Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 12/18/11


Look out NFL- the Eagles may have finally figured this thing out, and it might be right in time for the playoffs.

For the 2nd week in a row the Eagles combined a great showing by the defense with a big play offense, and the result was a 45-19 win over the New York Jets.

The win moved the Eagles to 6-8 on the season.

With the Washington Redskins win over the New York Giants earlier in the day, the Eagles are still alive for playoffs, and will face Dallas next week in what will be another must win, huge game.

While it was a big day for the Eagles offense, it was a record setting day for LeSean McCoy. McCoy scored 3 touchdowns on the day, setting the franchise record for touchdowns in a season that was previously held by Steve Van Buren. McCoy has 20 touchdowns on the season, passing the previous record of 18.

The Eagles came out and played maybe their best first quarter of the season as they jumped on the Jets early and often. A 47 yard fumble return for a touchdown by Juqua Parker gave the Eagles their first score, and a 26 yard connection between Brent Celek and Vick made it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Vick scored his first rushing touchdown of the season to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, and LeSean McCoy got in on the action as his 11 yard touchdown run gave him the Eagles a 28-0 lead.  The Eagles allowed the Jets a chance to get back into the game with fumbles by McCoy and Dion Lewis, and New York took advantage as they scored 13 unanswered points to go into the half behind 28-13.

The Jets' momentum in the 2nd quarter would not transfer into the 3rd, as the Eagles came out scored on their first possession of the 2nd half. Vick hit Celek for a 73 yard catch and run over the middle, and McCoy brought it in from 1 yard out to break the franchise record. It also allowed the Eagles to push their lead back to a 3 score game, 35-13, and killed any chance the Jets had at a comeback.

For the Eagles fans that stayed around, the 4th quarter was unlike any other at Lincoln Financial Field- uneventful. Another touchdown by McCoy made the lead so big that not even the Eagles could blow it, as they cruised to a 45-19 win. 

Can the Eagles somehow make the playoffs? Despite how bad they have played this season, they still have a chance with only 2 wins to go- which is a credit to this team and this coaching staff.

Check out what I liked and I Didn't Like after the jump.

Player of the Game: Brent Celek, Eagles- It was going to take a big time performance to take player of the game away from McCoy on the day he broke a record, but that's exactly what Celek delivered. He had over 150 yards receiving, and his first touchdown broke the game open early.

Goat of the Game: Santonio Holmes- Holmes showed poor class when he was called for un-sportsman like conduct in the first half for his touchdown celebration, even though his team was trailing 28-10 at the time.

Quarterbacks:





How They Scored:

Eagles 7, Jets 0- 9:07 1Q- J. Parker 47 yard fumble return for TD. 

Eagles 14, Jets 0- 2:05 1Q- B. Celek 26 yd TD pass from M. Vick. 7 plys, 77 yds in 3:56

Eagles 21, Jets 0- 12:25 2Q- M.Vick 11 yd TD run. 7 plys, 57 yds in 2:44

Eagles 28, Jets 0- 9:57 2Q- L.McCoy 9 yd TD run. 2 plys, 17 yds in :59

Eagles 28, Jets 3- 6:27 2Q- N. Folk 39 yd FG. 7 plys, 58 yds in 3:30

Eagles 28, Jets 10- 4:48 2Q- S. Holmes 25 yd TD pass from M.Sanchez. 3 plys, 24 yds in 1:32

Eagles 28, Jets 13- :48 2Q- N. Folk 28 yd FG. 7 plys, 17 yds in 2:21

Eagles 35, Jets 13- 8:48 3W- L.McCoy 1 yd TD run. 5 plys, 89 yds in 2:27

Eagles 38, Jets 13- 4:26 3Q- A. Henery 28 yd FG. 6 plys, 43 yds in 3:15

Eagles 45, Jets 13-  14:40 4Q- L. McCoy 33 yd TD run. 3 plys, 39 yds in :40. 

Eagles 45, Jets 19- 9:44 4Q- P. Burress 9 yd TD pass from M.Sanchez. 4 plys, 47 yds in 1:50


What I Liked:

Michael Vick- Remember before the season when we all thought that Vince Young was not a big drop off from Michael Vick? Boy were we wrong. Vick had perhaps his best game in 2 months as he was great both on the ground and in the air. Time after time Vick stood in the pocket and picked the Jets' secondary apart in the 1st half, even if it meant taking a big hit to deliver the ball. His touchdown pass to Brent Celek was a thing of beauty and showed why these Eagles love playing for Vick. Vick also ran for his first touchdown of the season, showing he still has that extra burst that makes him the best running quarterback in the league. 

LeSean McCoy- LeSean McCoy tied the Eagles franchise record for touchdowns in a reason with 18 when he took it in from 11 yards out in the 2nd quarter, and he broke it in the 2nd half with his 19th of the season. His 3rd touchdown of the day in the 4th quarter put the game away for good, and gave him 20 touchdowns in what has been an incredible year for the 3rd year player. McCoy has had a tough time running the ball recently as he continues to bounce around behind the line too much, and also lost his first fumble of the season. But in breaking the team record, McCoy showed once again why he is perhaps the best running back in the game- he has a nose for the endzone and despite his small size, can get the tough yards when it counts. His big pay day is coming soon.

Jason Babin- Babin recorded 3 sacks against the Jets to bring him to 18 on the season, only 3 sacks shy of Reggie Whites franchise record. He may not be great against the run, but there is no question that he is one of the best pass rushers in the game. As Babin once put it, he is paid to bring down the quarterback- and the Eagles have gotten their money's worth this season.

Juqua Parker TD- The Eagles' defense set the tone early when Kurt Coleman nailed Santonio Holmes, causing him to fumble the ball- which Juqua Parker picked it up and ran in for a touchdown. It was a great play by Parker to recognize it was a fumble while the Jets just stood around, but it was an equally great play by Coleman for hitting the ball with his helmet causing the fumble. It gave the Eagles the early lead; something they have not had often at home. 

Brent Celek- With Celek now a threat in the passing game again, his value to this offense cannot be understated. He showed it once again on Sunday as he made a great catch for a 26 yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead early on. Celek is one of the few Eagles players on offense that fights on his way down to the ground, and his refusal to go down was the reason he got the touchdown, as he was hit about 5 yards from the endzone. 

Casey Matthews- Matthews sniffed out a screen play on the Jets first offensive series and stuffed Shonn Greene in the back field for a loss. It was not a play that affected the outcome of the game, but it was a great sign for Matthews that he was able to recognize the play- something he struggled with early in the season. Matthews has played significantly better since his early season benching. 


What I Didn't Like:

Turnovers- Turnovers. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. The coaches have preach it all season, but this team continues to be careless with the ball and it was no different on Sunday. Dion Lewis and LeSean McCoy both fumbled it in the first half, leading to 10 points for the Jets. It's hard to get on McCoy for his first lost fumble of the season, but it still was a critical mistake that led to points. Michael Vick's interception at the end of the half might have not had an impact on the outcome of the game, but it did show how careless this offense is with the ball, as he flung it in the air when nothing was there. Somehow this team is still in playoff contention, and if they're lucky enough to get in, the turnovers have to stop. 

Curtis Marsh- It's really hard to even explain what Marsh was doing when he ran into the ball in the first quarter on a punt, giving the Jets the ball in the red zone. It was the second poor play by Marsh in the past 2 weeks on special teams, and could have really hurt the Eagles if Asante Samuel did not bail them out on the following play when he intercepted Mark Sanchez. Marsh has had a hard time getting on the field this season, and has not looked great when he has. 

Nnamdi Asomugha- A game would not be complete without Asomugha being burned for a touchdown, and that happened in the 4th quarter. It was a great catch by Plaxico Burress, but it still was another example this season of Asomugha just being flat out beat when he had position to make the play. Asomugha also committed his 7th penalty of the season in the first half, the most on the team.

2nd Quarter- Last week the Eagles used a big second quarter to put away the Miami Dolphins. This week the Eagles used the 2nd quarter to let the Jets back in the game. After taking a 28-0 lead, the Eagles allowed the Jets to score 10 straight points to pull within 18. A rare LeSean McCoy fumble gave the Jets the ball back, and they scored another field goal to make it a 2 score game going into the half. 

Santonio Holmes- Holmes is considered one of the good guys in the NFL, but his 2nd quarter taunting penalty was a disgrace; a veteran should know better. With his team trailing by 18 points even after his touchdown, Holmes tried to mimic Terrell Owen's old TD celebration by flapping his arms and standing on the ball. Holmes was penalized for un-sportsman like conduct. 

Dion Lewis as KR- Lewis has shown two things this season- 1) he can be an effective change of pace back and 2) he is absolutely not the answer as kick returner. Lewis has never threatened to break one all season, and his fumble today in the 2nd quarter should be the nail in the coffin for his job as kick returner. Lewis belongs on this roster next season, but not as a kick returner. 

Next for the Eagles: The Eagles now travel to Dallas for a Christmas Eve showdown with the Cowboys at 4:15 pm. If the Jets can beat the New York Giants prior to kick off, the Eagles will once again be playing to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Follow Buzz on Broad Eagles Beat Writer Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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