EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Youssouf Sabaly Paris Saint-Germain Jersey .J. -- Matt Simms might have answered at least one part of the New York Jets quarterback question. The starter and backup are still uncertain. But Simms proved he deserved to be No. 3. Simms, competing for the third-string job, led four scoring drives, and Kahlil Bell ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets topped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Thursday night in the teams preseason finale. "Yeah, it was a lot of fun," Simms said. "To go out there and play like that, its just tremendous. Your dream finally comes true. It was everything and more." Rookie Geno Smith, the Jets possible Week 1 starter, and the injured Mark Sanchez sat this one out as both Rex Ryan and the Eagles Chip Kelly rested their starters. That meant Michael Vick also remained on Philadelphias sideline after winning the Eagles competition last week, earning the job ahead of Nick Foles while looking comfortable and effective running Kellys up-tempo offence. Smith, the Jets second-round draft pick, was in uniform but was told Wednesday he wouldnt play anymore in the preseason. "In our current situation with Mark being down, you just cant take any risks," Smith said. Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of the teams 24-21 overtime win over the Giants last Saturday night and is uncertain to start the season. Ryans decision to play Sanchez, who appeared to win the starting job after Smith threw three interceptions and stepped out of bounds for a safety, was highly criticized during the past few days. Ryan said he wouldnt have put Sanchez out on the field if it wasnt "important," but Smith might have earned the season-opening start by default. "Business as usual," Smith said when asked if he was approaching things as if hell start. "Thats something I always do and whether or not I am (starting), I will always approach it the same way." The Jets have said only that Sanchez is "day to day" with the injury, but its very possible Smith could be under centre against Tampa Bay on Sept 8. Ryan had no update on Sanchez after the game, and the quarterback left MetLife Stadium without addressing the media. Simms, whose father Phil had plenty of big games against the Eagles in his days with the Giants, had his own Meadowlands moment. He finished 33 of 44 for 285 yards while playing almost the entire game; newly signed Graham Harrell took a knee to end it. Greg McElroy, whom Simms has been competing with, didnt play with an injured knee. "We really wanted to get a good look at Simms, we really did," Ryan said. "I think hes earned that right. ... Matt jumped in and made the most of his opportunity." Antonio Allen appeared to seal it for the Jets (3-1) when he intercepted Matt Barkley and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown with 1:57 remaining in the game. But the Eagles (2-2) had one more chance after Zach Rogers dropped a fair catch of a punt with 45 seconds left. Matthew Tucker ran it in from 1 yard moments later to make it 27-20 with his second TD of the game for Philadelphia. The ensuing onside kick attempt by the Eagles went out of bounds, sealing it for the Jets. Foles was 6 of 17 for 63 yards in two quarters, before being replaced by Barkley to start the second half. Barkley was 13 of 27 for 134 yards and the interception. "I dont think we protected (Foles) very well," Kelly said. "A lot of times, it was a four-man rush that was in his face. He didnt really have time to set his feet. We had some protection issues with the second O-line." After Barkley led a tying touchdown drive for the Eagles, Simms went to work -- and the Jets stayed on the field a while. Bell capped a 19-play drive over 80 yards that ticked 10:19 off the clock with a 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game. "Hes been playing phenomenally all season," Bell said of Simms. "The kids been coming out and slinging it." Simms was sacked seven times in the first half, and the first came 2:21 into the game when he was taken down by Brandon Graham in the end zone for a safety that gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The Jets got the ball back quickly, though, by forcing a turnover on second down when Ricky Sapp sacked Foles and forced a fumble that was recovered by Antonio Garay. Simms then led a five-play scoring drive that included a defensive holding penalty and was capped by an 8-yard run by Bell, who took a direct snap in the wildcat formation. Dan Carpenter, signed Tuesday to compete with incumbent Nick Folk, kicked a 45-yard field goal with 4:01 left in the opening quarter to make it 10-2. Philadelphia took advantage of a fumble recovery by Colt Anderson late in the first half after Konrad Reuland lost the ball and put the Eagles deep in Jets territory. Alex Henery kicked a 38-yard field goal moments later to make it 10-5 with 2:34 left. Barkley led a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive on the Eagles second possession of the second half, capped by a 3-yard run by Tucker. The undrafted free agent out of TCU then took a handoff up the middle for the 2-point conversion to tie it at 13 with 6:35 left in the third quarter. "Ive kind of been all over the place," Barkley said. "Its a different kind of rhythm you have to try and get in to. Its kind of bits and pieces. I think Ive managed to do as best a job as I can. Im learning as much as I can." NOTES: Eagles CB Trevard Lindley sprained his right ankle in the third quarter, and TE James Casey left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and didnt return. ... 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.J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week.The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers made moves to improve their playoff chances while the Chicago White Sox stockpiled assets from both clubs. Numbers Game breaks down the deal sending Jake Peavy to Boston, Jose Iglesias to Detroit and prospects to the White Sox. The Red Sox Get: RHP Jake Peavy and RHP Brayan Villareal. Peavy, 32, is an upgrade for the Red Sox rotation, particularly in the absence of Clay Buchholz, who has been their best starting pitcher this season. However, Peavy has hardly been overpowering this season. Hes 8-4 for a losing White Sox team, but his 4.28 ERA is the result of a career-high home run rate (14 in 80 IP). In his last half dozen starts, Peavy has surrendered seven home runs and has allowed four or more earned runs in four of those six starts, posting a 6.03 ERA. According to Fan Graphs, Peavy is allowing fly balls on a career-high 47.1% of balls in play. On a positive note, Peavy has 76 strikeouts and only 17 walks this season, his 4.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio the best of his career as hes throwing a career-high percentage (21.1%) of cutters and a career-low percentage (5.1%) of sliders. Peavys overall value this season has been compromised by injury, as he spent six weeks on the disabled list with broken ribs, so he currently ranks 86th among starting pitchers in the TSN.ca Player Rankings. Over the next season-plus, Peavy could be worth as much as five to six wins above replacement for the Red Sox, though a cumulative WAR of three or so might be a reasonable expectation. Peavys arrival likely means that prospect Brandon Workman, who has a 3.54 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings through four appearances after winning Tuesdays start against Seattle, will be bumped from the Boston rotation down the stretch. In his entire career, Peavy has pitched one game at Fenway Park May 30, 2011). Peavys contract pays him $14.5-million for this season and next. There is a $15-million player option for 2015, but Peavy wont meet the innings pitched requirement to be eligible for that option. Villareal is a 26-year-old reliever with a power arm who was effective (2.63 ERA in 54 2/3 IP) in 2012, but has spent most of this year at Triple-A, trying to work on command issues. He has a 3.15 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings for Toledo, but also an alarming 26 walks. Villareal also had eight walks and a 20.77 ERA in 4 1/3 innings with the Tigers, so hes going to have to start finding the plate more regularly if hes going to have major league value, but his fastball dials up into the mid-to-high-90s, so he could be effective if he can establish some control. The Tigers Get: SS Jose Iglesias. Iglesias, a 23-year-old slick fielder who has given the Red Sox relief at both shortstop and third base this season, provides Detroit with insurance in the likely event that shortstop Jhonny Peralta accepts a 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis lab in Miami. All along, Iglesias has been highly-regarded for his defensive play, but has been a liability at the plate, hitting .257 with a .622 OPS in four minor-league seasons, including a .581 OPS in 33 games at Triple-A this season. But, in 63 games with the Red Sox, Iglesias has hit .330 with a .787 OPS, with an unsustainably-high .377 batting average on balls in play (worth noting that Peralta has a .381 BABIP), and Iglesias has already started regressing (hitting .205 with a .467 OPS in July) after hiss outrageously hot start. David Luiz Jersey. Iglesias average was an astronomical .451 through his first 60 games and has steadily declined since, not unlike someone who won a few big pots early at the poker table and is now watching his stack of chips steadily, but inevitably, shrink away. As long as the Tigers arent expecting offensive production from Iglesias, he should be a long-term fixture in the middle of the Detroit infield for years to come and, with less than a year of major league service time, is under team control financially making him an inexpensive starter if he is going to be Peraltas successor. The White Sox Get: RF Avisail Garcia, SS Cleuluis Rondon, RHP Francellis Montas, RHP Jeffrey Wendelken. Garcia, 22, is a power-packed outfielder who made the jump from A-ball to Triple-A to the majors this season, posting six homers, 27 RBI, .387 batting average and .999 OPS in 38 minor league games. His challenge, to this point in his career, has been plate discipline. He struck out 33 times, compared to 11 walks, in the minors this season and that 3:1 ratio is a decided improvement on previous seasons when his strikeout-to-walk ratio was five or six to one. That lack of plate discipline, however, poses problems in the major leagues, where Garcia simply swings at too many pitches. The result, through 53 games last year and this year is a .269 batting average and .663 OPS (with 31 strikeouts and seven walks). With his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame, Garcia should be a power hitter, but its going to take some time and further development before hes doing it with any consistency in the majors. There has been talk of the White Sox trading veteran RF Alex Rios, which would certainly open up regular playing time for Garcia and while it could be too soon to yield favourable results, those reps at the plate could also help Garcia improve his batting eye. Rondon is a 19-year-old shortstop from the Red Sox system who is still in low-A ball. Hes not hitting enough at that level (.681 OPS in 36 games this season) to expect him to be a major leaguer, but hes a terrific defender, still very young and four or five years from now, when he fills out physically, maybe he could fill a utility role. A power-armed RHP, Montas is 20-years-old and struggling some (2-9, 5.70 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) at Single-A Greenville, but also has an overpowering fastball that has helped him accrue 96 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings, so there is enough upside to consider. Even if he doesnt develop the repertoire to remain a starter as he climbs the ladder, Montas has the mid-90s velocity to believe that he could fill a relief role. Also in Greenville, 21-year-old Wendelken has been strictly a reliever since he was picked in the 13th round in 2012. In 85 1/3 career IP, he has a 2.43 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 82 strikeouts. He may not be as overpowering as Montas, but also holds the potential to fill a bullpen role in the majors. In the midst of a disappointing season, its no surprise to see the White Sox trying to re-stock the system and theyve done all right here. If Garcia simply turns into a major league regular right fielder, then hell offer more long-term value than Peavy. It will take some time and additional development for that value to be realized. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca
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