The Philadelphia Eagles offense looked pretty sharp throughout their first preseason game last week against the New England Patriots, and hopefully they continue that tomorrow night against the Carolina Panthers.
Obviously, the No. 1 thing we all must watch is how well the quarterbacks perform. Nick Foles will take the field before Michael Vick, and we will see if he can take the first-team offense down the field for a score against the Panthers’ first-team defense. Both quarterbacks played very well last week and I expect them to do the same tomorrow night. Both Vick and Foles have proven they can operate Chip Kelly‘s offense and must set the tone if they want the starting job because there is another quarterback who might enter the conversation soon.
Matt Barkley also looked good last week and made some great throws. If he can come out and have another solid game, he may get more first-team reps. However, I think he will simply be a backup this seasons since it’s strictly between Vick and Foles at the moment.
It seems to me that Vick may be the front runner in this quarterback race, but what if Foles outperforms Vick in game two? This will mean that Kelly will have an even tougher decision to make at the quarterback position.
So, quarterback is definitely the No. 1 thing to watch tomorrow, but the interior offensive line should be another place for fans to keep a close eye on. The Panthers were able to bolster their defensive tackle position this offseason by drafting Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. These are two very impressive rookies that will challenge Todd Herremans, Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis. I don’t expect these guys to wreak havoc, but they should test the Eagles offensive line and give them a run for their money.
The Panthers defensive ends and linebackers are talented too and will test Jason Peters and rookie Lane Johnson as well. Charles Johnson, Luke Kuechly and Jon Beason will test the Eagles offense and it should be a good match up.
So, after seeing an impressive style of offense the Eagles displayed last week, I expect the same. However, all of the fans must keep a close eye on the interior offensive line and obviously the quarterbacks. The Panthers defense might not have put up good numbers last season, but they have a lot of talent on paper that may challenge the Eagles offense.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50