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Patriots vs. Eagles Preseason 2014: Starters expected to play first half

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Expect the Philadelphia Eagles starters to get more playing time than they did last week against the Chicago Bears.

Jonathan Daniel

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, the Philadelphia Eagles starters are expected to play for the first half of their game against the New England Patriots on Friday night, August 15th.

While Eagles head coach Chip Kelly did not officially confirm this rotation like he did last week, McLane's report figures to be par for the course as far as the second week of the NFL preseason goes. The Eagles' first team unit only played around 18 snaps last week in their 2014 NFL preseason debut at Chicago against the Bears. That snap number should double against the Patriots on Friday night and then increase even more when the Eagles take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in Philadelphia (Preseason week 3 - dress rehearsal game).

The Eagles starters, including starting quarterback Nick Foles, looked a little shaky against the Bears. This week they'll have more of an opportunity to correct those mistakes. It'll also be interesting to see how the Eagles defense fares against New England Patriots quarterback, who is making his 2014 preseason debut.

Eagles vs. Patriots kickoff is at 7:30 PM EST. More details here on how to watch the game.