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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 01: Dallas Goedert #88 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a first down reception during the third quarter against the Washington Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field on October 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Despite a lot of talk about the Eagles not being quite right, they are 5-0 heading into week 6. Have there been things they could be better at? Of course. Are they a little lucky that their early schedule was weak enough they could work out the issues? Yes. But 5-0 is 5-0. And we have seen them make huge improvements. The passing game is looking better, the run game is perhaps the best in the league, and the defense has taken some huge steps. This week, they get the chance to make it 6-0 when they face the Jets.

The downside is they will have to do it without Darius Slay and Jalen Carter. The good news is that Fletcher Cox and Nakobe Dean are back. The even better news is that the Jets have not been a very good team, at least not on offense. So if there was going to be any week to lose two important players on defense, this would be it.

With Zach Wilson at QB, the Jets offense has been pretty anemic, with Breece Hall being the only part that works. They are 27th in yards, and dead last in passing yards. But they are 11th in rushing yards. And they managed to beat the Bills in week 1 and give the Chiefs a little bit of a hard time. Their defense is usually good. But with both starting cornerbacks out, the Eagles could certainly take advantage through the air.

Can the Eagles stay undefeated, not just in this season, but against the Jets in franchise history? Or will the Jets’ defense give them too much trouble? Let’s take a look at what Eagles players need to step up for the Eagles to win in week 6.

Here are 7 Eagles who could be in for big days vs the Jets:

  • Dallas Goedert

    Goedert finally broke out for a big game last week. After putting up just 88 yards in his first 4 games, he racked up 117 yards and a TD against the Rams. And this week he just so happens to be going up against a team that has struggled badly to cover Tight Ends. They have allowed 289 yards, and 5 touchdowns to Tight Ends through 5 weeks. That is the 8th most yards allowed per game, and the most TDs allowed. It might be another big week for Goedert.

    NFL on Twitter: "Four catches on the opening drive for Dallas Goedert, including this TD. @goedert33📺: #PHIvsLAR on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/LxW25sxPWA pic.twitter.com/NhVrsxehbv / Twitter"

    Four catches on the opening drive for Dallas Goedert, including this TD. @goedert33📺: #PHIvsLAR on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/LxW25sxPWA pic.twitter.com/NhVrsxehbv

  • Haason Reddick

    Speaking of guys who broke out in Week 5, Haason Reddick also had a big week. He had just 1 sack through 4 weeks but left the Rams game with 2 more. Both came late in the game to help seal the Eagles win. And now, he will be facing the Jets backup RT. Alijah Vera-Tucker tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. In his place, Reddick will be rushing against Max Mitchell. Last year Mitchell struggled in his 5 starts as a rookie. Reddick could be in for another big week.

    NFL on Twitter: "HAASON REDDICK MIGHT HAVE JUST CALLED GAME 😤📺: #PHIvsLAR on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/LxW25sxPWA pic.twitter.com/S5xZCXbNFU / Twitter"

    HAASON REDDICK MIGHT HAVE JUST CALLED GAME 😤📺: #PHIvsLAR on FOX📱: Stream on #NFLPlus https://t.co/LxW25sxPWA pic.twitter.com/S5xZCXbNFU

  • D'Andre Swift

    The Jets Rush defense is not very good. In fact, they have allowed the 4th most rushing yards per game. Some of that is them trailing so teams are running on them a lot. But they are also 8th in yards allowed per rush. And the Eagles just so happen to be one of the best rush offenses in the league, thanks in large part to Swift and the Eagles O-Line. Swift is 4th in rushing yards among all RBs. The Eagles left the pass offense lead the way the last two weeks after mostly relying on the run-in weeks 2 and 3. But a run-heavy attack may make sense vs the Jets. In which case, Swift would be in for a big game.

    https://x.com/NFL/status/1711857959293136932?s=20

  • Jordan Davis

    A lot of keeping the Jets off the board will come down to stopping Breece Hall. Fletcher Cox is back, but Jalen Carter is out. Meaning a lot of the pressure to contain Hall falls onto Jordan Davis. Luckily, he is one of the best run-stoppers in the league. Despite drawing more double teams than almost anyone on run plays, he is still rated as one of the best run defenders. Davis, Cox, and Milton Williams will need to step up with Carter out. But they managed to step up with Cox out last week, so we know they are capable.

    Dov Kleiman on Twitter: "#Eagles 6'6, 336 pound DT Jordan Davis was Mic'd Up for his last game against the #Rams. At one point he hit stick 5'9, 194 pound RB Kyren Williams so hard he just said: "Oh sh--" 😆pic.twitter.com/7zqkRICIhQ(h/t @PhillyTruthr) https://t.co/7zqkRICIhQhttps://t.co/0R8nEIMT6V / Twitter"

    Eagles 6'6, 336 pound DT Jordan Davis was Mic'd Up for his last game against the #Rams. At one point he hit stick 5'9, 194 pound RB Kyren Williams so hard he just said: "Oh sh--" 😆pic.twitter.com/7zqkRICIhQ(h/t @PhillyTruthr) https://t.co/7zqkRICIhQhttps://t.co/0R8nEIMT6V

  • Sua Opeta

    Sua Opeta surprised everyone but his teammates and coaches in week 5 by stepping up and helping shut down Aaron Donald. In fact, he played so well that he appeared in the top 10 among Interior Linemen in Run Block Win Rate that ESPN puts out every week. According to them, he won 77% of run plays he has blocked for. He did not appear in pass block win rate, but we did see him keep Aaron Donald off the board. His teammates and coaches were hugely complimentary of Opeta going into the game. Not many outside the team were buying into it, but he proved his teammates right and has a chance to keep doing so against the Jets.

    https://x.com/thomasrp93/status/1711422162911854892?s=20

  • Both AJ Brown and Devonta Smith

    When I first wrote this, I left them out. Not because I don’t think they could have big weeks, but with matchups vs DJ Reed and Sauce Gardner, it didn’t seem like the places the Eagles could target. But those two are both out now, meaning both Smith and Brown will have backups covering them. Now a game plan that involved running the ball and taking advantage of the middle of the field, can suddenly also include targeting the guys on the outside. And AJ Brown having 4 straight 100-yard games feels far more attainable, and perhaps even likely.

    John Clark on Twitter: "AJ Brown one handed catch for 36 yards 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/EIvG1nmEfQ / Twitter"

    AJ Brown one handed catch for 36 yards 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/EIvG1nmEfQ

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