching them.”
Actually just one did. Ryan, with quarterback Randall Cunningham
under center, beat the Jets near the end of the 1987 season. Both
of those teams finished under .500.
The streak began in 1973 when Philadelphia engineered a 24-23
win. And in the pouring rain at Veterans Stadium in 1978, the
Eagles – though they’d finish just 5-9 – blanked the Jets, 27-0.
New York would finish that season 3-11.
On their way to a wild-card berth in 1978, the Eagles outlasted
the Jets, 17-9.
And the most memorable in the series was 1993, when the Eagles
came back for a 35-30 win. Eric Allen pulled off an interception
return for a touchdown after Cunningham broke his leg.
But for these Eagles – a disappointing bunch that sat in last
place by themselves in the NFC East for most of this season – none
of that matters.
”I didn’t know about it and it won’t be a factor for this
game,” Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant said. ”None of those
games came with Rex Ryan as head coach of the Jets. None of them
came against this Jets defense. So it doesn’t really matter what
happened in the past.
It’s about what happens Sunday.”