Eagles football is back just six days after Philadelphia opened their 2015 NFL preseason opener with a win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.
It may only be preseason football, but this is a somewhat highly anticipated game due to the (potential) debut of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford was ruled out in advance of last week's game but is unofficially expected to suit up this time around. The 27-year-old hasn't played an NFL snap since suffering a second ACL injury nearly one year ago from today.
It can't be said enough; Bradford has looked great in training camp practices. He's been very accurate, he's gotten the ball out quick, he's shown plenty of arm strength, and he's made good decisions with the ball. In practice, however, he hasn't faced any real kind of pressure. Now the bullets are live and it's up to Bradford to prove he can play well (and stay healthy) after facing a pass rush and taking hits.
It's unclear how much Bradford will play, if he does suit up. History suggests he should get around 15 to 20 snaps, as will the other first team players. It'll also be interesting to see how the Eagles call plays with respect to Bradford's delicacy. Will the team have him air it out a few times? Or will they just stick to the run game and short throws to minimize his exposure?
There are also a number of other things to watch out for besides Bradford. Kiko Alonso and DeMarco Murray could potentially be making their debuts with the Eagles, though it's not for certain that either will play. Vinny Curry will be getting extra work at outside linebacker due to Marcus Smith's injury. Walter Thurmond and Josh Huff were quiet last Sunday. Ed Reynolds has a chance to make another impression after flashing with two interceptions against the Colts. Tim Tebow might get another standing ovation. The list goes on.
Score prediction: 31-23, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Sam Bradford throws for two touchdowns
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