New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

When: Sunday, December 18, 4:15 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Spread: Philadelphia -3

Take the points. It's hard to believe that even after all these weeks of disappointment, the grossly inconsistent Eagles are still favored. The Eagles only have one home win this season and the Jets haven't lost their motivation to play, unlike the dejected Eagles.

Over/Under: 44

Take the over. The Jets have scored 28 or more in their last three games. As bad as the Eagles can be, it's hard to see them being held to under 21 against a Jets run defense that surrenders 109.2 YPG.

Key Injuries: 

Injuries According to

New York Jets

Matt Slauson G Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Mike Devito DT Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Marcus Dixon DT Hip Limited Participation in Practice --
Eric Smith S Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Marquice Cole CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Brandon Moore G Hip Did Not Participate In Practice --
Vladimir Ducasse T Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Shonn Greene RB Rib Full Participation in Practice --
Nick Mangold C Ankle Full Participation in Practice --
Joe McKnight RB Elbow Full Participation in Practice --
Calvin Pace LB Groin Full Participation in Practice --

Philadelphia Eagles

Todd Herremans T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice --
Cullen Jenkins DT Groin Did Not Participate In Practice --
Darryl Tapp DE Ribs Did Not Participate In Practice --
Michael Vick QB Ribs Did Not Participate In Practice --
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Ronnie Brown RB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice --
Riley Cooper WR Groin Full Participation in Practice --
Trevor Laws DT Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Ankle Full Participation in Practice --
Jeremy Maclin WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --

Fantasy Big Plays:

Start: Mark Sanchez' inability to crack the 200-yard mark in his last three outings has irked some fantasy owners, but he's got seven touchdowns vs. one pick in that span. The Eagles aren't anything special against the pass and this is the week his yardage will pick up.

Sit: DeSean Jackson hasn't racked up over 100 yards since Week 4 against the 49ers. He's a big name who hasn't been a viable starter for the majority of the season. It's clear his situation in Philadelphia has become toxic and he's a must-sit for the rest of the season.

Keys to Jets Win:

Overload the box. Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy are capable of taking this game over. The Jets haven't been elite at stopping the run this season, but they'll need to be to control an Eagles ground game that is rushing for 148.9 rushing YPG.

Break the Eagles early. There are games when it looks like Philadelphia doesn't want it. The Jets have to make sure that this is one of those games. Taking an early lead and stomping out Philly's hopes of taking down the Jets is the easiest way to ensure they obtain a must-win victory.

Keys to Eagles Win:

Try. Having superstars does absolutely nothing for the Eagles if they don't have all 11 guys on the field making an effort to win. This means going across the middle, sticking their noses in there and making tackles and getting a little mud on their uniform if need be.

Let Michael Vick take over. Though fans may be wanting the Eagles to lose out and obtain a higher draft pick, it's safe to say that No. 7 isn't concerned with April. This team has to be embarrassed and Vick needs to lead by example, showing fans why he was an MVP candidate coming into this season and proving the Eagles' future isn't as bleak as the 2011 season.


Jets 31, Eagles 27