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5 things to watch in the Eagles' preseason opener vs. Jets

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. ET. The game is listed in the latest Eagles vs Jets odds in the Caesars Sportsbook as Pick’am, while the over-under for total points is 36. Before locking in any Jets vs. Eagles pick, you need to look at NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Emory Hunt.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis for all levels of football since 2007. He is a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette and knows the game from a player’s perspective. Hunt’s dedication to analysis at all levels of college and professional football helped him start the USFL season 24–18, with a 12–6 record over the past five weeks.

Quick Hits: Eagles vs Jets Edition

The following is a situational look at some of the top topics you should be watching on Friday night.

Quarterback – Reed Sinnett has gotten a good hold of the QB3 job on untrained rookie Carson Strong and has even been rewarded with some other team reps. Though unlikely, a stellar Precision by the Senate could make it easier for GM Howie Rosman to hear potential offers from veteran backup Gardner Minshoo, who has struggled somewhat this summer.

Running Back: The Eagles aren’t going through a 17-game season with three backs, so there’s an opportunity, and fast Jason Huntley has the inside track. The New Mexico State product is already the best kick returner on the team, so if he can carry his water from the scrimmage, Philadelphia could drop the strings of a waiver on the position.

If we look at the team’s depth chart, both starting quarterbacks, Zach Wilson and Jalen Harts, along with their backups, are already familiar with their offenses after being on their teams last season.

As a result, I don’t expect much drop when they take the field. Look for backup Joe Flacco and Gardner Minshoo to take advantage of facing a weak secondary by pushing the ball down the field.

Usually, during the regular season, there is a much more extensive betting menu to browse through. However, betting is much more nuanced during the preseason, with fleeting lines moving rapidly.

Spotlight team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguar’s presidential opener could have been better. The offense in particular had some hiccups. But there were some exciting moments in the 24-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Trevor Lawrence’s first snap of the presidency was a good one. On a bootleg pass, Lawrence throws a fastball 32 yards to Zay Jones.

Lawrence then placed the ball on the reading area and ran for 11 yards before slipping down. Lawrence misfired on a few passes but settled for a solid 6-of-12, 95-yard night. He also got an easy touchdown on a well-rounded bootleg pass to former Giants tight end Evan Engram.

Travis Etienne looked good on some runs, though he dropped a pass near the goal line that could have been a touchdown at the end of the first drive. Etienne, the 2021 first-round pick who missed last season with a foot injury, was 23 yards on nine carries.

There was a lot to like on defense. Travan Walker, the top overall pick, reappears after doing well at last week’s Hall of Fame game. A good pass rush made a forceful holding call on Brown to tackle Jedric Wills Jr., however the penalty was denied. The Jaguars’ defense against Brown’s start looked good. They were one reason Deshan Watson was just 1-of-5 for 7 yards on his Browns preseason debut. Brown did not do one for the first time in three series with his opening offense.

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