Tonight will be the best preseason game to watch out of them all. The starters will play for a full three quarters, and any questions we’ve had about the starting units should be answered tonight.
On the offensive side of the ball, the biggest thing I’ll be looking for is red zone scoring. I want to see this team leave with touchdowns when they enter the red zone tonight, not field goals. The first unit hasn’t scored a touchdown in two games. Although it doesn’t overly concern me, it’s still frustrating.
I’d like to see Kevin Kolb be a little better with his reads tonight as well. There have been some times in the preseason where he’s stared a receiver down and forced a throw. He needs to make quick reads and deliver the ball.
Second running back Mike Bell is also a guy I’ll be watching tonight. I spoke about him earlier this week and want him to prove something tonight. We haven’t seen him at all in the preseason, so I want to see him get his hands on the ball and make some plays.
Defensively, the biggest thing I want to see is consistency. In two games, the defense has given up a total of seven points. That’s a statistic I can live with. Now, I want them to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.
This hasn’t been an absolutely dominating defense so far this preseason, but they have played at a pretty high level.
They were able to force some interceptions out of Carson Palmer last week and I expect to see the same this week. I want to see Trent Cole and Brandon Graham coming hard off the edge all night, and I’d like to see some big time pressure up the middle if the ends start to get double-teamed.
The Eagles are playing a team that they dominated last year and I want to see them produce the same result tonight.
What will you be looking for in tonight’s game?