Aug 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis (28) celebrates with wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) after catching a pass for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
It's just getting silly at this point.
Nick Foles looked great for the 3rd straight game on Friday night, as he threw for 2 touchdown passes and 146 yards against the Browns. After throwing an interception on the Eagles first possession, Foles returned to his now cult-like form and picked the Browns apart. It almost sounds like a broken record at this point, but Foles looked calm, composed, and made great decisions with the ball.
Win the win, the Eagles moved to 3-0 in the preseason.
Foles strong play was combined for the first time this preseason with great play by the Eagles defense, as they did an excellent job of creating turnovers. The Browns moved the ball into the Eagles red zone during the opening drive, but the Eagles shut the door as Derek Landri forced a fumble that Trent Cole recovered.
It would be the last time the Browns offense would threaten in the first half, despite playing against the Eagles 2nd string defense for the majority of it. After another fumble recovery by the Eagles defense on the Browns next drive, Foles would go to work on a short field, starting at the Browns 15 yard line.
It took Foles 3 plays to get the Eagles into the endzone, as he found Celek for a 7 yard touchdown with just over 4 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter. The Eagles would get the ball on the Browns 3 yard line on the next possession after a blocked punt, and Foles found Dion Lewis from 1 yard out for his 2nd touchdown pass in just over 2 minutes. With that, the game was pretty much over and it became all about players fighting for roster spots.
In addition to Foles, the Eagles got strong performances out of usual suspects- Phillip Hunt, Mychal Kendricks and Damaris Johnson. It's safe to say that all 3 are not a lock to make the team. Hunt looks like a player that could get double digit sacks this year. Hunt has great explosion off of the line and would start on many of the defensive lines in the NFL. Johnson had 2 catches for 58 yards, but 45 of them came on 1 great catch as he was falling to the ground deep down the field. He also had a touchdown catch, but it was over turned as he didn't keep both feet in bounds.
Trent Edwards had a strong night as he threw for over 100 yards and a touchdown in limited action. Edwards is coming on strong at the right time and anyone who thinks he doesn't have a legitimate shot to make this team is wrong. He did a good job yet again of moving the ball and getting the offense down the field.
One surprise for the Eagles was the play of Phillip Thomas, who despite showing flashes during practices, has yet to show anything in a game. But against the Browns, Thomas showed that he could be that player that talkes Jaiquawn Jarrett's spot on the team- he just has better ball instincts than the former 2nd round pick. Thomas did slip on a touchdown pass late in the game, but he still showed more potential against the Browns than Jarrett has this preseason. Jarrett had another rough night as his job continues to slip away.
Overall, it was easily the best showing by the Eagles so far this preseason. It helped that they got to play the Browns, but guess what? They get to play the Browns for real in Week 1.
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