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5 Observations From Philadelphia Eagles’ Preseason Opener

5 Observations From Philadelphia Eagles' Preseason Opener

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Possibly the most anticipated season since 2004 began last night for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they opened up their NFL preseason schedule against the Chicago Bears. Nick Foles did not appear to look as sharp as he did in 2013, but were the two interceptions his fault? And what other aspects should fans be taking from this game? Here are five observations from Week 1 of the NFL preseason.

5. First-Team Defense Continues To Struggle On 3rd Down

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5. First-Team Defense Continues To Struggle On 3rd Down

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Philadelphia’s starting defense was swarming to the ball and making gang tackles, on 1st and 2nd down. However, the trend from 2013 continued, as they were unable to get pressure on Jay Cutler, who picked them apart on 3rd downs.

4. The Eagles Have Found Themselves A Kickoff Returner

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4. The Eagles Have Found Themselves A Kickoff Returner

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Rookie Josh Huff brought fans to their feet with this kick return touchdown at the end of the first half last night. If the Eagles are able to improve on special teams from last season, this team will be even more dangerous.

3. Mark Sanchez Fits Chip Kelly’s System

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3. Mark Sanchez Fits Chip Kelly’s System

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Mark Sanchez was last night’s biggest, most pleasant surprise. He looked extremely comfortable and got the ball out of his hand quickly. His performance should ease some fans’ minds, in the event Nick Foles goes down with an injury.

2. The Penalty Flags Were Absurd

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2. The Penalty Flags Were Absurd

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Philadelphia actually moved the ball on all three of the starter’s possessions. However, the amount of yellow flags that were being thrown on seemingly every play halted the drives big time.

1. Nick Foles’ Interceptions Were Not His Fault

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1. Nick Foles’ Interceptions Were Not His Fault

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The first one, Foles’ arm was hit, and as a result, the ball did not reach his intended target. The second pick looked like his fault initially, however, after studying replay, it clearly was not. As Foles was trying to escape pressure, his pass was intended for Zach Ertz’s back shoulder. However, Ifeanyi Momah ran his route too close to Ertz’s position, and his defender became the interceptor. You cannot blame Foles for that.