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Eagles-Packers Final Score: Observations from Philadelphia’s 24-9 loss to Green Bay

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The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Green Bay Packers in their first 2017 preseason game on Thursday evening.

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The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their 2017 preseason schedule with a loss on Thursday evening. The Eagles were defeated by the Green Bay Packers by a final score of 24 to 9.

Sloppy game. There's a lot to talk about so let's get right to it.

First team offense

Prior to the kickoff, Dave Spadaro said the Eagles were going to run a naked bootleg play action on their first offensive play to get the ball to either Jordan Matthews or Nelson Agholor. And that’s exactly what they did!

Jordan Matthews broke a tackle to pick up a first down conversion after an Agholor jet sweep failed to convert. Zach Ertz failed to block the safety on the edge.

Big Balls Doug Pederson went for it on 4th and 6 and the Eagles got it. Wentz hit Matthews over the middle of the field for a nice conversion.

Wentz’s touchdown pass was pretty awesome. The second-year quarterback did a great job of avoiding a free rushing Clay Matthews and stepped up to deliver a pass to Mack Hollins. The rookie receiver took advantage of bad tackling from the Packers and ran it in for the score. Watch below! Pretty sick stiff arm from Mack Attack.

Wentz’s ability to avoid pressure in the pocket is pretty uncanny.

The Eagles went for a two-point conversion but failed to get it. Wentz threw the ball a little high but it was catchable for Agholor. The ball went off his hands. Shocker.

First team defense

The Eagles’ defense did a nice job of forcing a three-and-out on the Packers’ first drive. The corners kept everything in front of them.

Brandon Graham had a really good run stop on the Packers’ second drive. Then Fletcher Cox stripped the ball out while tackling Green Bay’s running back. Robinson recovered.

Special teams

Donnel Pumphrey handled punt return duty. No point of using Darren Sproles there in the preseason.

The Eagles allowed a punt return for a touchdown. It looked like there was a super obvious block in the back by the Packers but the refs didn’t call it.

Hollins, Byron Marshall, Shelton Gibson, and Bryce Treggs were among those back for kick returns. None of the kicks were brought out of the end zone, however.

Caleb Sturgis had a 46-yard field goal attempt bounce off the right upright. Doink.

Greg Ward muffed a punt but somehow recovered it.

The quarterbacks

Carson Wentz: 4 for 4, 56 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 158.3 passer rating

Matt McGloin: 28 for 42, 205 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 68.1 passer rating

Dane Evans: 3 for 8, 22 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 6.2 passer rating

Wentz balled out in limited action. He looked like a stud. Hard not to be impressed by his poise and pocket mobility. The two-point conversion throw wasn’t perfect, which is a reminder there’s still room for improvement with his accuracy. That’s a real nit-picky thing relative to his overall performance, though.

McGloin stunk. He threw a terrible pick on a pass to Pumphrey. The ball was way overthrown. He looked much better at tackling the defender. I’d much rather watch the GOAT, G.J. Kinne, play preseason football than McGloin.

Evans took over in the fourth and played like you would expect a random undrafted rookie free agent quarterback to play.

More observations

Robinson put his helmet on the ball and forced Davante Adams to drop a pass.

Pumphrey fumbled on his first carry but the Eagles recovered. He also muffed a punt. And made a risky call by not catching a fair catch on his first one.

Jalen Mills broke out the finger wag after breaking up a pass in the preseason! He should have been flagged for pass interference, though. The ref missed the call.

Bryce Treggs had a good game: 7 catches for 91 yards. He’s had a nice summer. The Eagles might have to keep him around.

Trey Burton did a nice job of breaking a tackle to get extra yards but then he fumbled. Bad.

C.J. Smith has had a good camp. He was up and down in the game. Smith showed poor technique and easily got beaten on a double move to allow a touchdown. He came right back and broke up a pass, though. He also almost had a pick six but he couldn’t make the catch.

Derek Barnett picked up two sacks. He also laid out the Packers’ third string QB. The Eagles’ first round picked looked really good against backups. Philadelphia needs to get him some snaps against starters.

Chris Long almost picked up a strip-sack but Brett Hundley shrugged him off. Couldn’t finish the play.

Steven Means batted a pass down. He also had half a sack.

Billy Brown failed to get out of bounds late in the first half and then fumbled. Not smart.

Mychal Kendricks picked off Hundley. His trade value has never been higher!

Nate Gerry made a nice open field tackle. He badly missed one that would have stopped a fourth down conversion, though.

Aaron Grymes picked up half a sack while blitzing.

Hollins had a pretty nice night. The rookie wideout had four receptions for 64 receptions, one touchdown, and a billion forced missed tackles.

Rasul Douglas looked physical in coverage.

Tre Sullivan laid the crap out of Packers wide receiver Malachi Dupre and forced a fumble that was recovered by Kamu Grugier-Hill. Huge hit, but totally legal. Unfortunately the Green Bay player had to be stretchered off the field. Thankfully he was taken to a hospital and had movement/feeling in his extremities.

Sullivan had another big hit a little later.

Third string center Aaron Neary had two false starts and some bad snaps.

The Eagles played Tyler Orlosky at guard.

Gabe Wright recorded a strip-sack by kicking the ball out of Joe Callahan’s grasp.

Shelton Gibson had at least two drops. Hardly a shock.


Ron Brooks suffered a hamstring injury and did not return.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai got rolled up on. Big V went to the ground and held his knee before being helped off the field by trainers. He walked to the locker room and didn’t return.

Bryce Treggs seemed to tweak his hammy.

Injured players who didn’t play: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Brooks, Nick Foles, Wendell Smallwood, Marcus Johnson, Paul Turner, Josh Andrews.

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