Tonights game


 Hey, does anyone know how to watch tonights game vs. the Patriots? I know it's on Eagles Television Network but I dont know how to get that. Is there anywhere online where I can watch it? Thanks for your help.

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Last Time They Met: Aug. 22, 2008 - Eagles 27, Patriots 17
In the third game of last year's preseason, the Eagles rode two return touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half to a victory that was not as close as the score would indicate. Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown and DeSean Jackson returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown after the Patriots punted on the ensuing possession. The Eagles nearly had an 8-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Hank Baskett but the score was overturned upon video review. The first-team offense looked very sharp, as McNabb was 13-of-17 for 180 yards and a touchdown in one half of action.

When The Eagles Have The Ball
The Patriots run a 3-4 defense that is highlighted by Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour along the defensive line and Adalius Thomas and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Jerod Mayo at linebacker. This being the first preseason game, the Patriots will likely be giving long looks to rookies Patrick Chung (safety), Ron Brace (defensive tackle) and Darius Butler (cornerback). For the Eagles, this game will be a good chance to get a good look at what rookie running back LeSean McCoy can do in game action for the first time, as well as an important test for the reworked offensive line. The tight end situation should also be fun to watch, as Brent Celek has really come on in training camp as an offensive force. With the recent injury to rookie Cornelius Ingram, it will be interesting to see if anyone stands out as a backup tight end. The other main focus for observers will be the talented and deep wide receiver corps, as there are a plethora of NFL-caliber wideouts hoping to grab a spot on the Eagles roster.

When The Patriots Have The Ball
All eyeballs will be focused on the middle linebacker position when the Eagles are on defense in their first game without Stewart Bradley. Second-year man Joe Mays is expected to get the majority of time with the first-team on run downs, while Omar Gaither, the 2007 starter at middle linebacker, is expected to be on the field during passing downs. Quintin Demps, the only other non-incumbent starter on the defense entering this season will also receive plenty of attention at the free safety position. Players to keep an eye on among the second-teamers include safety Sean Jones, cornerback Ellis Hobbs and safety Rashad Baker, as well as cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, who missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury. As for the Patriots offense, Tom Brady could see his first game action since the injury that ended his 2008 season, although it will likely be limited. The focus will likely be on backup quarterback as he tries to show he's as capable a backup to Tom Brady as Matt Cassel proved to be.

Key Matchups

RB LeSean McCoy vs. Patriots Linebackers
McCoy's first game action as an NFL player will come against a 3-4 defense that has been stout throughout Bill Belichick's tenure as Patriots head coach. Not only will McCoy hope to show he can gain yards against an impressive group of linebackers, but, perhaps more importantly, he will be tested in pass protection against a complicated defensive scheme. Pass blocking seems to be the biggest question mark regarding McCoy's readiness to contribute from the start of his rookie season.


QB Kevin Kolb A.J. Feeley vs. Patriots CBs Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite
In terms of the depth and talent around him, Feeley has all of the weapons around him to be very productive. The Patriots' scheme will be a good test for Feeley as the West Coast quarterback takes on the 3-4 scheme. Expect to see a lot of quick slants and screens from Feeley as he is at his best when hitting receivers in timing patterns. If the Patriots corners play physical at the line, it could complicate things for Feeley. Terrence Wheatley has a lot of prove after ending last season on the Injured Reserve list with a wrist injury. Wilhite, meanwhile, is in the mix for the Patriots nickel corner gig.

SS Sean Jones vs. Patriots RB Fred Taylor
It's somewhat unusual to see two experienced players who could see a significant amount of time in the preseason. Jones is trying to usurp the starting free safety spot from Quintin Demps, so it will be interesting to see where Jones lines up with the second team. Jones has a big frame and is a good hitter so he is by tradition more of a strong safety. But with 14 picks over the last three seasons, he has the cover ability to be a free safety too. Meanwhile, longtime Jaguar Fred Taylor is in the mix for the starting running back job with New England but is currently the backup to Sammy Morris. However, it looks like the Patriots will have a running back-by-committee approach this season. Taylor has 11,271 career rushing yards.

-- By Bo Wulf and Chris McPherson

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