When the Eagles were completely shut down by the Giants in Week 12, a lot of fans viewed Philly as a team that had entered the game with too much confidence, with an arrogance that showed they didn't respect New York as a serious opponent. And for that, they paid the price.
Perhaps, then, they changed their tune when they had a date with the Jets in Week 13, looking at them as an opponent worth preparing for despite their 3-8 record. And if that was the case, it looks like such a mind set paid off, as Philly marched out of MetLife Stadium with a 33-18 victory thanks to a very strong defensive second half.
If you ask Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, however, he'll tell you that respect wasn't exactly on the Eagles' minds in Week 13.
"...Right now, teams are not respecting us. And that's well-deserved, whether it's by self-inflicted wounds or by the history of the Jets," Mosley said. "...It was all over Philly, I saw it. Coin toss, no handshake. (Fletcher) Cox was laughing at Saleh, Coach Saleh, when he was fighting for us trying to get a play call.
"You see that stuff and you feel that stuff, and as a competitor, as a warrior, when you're fighting with your brothers, that pisses you off. And that's been going on for a long time. Like I said, whether it's from self-inflicted wounds or from stuff in the past, when things change, they're going to change quick. And I come to work every day, I come to work every day with that mind set."
It's not as though the Jets haven't earned any respect throughout the season — a Week 4 overtime win against the Titans and a Week 9 win over the Bengals are two good examples of efforts worth the appreciation of others — but they're not a team that most others will be scared to play. Still, shirking the pregame handshake isn't the best move by Philadelphia if Mosley's claim is true.
A playoff appearance, which is something that has eluded the Jets since 2010, is something that would right the trajectory of other teams' perception of Mosley's team... and like he said, that's what they're working to change every day. Don't be surprised if we have to wait a little while longer for that to happen, though.