The Inquirer’s look at some of the highs, lows, odds and ends from Sunday’s game:
Unsung defensive player of the game: He needs to work on his celebration, but defensive end Phillip Hunt recorded a sack for the second straight week and led the Eagles with six total tackles. Jason Babin’s three sacks will get the attention – as they should – but Hunt’s play over the last two weeks has softened the unrest over Brandon Graham’s ineffectiveness.
Luckiest player: For the second straight week Eagles cornerback Curtis Marsh was saved by the defense after he made a dubious play on special teams. Last week it was Babin forcing a fumble after Marsh coughed up the football on an ill-advised lateral on a punt return. This week it was Asante Samuel pulling in an interception after a punt bounced off Marsh and to the Jets.
Best challenge: A Rex Ryan challenge late in the game awarded Plaxico Burress a touchdown, but the game was over at that point. Andy Reid, though, was able to reverse a called LeSean McCoy fumble. The replays were clear, but the Eagles went on to score on the drive. Reid is 9 of 14 on challenges this season.
Best touchdown run: McCoy gets praise for his three rushing touchdowns and for setting a franchise record, but Michael Vick’s second quarter dash and dive at the pylon was a play few quarterbacks in the this league can make. Vick’s ribs may not be 100 percent, but it sure didn’t look it on that play as he scored his first rushing touchdown on the season.
Second luckiest player: The Eagles were cruising and ahead, 28-3, when Dion Lewis fumbled midway through the second quarter. The rookie running back hasn’t been effective as a kick returner this season, but he had managed to hold onto the football up until he coughed one up on a return. The Jets turned the turnover into a touchdown and briefly had life.
Dumbest penalty: Of the Jets’ 11 penalties a number were boneheaded. But how about Santonio Holmes drawing a personal foul flag for unsportsmanlike conduct after he scored to narrow the Eagles lead to 28-10. Holmes had already fumbled, and had a pass bounce off his hands for a pick, and he’s going to taunt the Eagles by flapping his wings? What a dope.
Luckiest coach: Keeping Vick in even after the Eagles were ahead, 38-13, late in the third quarter wasn’t that outlandish. Reid did have Vick handoff on first down. But when the quarterback dropped back on second down, ran around for 10 seconds and was hit to the ground, foreheads from all around Eagles Nation were being dropped into hands. Wisely, Reid called on McCoy on third down and he iced the game with a 33-yard touchdown run. Vick’s and McCoy’s days were done after that.