Sunday, December 18, 2011
Eagles lead Jets in wild first half
By James Walker
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles lead the New York Jets, 28-13, in a wild first half.
Here are some notes at intermission:
- This is an ugly game involving teams that still have hopes for the playoffs. The Eagles were drilling the Jets, 28-0, before making costly mistakes. New York ended the half with 13 straight points to get back into the game. The final 10 points were scored off a pair of Philadelphia turnovers. There have been seven turnovers total in this game.
- Jets receiver Santonio Holmes had two costly mistakes in the first quarter that stalled New York’s offense. Holmes fumbled on his first reception and it was returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Philadelphia defensive end Juqua Parker. Holmes also dropped a pass in the red zone that was intercepted by Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel. Holmes also got a taunting call after scoring a touchdown before halftime.
- New York's pass protection has been shaky. The Eagles are coming off a nine-sack performance last week against the Miami Dolphins and have three sacks Sunday against Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Philadelphia defensive end Jason Babin (two sacks) is having his way in the first half with New York right tackle Wayne Hunter.
- Win or lose, the Jets (8-5) got some unexpected help from the Indianapolis Colts, who picked up their first win by upsetting the Tennessee Titans (7-7). But the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) beat the St. Louis Rams and will be tied with the Jets if this game continues the path it is going.