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Five things to like/dislike about the Eagles' first preseason game -
Mark Sanchez: There's almost no doubt at this point that Sanchez will be the #2 QB heading into the regular season. His play Friday night was a continuation of what we saw in training camp at times. Sanchez was accurate all night, and one of his three incompletions -- a seam route to Jordan Matthews -- was a perfect throw. Another one of his misses was a Hail Mary. Maybe now there will be a QB controversy for that starting job. (Just kidding).

Blame the Blockers - Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles looked shaky, but I figured out a big reason why. The offensive line struggled in a big way on Friday night. I was surprised to see them play so sloppy. And it was "them"…as in the whole line. Actually, Todd Herremans is the one guy who I didn’t see get clearly beat or make a major mistake.

Didinger: Franklin Field Saved Eagles Football -
For folks of a certain age – OK, my age – the announcement that the Eagles would hold an Open Practice at Franklin Field on Sunday brought back memories. I’m sure that was the idea. Franklin Field, the venerable brick house on the University of Pennsylvania campus, is where the Eagles played their home games from 1958 through 1970. Most memorably, it is where they won their last NFL Championship in December 1960. Franklin Field represents a significant chapter in the team’s history. Bert Bell, the Eagles' original owner and later NFL Commissioner, said the team’s move to Franklin Field "saved pro football for Philadelphia." If it didn’t save it, it certainly secured it.

Beau Allen a ‘Disruptive Force’ Vs. Bears - Birds 24/7
The seventh-round pick out of Wisconsin has been drawing praise during training camp and made his presence felt in the second quarter. Lined up at nose tackle, he used his strength to shove the center back into the quarterback's face. Combined with an outside rush from Vinny Curry, the Eagles' defense nearly forced a fumble, but the official ruled that Jordan Palmer's arm was moving forward.

Jordan Matthews on drops: Those were catches I should have had - Inquirer
Jordan Matthews' debut didn't go quite like he imagined. The rookie wide receiver dropped two passes, could have had another, and managed only 14 yards on four catches in the Eagles' preseason opening loss to the Bears on Friday night. "Those were catches I should have definitely had," Matthews said. "That’s what you work each day in practice for. Those are balls that I’ve caught before in games and in practices. That’s basic concentration things."

Despite big effort, bench awaits Curry, Graham - CSN Philly
Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham are two of the Eagles’ best pass rushers, but they both come off the bench. Curry’s four sacks last year ranked third on the defense. Graham, who played in very small doses, had three sacks last season, but Pro Football Focus rated him as one of the best pass-rushing outside 'backers per snap.

What should/should not alarm you from Eagles' first game - T7L
Honest question: when is the last time a Week 1 preseason game wasn’t viewed as a harbinger of doom for the Philadelphia Eagles? Seriously. Every year, the Delaware Valley works itself into a fervor over the results of a glorified dress rehearsal.

Fan-Demonium: Honest Thoughts -
There were more than a few bumps in the road in the preseason opener as the Eagles fell to the Bears, 34-28. The final score is somewhat meaningless. Preseason games are more about individual performances and how specific units function rather than the whole team. With that in mind, there were plenty of bright spots. The real key in the preseason opener is to come out healthy and have the young players play well or showcase NFL ability. The Eagles didn't have any major injuries and plenty of young players did impress.

Kickers are missing the long preseason PATs - SB Nation
Kickers are struggling to hit the 33-yard extra points the NFL is experimenting with this preseason, which makes extra points more interesting and also more aggravating.

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