Preseason games often lack meaningful story lines since the outcomes are meaningless but tonight’s game between the Eagles and the Patriots has a little more juice than normal. This is, after all, a “Super Bowl LII rematch” between the team that won the game (Eagles) and the team that lost the game (Patriots) earlier this year on February 4.
It seems like both starting quarterbacks from that game will be making their preseason debuts tonight. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles said he’s ready to go after missing the Eagles’ first preseason game with some neck soreness. Old man Tom Brady has had a sore back but said he expects to play on Thursday as well. Maybe Brady’s pain will conveniently flare up again when it comes time for him to shake Foles’ hand in congratulations for beating him in the Super Bowl.
The starters for both teams will likely play about a quarter. During the Doug Pederson era, Philadelphia’s first team unit is averaging 23.5 snaps played in the second preseason game. Foles will get some good work in before Nate Sudfeld and the backups take over. Then we might see Joe Callahan under center late in the game.
Although preseason football is mostly meaningless, the game will still be worth watching for the sake of determining roster battles. One key area is watch is how the Eagles handle the nickel corner position tonight. Avonte Maddox has taken first team reps in the slot for the past three days of training camp practice. Might the fourth-round rookie actually unseat Sidney Jones there?
We’ll be watching that and more in tonight’s tilt. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: WCAU (NBC/10 - Philadelphia), WPMT (FOX/43 - Harrisburg), WOLF (FOX/56 - Scranton), WRDE (Cozi/31.2 - Rehoboth Beach DE), WBZ (CBS/4 - Boston)
Announcers: Mike Mayock, Scott Graham
Location: Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, Massachusetts
NFL Network replay: Thursday, August 16 at 11:00 PM ET and Friday, August 17 at 4:00 PM ET
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are UNDERDOGS.
Philadelphia Eagles +3.5 (-110)
New England Patriots -3.5 (-110)
The Eagles are 8-6 in 14 appearances against the Patirots. These two teams last played earlier this year on February 4 in Super Bowl LII, which the Eagles won by a final score of 41 to 33. The Eagles won the Super Bowl in a game where Foles caught a touchdown and Brady dropped a pass.
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Eagles 2018 Preseason Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Aug. 9, 7:00 PM ET, NBC10)
Week 2 - at New England Patriots (Aug. 16, 7:30 PM ET, NBC10)
Week 3 - at Cleveland Browns (Aug. 23, 8:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - vs. New York Jets (Aug. 30, 7:00 PM ET, NBC10)
Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)