With one preseason game in the books, we can safely say the Eagles have the potential to play some very entertaining games this season.
The Eagles’ offense started the preseason in sharp form. Quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles each played two series, and each led the Eagles to a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 31-22 home loss to New England Friday night.
Vick displayed excellent arm strength, accuracy and touch when hitting DeSean Jackson deep downfield for a 47-yard first-quarter touchdown. When Vick departed in the first quarter, he had compiled a perfect QB rating of 158.3.
Foles lost a fumble on his first drive under pass-rush pressure, but he responded well, leading a 10-play, 66-yard drive punctuated by an eight-yard Bryce Brown TD run. The Eagles operated without a huddle and with a fairly quick pace for much of the drive, with Foles twice completing third-down passes to move the chains.
Foles connected on 5-of-6 throws for 43 yards, with Vick completing 4-of-5 passes for 94 yards. Less than 20 minutes into the game, both were done for the night.
“I thought they both did a good job,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of Vick and Foles after the game, according to the Associated Press.
The Eagles play the Panthers in Carolina in six days, and Foles gets his shot to start. Some quarterback competitions can be dreadful to watch, but not this one. Vick’s long TD pass was a nice reminder of his gifts, and Foles’ TD drive was a reminder that good offense played at a good clip is fun viewing.
The bad news for the Eagles on Friday night? Their defense looked vulnerable, surrendering 248 rushing yards to New England, with 167 allowed in the first half.
With the Eagles changing schemes on both sides of the ball, there could be some rough patches in the summer. This is the time to go through them. Indeed, the defense did so Friday night. But there were some good moments on the other side of the ball, some flashes that suggest the Eagles can hang in some games — and in style, too — even when under some duress.