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Game Recap: Defense provides the offense in 31-6 win over Jets

The New York Jets entered Sunday's game averaging just 11 points per game. In their last two contests, the Jets' offense was unable to score a touchdown with quarterback Sam Darnold sidelined. With Darnold missing a third straight game due to mononucleosis, the Eagles' defense made sure quarterback Luke Falk, making only his second career start, never got going in a 31-6 win over New York on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles' defense, in fact, outscored the Jets. Linebacker Nathan Gerry returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and cornerback Orlando Scandrick, making his Eagles debut, stripped the ball from Falk in the fourth quarter and returned the fumble 44 yards to cap off a brilliant day for the defense.

Philadelphia sacked the Jets' quarterbacks 10 times (Falk nine, David Fales once), the most since 2014 when the Eagles posted nine sacks against Carolina. Defensive end Brandon Graham led the way with a career-high three sacks becoming the first Eagle with a hat trick since defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had three in the 2018 regular-season finale at Washington. In addition to Gerry's pick-six, safety Rodney McLeod intercepted Falk giving the Eagles three turnovers on the day.

Falk was held to just 120 passing yards, going 15-of-26 with the two interceptions for a 37.3 QB rating. Running back Le'Veon Bell gained just 43 yards on the ground on 15 carries for an average of 2.87 yards per carry. Bell added a game-high seven catches for 45 yards.

On offense, the Eagles marched 53 yards in nine plays on their opening drive of the game to make it 7-0 with 7:44 left in the first quarter, providing enough points for the win. Jordan Howard punched the ball in from the 1-yard line for his fourth touchdown in the past two games. The Eagles had scored just 10 first-quarter points prior to Sunday, all coming in the Week 3 game against Detroit. Philadelphia raced out of the gates with a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 24-0 before a Vyncint Smith 19-yard touchdown run on a reverse put the Jets on the board early in the fourth quarter.

Howard had a game-high 62 yards rushing on 13 carries for a 4.77 yards per carry average. Quarterback Carson Wentz was an efficient 17-of-29 for 189 yards with a touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz, who had five receptions for a game-high 57 yards.

The Eagles improve to 3-2 with the win. Philadelphia kicks off a three-game road trip next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, who are also 3-2 after a 28-10 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Take a look at the best photos from the Eagles' Week 5 matchup against the Jets.

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