For the second preseason game in a row, Michael Vick’s night was ended after six snaps. This time around, Vick took a hard shot to the ribs while trying to scramble away from a defender. The good news is that x-rays turned out to be negative so it looks like he’ll only be experiencing some soreness.
Nick Foles was the highlight of the night yet again. He came in after Vick headed to the locker room and found some success working with the rest of the starters. However, his favorite target was tight end Clay Harbor who recorded two touchdown receptions.
Foles did a good job of spreading the ball around and had a very nice touchdown drive to begin the second half where he drove the Eagles 80 yards in just under four minutes.
LeSean McCoy got to touch the ball a bit more than he did in the first game and looked pretty good. DeSean Jackson also had some nice plays, including a WWE type tackle on an interception that Foles threw.
On the defensive side of the ball, there were a number of highlights even though they weren’t given the opportunity to see many of the Patriots starters.
Mychal Kendricks is turning out to be the most productive linebacker on the team by far. He seems to always be near the ball and had some nice plays in the backfield throughout the game. However, he was the one in coverage on the Patriots first touchdown of the game.
The defensive line continues to wreak havoc. Phillip Hunt and Cedric Thornton were both very impressive yet again. Both of them had multiple plays in the backfield and Hunt had a nice strip that the Eagles were able to recover.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also had a pretty nice game. He was burned on one pass, but he had a couple of nice plays that came his way. He also had an interception that was taken away by a dumb roughing the passer penalty on Fletcher Cox.
Speaking of dumb penalties, the Eagles had a ton of them and I’m sure they’re going to hear about it throughout the week. Penalties can really kill you and they definitely had an impact in this game.
Speaking of coaches yelling at players, I have to mention Andy Reid’s moment with Cullen Jenkins on the sideline. If you haven’t heard by now, Reid went over and started ripping on the defensive lineman on the bench and Jenkins jumped up and got in his face.
The only reason I’m mentioning this is because it just seems so out of character for Reid. It seems out of character for Jenkins as well. You see a lot of coaches yell in that manner, but Reid is usually much more calm and collected.
Although there were some good takeaways from this game, I was disappointed on how things worked out. I wanted to see the Eagles defense have to deal with the Patriots first team offense, and I wanted to see Michael Vick step up and show us what this offense is capable of doing.