Jets visit Eagles seeking offensive stability

The Philadelphia Eagles might have finally found an offensive formula that worked on Sept. 26, when they beat the Green Bay Packers.Any chance the New York Jets have of beginning to develop a positive offensive identity on Sunday likely depends on the spleen of quarterback Sam Darnold.The Eagles (2-2) will look to send the Jets (0-3) deeper into a season-opening funk when Philadelphia hosts New York on Sunday afternoon.The Eagles are coming off a nine-day “mini-bye” after running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders led them to a 34-27 win at Green Bay. The Jets had an actual and much-needed open date following a 30-14 loss to the New England Patriots on Sept. 22.The win over the Packers snapped a two-game losing streak for the Eagles while also establishing Howard and Sanders as a 1-2 punch worthy of complementing quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw three touchdowns despite completing just 16 passes.Howard (87 yards) and Sanders (72) led a rushing attack that produced 176 yards, the most for the Eagles since a 215-yard outburst against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 19, 2017. Sanders also had a 67-yard kickoff return that led to Wentz’s touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.”We always think we can run the ball,” Howard said. “This was a big game for us. We didn’t want to fall to 1-3. To come in here and win, it’s big.”Any victory would feel enormous for the Jets, whose once-promising outlook on the season has spiraled downhill in a hurry. Darnold (mononucleosis) missed the previous two games, a span in which New York scored just 17 points combined against the Patriots and Cleveland Browns.The touchdowns against the Patriots came via Arthur Maulet’s fumble recovery of a muffed punt in the end zone and a 61-yard Jamal Adams interception return, meaning the Jets have produced three offensive points in 25 series with Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk under center. Siemian is out for the season with an ankle injury suffered against the Browns, so if Darnold can’t go Sunday, Falk will draw his second start.

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