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Eagles vs. Panthers: What We Can Conclude From Week 2 Of The Preseason

From watching the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Panthers Thursday night, you can certainly tell that significant progress had been made with the Eagles, from when Chip Kelley took over as the head coach.  But what exactly was shown in a preseason game as considerably low scoring as 14-9?  Well, let’s start with the quarterbacks who are still fighting for the Week 1 starting job (Michael Vick and Nick Foles).

Salas had another nice game (via Eagles.com)

Both Vick and Foles looked pretty good, completing 15-of-18 passes combined in addition to both leading touchdown drives.  Perhaps the biggest negatives coming from this game were the fact that they each had an interception. Regardless, both guys seemed to be able to control the offense pretty well (especially Vick as the interception was his only incomplete pass on the night).

Since the quarterbacks played pretty well, the question would then become, how did the rest of the offense play?  To sum it up, they gave some decent preseason performances. Jason Avant (4 receptions, 42 yards), Zack Ertz (2 receptions, 36 yards) DeSean Jackson (2 receptions, 28 yards), Riley Cooper (2 receptions, 27 yards) and Greg Salas (2 receptions, 27 yards) all played an important role in the passing attack, while the running game was dominated by none other than LeSean McCoy who rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown.

As good as it is to hear that Chip Kelley seems to be having success with the offense, the true concern about the Eagles is their mediocre defense.  Ranked amongst the worst defenses in the league right now, Eagles fans should really be worried about preventing points more so than scoring them.  And on Thursday night, they didn’t look that bad, as holding an offense composed of players such as Cam Newtwon, Deangelo Williams and Steve Smith to zero touchdowns and just nine points is an accomplishment in itself.  Despite the solid play, the factors that played as negatives were no forced turnovers as well as just one sack.  The Eagles defense is going to need to provide much more pressure if they expect to hold decent NFL offenses to a reasonable amount of points.

Overall, it was a good win. This Eagles football team seems to really be coming along and Weeks 2 and 3 of the preseason is the best look you get of a developing squad before the games start to be recorded in the standings.  Looking forward, the Eagles have a long week ahead of them, as they wont return to the field for another nine days when they will travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars at EverBank Field.

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