After a rainy night in the Meadowlands, Eagles managed to get an easy win. Now what? I’ll go ahead and volunteer to be a Negative Nancy today because, quite frankly, I am not happy with this win.
After two disappointing back to back losses, a win was desperately needed. Especially against a division rival, and a team with a losing record at that. It just isn’t a sweet victory as say beating the Minnesota Vikings – a team that the Eagles demolished last year in the NFC Championship.
Newly signed and returning wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been another weapon for quarterback Carson Wentz. He added 26 yards for the team, but I think having more options downfield will only help Wentz. WRs Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery continue to shine this season, and having Jeffery back has been a major threat for defenses.
Yes, yes, I know it’s “only” preseason, but the way the defense played last night reminded me of the way they played in the Super Bowl – they let Patriots’ QB Tom Brady get away with the short pass plays and let them gain 5+ yards. Fortunately, Philadelphia Eagles won’t play them this season, but the defense needs to clean that up before the regular season begins.
Eagles can go 0-4 these next two games, it won’t mean they aren’t ready for the 2018 season. I think head coach Doug Pederson is working out the kinks and being his usual conservative self, while (starting?) quarterback Carson Wentz is still healing from his torn ACL and waiting to hear when he can start playing 11-on-11.
Until then, (backup?) QB Nick Foles is preparing himself just in case. Foles sat out the first preseason game with back pains, but played the first half against the Patriots and finished 3-of-9 with 44 yards and one turnover. He suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the first half.
After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” but told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder today.
Next week is a huge week for football fans, but more so for Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans (although I’ll wager that the Pats fans are so used to this feeling by now that they’re probably numb to it by now… I’m kidding. Kind of.).
Starting Monday, the countdown officially begins for Super Bowl Sunday! I don’t count the Pro Bowl because well, it’s the Pro Bowl. It’s kind of a sad reminder for those whose teams aren’t in the Super Bowl and that football season is coming to a close.
There is a lot happening next week to get ready for the big game and I want to help you be a part of it. My focus will be on the Eagles, obviously, and wanted to help give you an inside look as much as possible. Beginning with Monday night’s media day where both teams and coaches speak to the media and answer some pretty tough questions. I will also be reviewing head coach Doug Pederson’s and the other coaches’ press conferences all next week.