The Philadelphia Eagles advanced to 3-0 in the 2015 NFL preseason schedule with a win on Saturday evening. The Eagles defeated the Green Bay Packers by a final score of 39 to 26. For the third preseason game in a row, the Eagles dominated their competition.
Sam Bradford was absolutely on fire on Saturday night. After looking rusty last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Bradford was spectacular this week. Bradford went 10/10 for 121 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, and a 156.7 passer rating. Not bad at all. And that was only one quarter!
There's a lot to talk from the game about so let's get right to it.
First team offense (ft. Sam Bradford)
First drive. Sam Bradford's first throw is a swing pass to DeMarco Murray. Then Murray picks up a few first downs on the ground. Then Ryan Mathews picks up a few yards. Bradford hits Darren Sproles on the wheel route in the end zone with a perfectly thrown ball for the touchdown. Too easy. Packers defense didn't stand a chance. Eagles go for the two point conversion with Tim Tebow! Tebow tries to run it in up the middle but ... no dice.
Second drive. Bradford hits Matthews with a beauty of a pass on a post route. Bradford gets the Eagles to the 1-yard line after hitting Miles Austin over the middle. Fourth down, and Bradford hits Trey Burton for a touchdown as he takes a hit. Boom. Eagles go for two points with Tebow again, but the ball is snapped too low and Tebow is almost picked off.
Third drive. Bradford hits Sproles over the middle for a big gain. Then Bradford hits Matthews on a corner route. Great jumping catch by Matthews, who had Micah Hyde on him in tight coverage. Bradford then hits Brent Celek in the end zone over the middle for a score. Bradford's on fire! Kip Smith hits the PAT.
Fourth drive. Mark Sanchez comes in for Bradford. The veteran moves the chains before the Eagles have to punt.
First team defense
First drive. Bennie Logan with a monster run stop on first down. Eric Rowe gets beat in coverage on third down but the rookie pops the ball out of Randall Cobb's hands as he goes to down, making it incomplete. Nice recovery.
Second drive. Brett Hundley gets picked off by Walter Thurmond, who returns it for six points. Kip Smith attempts the extra point but misses.
Third drive. Eagles allow a big play to rookie Ty Montgomery. Malcolm Jenkins took a terrible angle and whiffed on the tackle over the middle. Not pretty. Fletcher Cox stuffs Eddie Lacy on third down to force the Packers to a field goal. Mason Crosby's kick bounces off the upright: no good.
Fourth drive. Rowe gets beat by Jeff Janis after biting on the play fake. Rough. Byron Maxwell dives to pick off a Hundley pass but it's wiped out by defensive holding by Jenkins. Then Mychal Kendricks gets called for pass interference in the end zone, which sets up a short Packers rushing touchdown from James Starks.
Fifth drive. Eagles still have some starters in but are also mixing in some backup players such as Jordan Hicks and Ed Reynolds. Cedric Thornton forces a fumble on Hundley but the Packers recover.
Undrafted rookie free agent Raheem Mostert takes the opening kickoff 67 yards up the field. He's had a good summer.
Sam Bradford: 10 for 10 (100%), 121 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 156.7 rating
Mark Sanchez: 13 for 19 (68.4%), 150 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 127.1 rating
Matt Barkley: 5 for 9 (55.6%), 28 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 61.3 rating
Tim Tebow: 2 for 2 (100%), 15 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 97.9 rating
Bradford was perfect. He looked awesome. He delivered perfectly placed balls time after time. Give the Eagles' offensive line credit for making sure Bradford didn't have to deal with a lot of pressure, but one of the quarterback's touchdown passes came as he got drilled. The Eagles have to feel pretty good about him heading into Week 1.
Sanchez didn't look bad at all. He didn't make any spectacular throws but he consistently moved the chains and led a pair of touchdown drives.
Barkley had one nice throw where he delivered a strike before getting hit. Otherwise, he didn't look too great.
Tebow failed twice on two two-point conversion attempts. He moved the chains once but his pass to Rasheed Bailey was low.
Nelson Agholor immediately made two catches after Sanchez came in. He looked good.
Rowe seemed to struggle in coverage. It's clear Nolan Carroll is his ahead of him.
Jeff Maehl got a short touchdown pass from Sanchez. Don't think he makes the Eagles roster, but he could catch on somewhere else in the league.
Barner made another big play: the former Oregon Ducks running back takes off for 50 yards on a screen. It's hard to believe he won't be on the 53-man roster.
Trey Burton with two red zone touchdown catches. The backup tight end has stepped up in the absence of Zach Ertz.
Najee Goode anticipated the snap count on a run up the middle and absolutely destroyed the running back in the backfield. Great play.
Taylor Hart had a good tackle for loss on the Packers' backup running back.
Eric Tomlinson dropped a wide open catch from Barkley. Have to make that one. Then Quron Pratt dropped an easy catch.
E.J. Biggers made some bad plays in coverage that made him look like he was still wearing a Washington jersey.
G.J. Kinne made a few catches!
Jerome Couplin had a few nice tackles, including an open field stop on the Packers' running back in the backfield.
Randall Evans got a gift interception on an arm punt from Packers quarterback Matt Blanchard. Nice job to stay in bounds, though.
Lane Johnson left the game early with a leg injury and did not return as a precaution. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro said Johnson is going to be OK for the regular season opener.
Kiko Alonso didn't play. He was apparently held out as a precaution yet again.
The Philadelphia Eagles have off Sunday, Aug. 30 before returning to training camp practice on Monday, Aug. 31. Keep in mind the Eagles must trim their roster down to the 75-man limit by 4:00 PM EST on Sept. 1.
The Eagles play their next and final preseason game on Thursday, Sept. 3 against the New York Jets.
We'll have much more in-depth coverage of Saturday night's Eagles-Packers game on Bleeding Green Nation coming shortly. Stay tuned.