5 Eagles on Thin Ice After Week 6 Disaster vs. Jets

The Eagles are forced to reassess their strategies after disappointing performances from several key players, including Driscoll and Smith, lead to an upset loss to the Jets.

Five Philadelphia Eagles thin ice after their performance in Week 6 against the New York Jets.
Five Philadelphia Eagles thin ice after their performance in Week 6 against the New York Jets. / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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2. DeVonta Smith

DeVonta Smith is a key part of the Eagles' attack, but that doesn't make him immune to poor performances, and we saw that first hand on Sunday.

First off, Smith's production on the afternoon was seriously lacking. He only hauled in five receptions for a meager 44 yards, failing to make the big plays Philadelphia leans on him for. That hurt in a contest where the Eagles' offense needed someone to provide a spark.

Smith's numbers are even more disappointing considering the mouth-watering matchup he had. New York was missing its top two cornerbacks in Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, who form arguably the league's best CB duo. Even preferred backup Brandin Echols was out as well, giving Smith and A.J. Brown a chance to feast against Michael Carter II and Bryce Hall.

Brown did his part, racking up 131 yards on seven catches. Meanwhile, Smith recorded half of his yards on just one play. He also seriously struggled with drops, making not one, but two slip-ups.

The latter drop was especially costly. Philly was in a rhythm before that play and would've been in prime touchdown-scoring territory if Smith hauls that pass in near the Jets' 25-yard line with plenty of room in front of him. A TD there puts the Eagles up 21-9, and considering the ultimate result of the contest, this what-if hurts a ton.

Smith's not in any danger of losing his job or seeing his snaps decline given his importance, but these drops could make Jalen Hurts second guess himself the next time he looks for the wideout in crucial moments.