The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have each had memorable preseasons. Of course, Eagles fans like myself are far more likely to remember it in a positive fashion. Although we have many reasons to still nitpick the team and their chances this year, the actual preseason results were nothing to sneeze at. But the Jets have done nothing but sneeze and look sick on the field this month - and it came to a fitting end for both teams on Aug. 30.
The exhibition finale didn't have Nick Foles steal the show for the Eagles, and the Jets actually scored one touchdown. Other than that, it was a fitting end for both squads, as the Eagles easily capped off a perfect preseason and the Jets embarrassed themselves one more time in a 28-10 Philadelphia victory.
The miracle of miracles was taken care of midway through the second, when the Jets scored their very first touchdown of 2012. Since it was Greg McElroy who led the historic drive instead of Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, it didn't exactly break the tie between the two regular quarterbacks. In any case, New York did finally have something to brag about, and it provided an asterisk to Philadelphia's otherwise perfect August.
But fittingly, everything went downhill for the Jets and uphill for the Eagles after that. While that touchdown gave New York a 7-0 lead, it was outscored by 28-3 the rest of the way. With Foles only playing one quarter, it was up to Trent Edwards to lead the way as he fought for his place on the team. And like for most of August, the Eagles did better on offense when their starting quarterback was taken out.
Edwards made his final statement by going 22-for-32 with two touchdowns - and more importantly, no turnovers. If Michael Vick lasts for very long this season, there may not be many games where he has zero turnovers to his name, so this was a nice change of pace.
Meanwhile, an Eagles defense that was spotty to start the preseason ended it on a high note - albeit against the most lost offense in the NFL. Sanchez and Tebow couldn't be held as scapegoats this time, yet the Jets still only had 172 yards of total offense and just 13 first downs to the Eagles' 25. It seems no matter who is on the field, New York can't rack up any real offense - unlike with Philadelphia.
The depth that the Eagles showed this preseason must come in handy when the games count, so hopefully this is a sign that it will. But as for the Jets, there are pretty much no good signs they can take into the regular season - except that they can't possibly go 0-16 with only four offensive touchdowns all year.
The month of August ended the only way it could for the Eagles and Jets. Now New York has to pray that the next four months end much better - although Philadelphia wouldn't mind history repeating itself.
Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.
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