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Eagles’ offense shows promise in preseason opener

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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.

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38 Responses to “Eagles’ offense shows promise in preseason opener”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:11 AM

    However, their defense didn’t ha. Worst in the NFC.

  2. Stiller43 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:27 AM

    Youve gotta show that blount run lol. That was hilarious.

  3. nyjetsfan08 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:30 AM

    This is a good problem to have, a la RGIII and Cousins in DC. Hopefully, for the sake of their team, if both QBs keep the competition tight until the start of the season, the Eagles will keep both QBs on the roster. I didn’t get to watch much of the game, but how much of Foles’ success attributed to Kelly’s system?

  4. bigwayne75 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:32 AM

    Shame their defense didn’t, it looks like the Eagles can’t stop the run. What use is it to have a fast pace offense, if the other team can rest their defensive players, when their offense is chewing up time on the clock.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2013 2:41 AM

    Plus 100 yards w/ 1 TD and 0 INT from Barkley, not too shabby.

  6. bigblu73 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:35 AM

    I said it before, MV7 will have all the haters pretending like they never said Foles was gonna be the starter! Haha
    Foles is not as bad as Kevin Kolb but he’s no Mike Vick!!

  7. floratiotime says: Aug 10, 2013 5:47 AM

    Is it too soon to talk Superbowl ?

  8. eagleempire says: Aug 10, 2013 6:40 AM

    Man… our defense is gonna take some lumps this season :(

  9. officialgame says: Aug 10, 2013 7:06 AM

    The Eagles defense allowed 4 huge running plays mainly due to missed tackles and players taking poor angles. The bad news is it has been going on since the loss of Jim Johnson the good need is there time to get better. Other then that the Eagles looked organized and extremely well coached.

  10. kerryc21realty says: Aug 10, 2013 7:27 AM

    The Skins are going to show you how it’s done in the NFL in the Monday night opener HTTR

  11. wiitrainingcamp says: Aug 10, 2013 7:36 AM

    The offense was impressive under Foles and Vick and I’m anxious to see more. The TD drive with Foles was a thing of beauty. Barkely, not so much. He definitely doesn’t have the arm strength of Vick or Foles and I even thought some of his decisions were questionable.

    I think most of us expected the defense to struggle, and it certainly did last night.

  12. therealtrenches says: Aug 10, 2013 7:57 AM

    A few bright spots on the Eagles D:

    Sopoaga, Cox, Kendricks, Boykin, Chung, and Vinny Curry.

    Those guys made plays. The rest? Not so much.

  13. eagleswin says: Aug 10, 2013 8:18 AM

    How clean was that pocket early on? Vick had at least 4 seconds before he threw the ball. It’s to bad he won’t see that during the regular season.

    Good start for the offense, let’s hope they can build on that for the regular season.

  14. bobbyhoying says: Aug 10, 2013 8:37 AM

    The defense has the potential to be worse than last year’s edition.

  15. cguy7 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:03 AM

    Nice “D” Philly… You better score a lot of points because I don’t think I saw a linebacker make a tackle the entire game. Through poor personnel decisions, the NFC East talent level has dropped off significantly on Defense. There are going to be a lot of high scoring games this year. Dallas probably has the best Defense, and that is not saying a lot…

  16. polapea says: Aug 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    O looked good. Ran the ball on 1st and 2nd and stayed out of 3rd and longs most of the night. Running the ball is a nice change from Reid.

    D is going to be horrible. Billy Davis has failed everywhere he’s gone and running a 3-4 with mostly 4-3 personnel is going to be a mess.

    I’m seeing 4-5 W’s max this year.

  17. gopblows says: Aug 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    NO The Eagles offense doesn’t have promise…..

    A Mike Vick led offense has promise.

    Vick played vs the 1st team defense and Foles vs 2nd team defense.

    Don’t spin the facts.

  18. therealtrenches says: Aug 10, 2013 10:06 AM

    When will Foles get some credit from the commenters here?

    He set passing records in college, played terrifically last year in a bad situation ( which included a rash of injuries to the o-line), and moved the twos last night. His success last night is hardly only the result of Kelly’s system.

    As for the d, they just need more talent. They have some really good players who did good things last night (Sopoaga, Curry, Kendricks, Boykin), but they have too many holes.

  19. insanelomein2 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    Chippers offense will be figured out by the professional DC of the NFL. I was not a fan of the hiring and really not a fan of watching read option on every offensive play.

  20. bleedeaglegreen says: Aug 10, 2013 10:24 AM

    “I said it before, MV7 will have all the haters pretending like they never said Foles was gonna be the starter! Haha”

    We’ll see, he also had 4 seconds to throw the ball, he will never have that in the regular season. In addition, if you go back & look at this pass to Jackson that all the Vick fans are so hyped about, he NEVER looked anywhere else. Looked for Jackson the WHOLE time. Watch corners feast on him when the regular season starts. Love people that want to take a few positive plays in the first preseason game to mean everything. LOL

  21. billhicks666 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    therealtrenches says:

    “…As for the d, they just need more talent….”

    Oh, is that all?

  22. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    I must say I am impressed. We only lost by 9 points to a solid Patriots team. This Patriots team is a solid unit and unlike us this is not their first time playing together. We are just finding ourselves and figuring things out. To come within 9 points of a team that good I am happy. Yes our D needs work but thats why we have 3 more preseason games. Defense will come together eventually. Chip Kelly is doing a very nice job!

    (lmao @ redskins fans, congratz you beat the….. titans (by 1 point) lol…. in a preseason game. Yep super bowl champs!)

  23. djax10isthebomb says: Aug 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    Blah, blah, blah, haters.

  24. cliverush says: Aug 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    Vick threw a nice pass prior to the TD and appeared to have good pocket presence. The pass to Jackson was placed perfectly regardless of his looking at him all the way. If you have a receiver like Jackson to help you, plays will be made. From what I have observed lately in the league, quality safeties are in short supply. Guy like Dawkins and Harrison are not coming into the league as in the past. As a Pats fan this is very obvious.

  25. TheWizard says: Aug 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    I thought the defense was supposed to be ahead of the offense in the beginning.

    It was the opposite for both teams.

    Doesn’t bode well for either unit.

  26. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 10, 2013 11:34 AM

    s0merand0mguy says:
    Aug 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    (lmao @ redskins fans, congratz you beat the….. titans (by 1 point) lol…. in a preseason game. Yep super bowl champs!)
    ______________
    I thought the Eagles played pretty decently, and I don’t think I have ever, in my life, complimented the Eagles on anything. However, you have to remember that scores in preseason games mean absolutely nothing, like the points on Whose Line is it Anyway (anybody else remember when that was a thing?).

    The Patriots are not even that deep of a squad, and Philly probably should not have lost that game, however losing by ten in the preseason means the other team is trying too hard, August games should be decided by a touchdown or less.

    And yes, the Redskins only won by one point, in a game with no starting quarterback, in a game featuring Rex Grossman for three (3) quarters. That’s three quarters where the ball can’t travel more than 12 yards through the air.

    And one quarter with Pat White. Yes, the Pat White, the one who hasn’t taken a snap in over two years. And yes, it was the Titans, but it was a Titans team that kept Chris Johnson and Jake Locker in for two quarters. Between an injured D-Line three rookies starting in the secondary, and the Titans trying really hard, nobody on this side of 95 is worried.

    Also, we won. So yeah, that about wraps that up.

  27. officialgame says: Aug 10, 2013 12:27 PM

    One has to keep things in perspective when commenting on a team coming off of a 4 win season not a Superbowl contender. Defensively they are switching to a 3/4 from a 4/3, with a new coordinator and had the worst D in the league last year. Hey every team can’t be as powerful as the mighty Skins who have dominated football to the tune of 0 playoff wins in 25 years. Why they are so fixated on the Eagles and their college head coach makes one wonder.

  28. 4getu says: Aug 10, 2013 12:41 PM

    @insanelomein2
    Aug 10, 2013, 8:21 AM MDT

    Wow! Really? Are you really that dumb? I’m starting to think it would have been best if PFT did get rid of the comments. Anyways, the offense has promise, and the defense has a lot of work. It’s not true bill Davis has failed everywhere he’s been. His defenses haven’t been as dominating as we would like, but Cleveland’s defense was actually a bright spot for them last year, again, good, but not dominant. We all miss Jim Johnson

  29. 4getu says: Aug 10, 2013 12:47 PM

    @bleedeaglegreen
    Aug 10, 2013, 8:24 AM MDT

    That’s a weird name for someone who doesn’t like or root for the eagles. Yeah, mike Vick sat there and waited for Jackson to run past the corner in 1 on 1. He knew he would and he did. I’m not going to sit here and act like Vick is the best QB ever and is going to be MVP this year, but that play is what it is, you have no argument, stop trying so hard

  30. ososrule says: Aug 10, 2013 12:49 PM

    Vick’s reaction was so desperate….not the look of a veteran, confident QB. If I was an Eagles fan that would make me worry. The guy always seems to screw it up in the end, its time to move on…

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:48 PM

    cguy7 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:03 AM

    Nice “D” Philly… You better score a lot of points because I don’t think I saw a linebacker make a tackle the entire game. Through poor personnel decisions, the NFC East talent level has dropped off significantly on Defense. There are going to be a lot of high scoring games this year. Dallas probably has the best Defense, and that is not saying a lot…
    —————

    Giants have the best defense in the NFC East as long as there are no major injuries. Are you in the clouds???

  32. tedmurph says: Aug 10, 2013 3:12 PM

    Yup, the Giants, who went 9-7, missed the playoffs and was 31rst in the league in yrds allowed. Someone’s got their head in the clouds alright.

  33. bleedeaglegreen says: Aug 10, 2013 3:25 PM

    @4getu

    I am an Eagles fan, just not a Vick fan. He’s the most over hyped QB in NFL history. You all want to be excited about Mike Vick, BMG. He will disappoint again as always. He’ll never be a big game QB, but please feel free all the Vick supporters to get excited about the first pre-season GAME. May be all you’ll have in October.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Offense will need to score about 50 points to win a game. Did Kelly forget to tell his defense it’s OK to tackle in preseason games? That was pathetic.

    Patriots would have scored as many points as they wanted to in a regular season game.

  35. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:42 PM

    I said it before, MV7 will have all the haters pretending like they never said Foles was gonna be the starter! Haha
    Foles is not as bad as Kevin Kolb but he’s no Mike Vick!!

    _____________________________________________________

    I really hope Foles isn’t Mike Vick. If that was the case, might as well cut both now and start with Barkley, Dixon or Kinne, because Vick has and will always suck.

    I don’t know what you Vick fans see that think he is a good QB. He doesn’t have any QB traits other than arm strength. He isn’t accurate, can’t read a defense, can’t make quick decisions and turns the ball over a ton (Probably the highest TO rate in the league of any active QB).

    He also isn’t a winner. He had 3 winning seasons in his 10 year career. He never got past the NFC Championship game. Yet all these Vick fans that are Eagles fans will crap on Tony Romo for being a choker…… I would take Romo a million times over Vick. Vick also doesn’t have any good stats (passing wise) besides an 8 game stretch in his 10 year career, so please keep acting like Vick is this good QB. It is funny to see the stupidity.

  36. mungman69 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:43 PM

    The Eagles’ defense is terrible. They just don’t have the players on that side of the team. It will take at least one more year to fix. Eagles win 6 games.

  37. usg1 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:44 PM

    When will Foles get some credit from the commenters here?

    He set passing records in college, played terrifically last year in a bad situation ( which included a rash of injuries to the o-line), and moved the twos last night. His success last night is hardly only the result of Kelly’s system.

    As for the d, they just need more talent. They have some really good players who did good things last night (Sopoaga, Curry, Kendricks, Boykin), but they have too many holes.

    __________________________________________________

    He won’t because there are too many dumb Vick fans here that hate on Foles no matter what he does. Vick had 1 good pass in the preseason and they act like he did great. They ignore the fact that Vick has 10 seasons of stats that suggest he is mediocre as a QB.

  38. mannyicey says: Aug 11, 2013 8:20 AM

    Well, the Eagles should be excited about their offense. Vick looks like the starter- his stat sheet was terrific and incredibly accurate. That pass to Jackson was a thing of beauty.

    Foles looks like a very capable backup. That drive that he did against the 2nd team Patriots defense. That drive was pretty!

    So all in all- the offense looks nice, the pecking order is in place (even though unannounced) and it’s going to be exciting for the Eagles. On Offense.

    Defense? Needs plenty, plenty of work!

    Oh, and one of the best things to happen was Tebow getting extensive playing time. It wasn’t pretty, but if he’s going to make the team- he needs to get all of that on tape so he can improve. If he doesn’t, he’s not going to make the team.

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