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Eagles-Colts Final Score: Philadelphia's offense comes alive in win over Indianapolis, 33-23

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The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts in their third 2016 preseason game.

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The Philadelphia Eagles finished the third game of their 2016 preseason schedule with a win on Saturday evening. The Eagles advanced to 3-0 in the preseason by defeating the Indianapolis Colts by a final score of 33 to 23. There's a lot to talk from the game about so let's get right to it.

First team offense

First play ... Eagles offensive line allows a blitzing linebacker unblocked right through the middle and Sam Bradford is sacked for a big loss. Not great. Bradford hit Chris Givens for a 19-yard gain on 3rd and 17. Hey, not short of the sticks! Good throw by Sammy Sleeves. Bradford then got picked off when Nelson Agholor bobbled a pass into the arms of a Colts defender. What a terrible offseason for Agholor.

Philadelphia's second drive ended with a field goal. Josh Huff had a nice 42-yard catch and run to move the Eagles down the field.

The Eagles moved into the red zone on their third drive. Huff took a handoff after running in motion on scored a touchdown on a nine-yard run. Nice creative play call from Doug Pederson with the jet sweep there.

Huff came up with another big play on Philly's fourth drive. The Eagles moved into the red zone and Bradford threw a fade pass to Dorial Green-Beckham for the touchdown. Nice throw from Bradford to allow his tall receiver to go up and get the ball. Looks like the Eagles have a new red zone threat.

Zach Ertz made a few nice blocks on a 25-yard run by Kenjon Barner to help the Eagles get into the red zone. Then Bradford hit Burton wide open in the end zone for a short touchdown pass. Three tight end set on the play. Pederson's probably going to use 13 personnel quite a bit this season.

First team defense

Three and out for the Colts' offense. Brandon Graham bull-rushed the Colts' right tackle and forced Andrew Luck out of the pocket allowing Connor Barwin to finish the play for a sack.

The Colts got into the red zone after starting with a short field due to Bradford's first interception. The Eagles stood tall, though, and Rodney McLeod came up with a pass breakup on third down to force Indianapolis to a field goal. Good stop.

Philadelphia's defensive line continued to look strong on the Colts' third drive. The entire unit was getting pressure on a regular basis.

Schwartz's unit came up strong again when the Colts tried to convert on consecutive short yardage plays. Credit to Taylor Hart and Jordan Hicks for making stops on 3rd-and-1 and 4th-and-1.

The Eagles would have allowed an 81-yard rushing touchdown if they weren't bailed out by a holding call on a Colts receiver. Mychal Kendricks got caught out of position and then failed to make a diving tackle.

Special teams

Donnie Jones had a punt blocked and recovered by the Colts for a touchdown. It looked like Ed Reynolds missed a block and allowed a rusher to come free up the middle.

Wendell Smallwood received the Eagles' first kickoff return and gained 30 yards.

Kenjon Barner returned a kickoff for 35 yards and a punt for 25 yards. Barner is contributing on offense and special teams.

Caleb Sturgis nailed field goal attempts from 32 and 47 yards out.

Cody Parkey missed an extra point. He's struggled all offseason. Sturgis has clearly been better.

The quarterbacks

Sam Bradford: 17 for 20 (85%), 167 yards, 8.4 average, 2 TD, 1 INT, 114 rating

Chase Daniel: 9 for 12 (75%), 104 yards, 8.7 average, 1 TD, 0 INT, 128.5 rating

No one dominates third preseason games like Sammy Sleeves. Joking aside, good night for Bradford. Very accurate. No bad throws. The interception wasn't his fault. Bradford had great protection all night and he took advantage of the time he was given.

Daniel had a solid night. He's rebounded since getting off to a terrible start in Philadelphia's first preseason game.

More observations

Fletcher Cox lined up at defensive end on one play and crushed Luck right after the quarterback got a pass off.

Beau Allen had a nice sack where he dominated rookie Colts center Ryan Kelly. Kelly was trying to hold on for dear life but Allen just pushed him aside. Allen has done a great job making the transition from 3-4 nose tackle to 4-3 defensive tackle.

Rueben Randle didn't play with the starters until nine minutes into the second quarter. Probably not a great sign for his chances of making the final roster.

Undrafted rookie free agent C.J. Smith got a number of looks at first team cornerback. Interesting to see him ahead of Jalen Mills and Eric Rowe.

Trey Burton made a number of nice catches while working with the first team offense. He's had a strong summer.

Nolan Carroll missed an open field tackle on Phillip Dorsett and allowed a 30-yard catch. The Eagles blitzed on the play but the Colts picked it up perfectly so the back end was left vulnerable. Carroll redeemed himself later when he picked off Scott Tolzien in the end zone. The Colts' backup quarterback wasn't on the same page with his receiver and the throw went right to a wide open Carroll.

Paul Turner made a nice contested catch on a throw from Daniel.

David Watford got wide open after a cornerback bit on his double move. Daniel hit him for an easy touchdown. Watford has spent this summer converting to receiver after playing quarterback in college.

Stephen Tulloch entered the game with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. He got flagged for unnecessary roughness. Bad call.

Nick Perry failed to touch a Colts receiver while he was down after getting beat deep. Bad mistake. Perry isn't a rookie, either.

Najee Goode missed an open field tackle in the red zone and allowed a touchdown. Not very goode.


Vinny Curry left the game with a knee injury and didn't return.

Taylor Hart left the game slowly limping off the field and didn't return.

Wendell Smallwood left the game early with a head injury and didn't return.

Nigel Bradham left the game early with an arm injury but returned.

Chris Pantale left early to be evaluated for a head injury but returned.

Up next

The Eagles have off tomorrow on Sunday before returning to practice on Monday, Aug. 29. Note that the Eagles must cut their roster down to 75 players by 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Until then, stay tuned to BGN for more Eagles coverage.