Eagles starters could go into third quarter on Monday night

AP

The last game of Week Two of the preseason could end up being the first game of Week Three, at least as it relates to the Eagles.

Coach Andy Reid said Saturday that Philly could be using its first-team offense and defense into the third quarter.

“I’ll just get a feel,” Reid said as to the question of whether he’ll use his starters beyond intermission.  “We’ll just see how it all rolls and go from there.”

As recently explained by Matt Chando of South Jersey Media Group, the Eagles could treat their Week Two preseason game like the standard Week Three dress rehearsal because the Eagles face the Browns in Week Three of the preseason — only 16 days before playing them in Week One of the schedule that counts.

Then there’s the  fact that the Eagles play on Monday night against the Patriots followed by the Browns preseason game only four days later.

Reid said earlier this week that the starters will play at least half of the Monday night game.

For most teams, the starters don’t participate much if at all in the final preseason game.