The Eagles faced off in a Super Bowl 52 “rematch” against the New England Patriots and the results were, “Eh.” The Patriots came out on top, 37-20. The starters on offense got off to a sluggish start and the first unit on defense had their hands full with Tom Brady. The second unit on offense got it moving for the Eagles, led by Nate Sudfeld. However, the Eagles were not able to overcome the early deficit. A lot of ups and downs for the Eagles in their second preseason game lets recap:
Shelton Gibson – Gibson made his presence felt in more ways than one! He has a big 46-yard kick return in the first quarter and was solid as a return man all night. He left the game after an injury scare mid-way through the second quarter, but he returned to the game and on the same drive scored a 4-yard touchdown on a beautifully ran fade route. Gibson also made a huge 57-yard catch that Sudfeld threw from his own end zone on the money to Gibson at midfield. Battling for the last wide receiver spot, this was a big game for Gibson.
Ronald Darby – With Jalen Mills missing the game due to injury, Darby started the game as the left cornerback. Tom Brady tried to test Darby early, however, Darby was up to the task and had two opportunities at interceptions that he was unable to haul in.
Nate Sudfeld – Once Foles went down with the shoulder injury, Sudfeld came in and provided a spark to the offense. He was not afraid to take his shots downfield. He was able to maneuver around pressure in the pocket and give his young receivers time to work open. “Stud”-feld threw an absolute dime, in the face of pressure, to Richard Rodgers in the corner of the end zone for a beautiful touchdown. Sudfeld ended the game 22/39 for 312 yards and 3 TDs (1 INT, all Matt Jones’ fault).
Nick Foles – Foles, unfortunately, left the game in the second quarter after a play where he was sacked, fumbled and the fumble was taken 54-yards for a touchdown. Prior to the injury, Foles was a bit rusty. While he was under pressure the entire half (see Vaitai below) he could not seem to find the timing with his receivers. He missed Ajayi high twice and also threw behind a wide-open Aiken coming across the field. Hope to hear good news on the injury front as the Eagles may need Foles for at least Week 1 while Wentz fully recovers.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai – There was constant pressure from the edge throughout much of the first half (Vaitai played the entire first half). Vaitai looked to be reaching often in pass protection and allowed outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy to have his way with him. Vaitai continued playing throughout the second half and his play did not improve. He was constantly getting beat and forcing Sudfeld out of the pocket.
Matt Jones – With all the injuries to the Eagles’ running backs (Clement, Sproles, Pumphrey, and Adams all out for the game) this was Jones’ opportunity to showcase himself for the Eagles and the other 31 other teams as well. He finally got his chance to start the second half, and on his first possession, he had two dropped passes, three total in the game. The second drop went off of his hands and bounced right into the defender’s lap for an interception. Jones had a chance to throw his hat into the ring for the 4th running back spot and he dropped the ball.
Chris Hogan — 4-yard reception/ Gostkowski XP
(PHI 0-7 NE) DRIVE: 7 plays, 62 yards (3: 30)
Stephan Gostkowski — 37-yard Field Goal
(PHI 0-10 NE) DRIVE: 9 plays, 61 yards (3: 32)
Ja’Whaun Bentley — 54-yard FUMBLE Recovery / Gostkowski XP
(PHI 0-17 NE) DRIVE: 1 plays, 54 yards
Shelton Gibson — 4-yard reception/ Jake Elliott XP
(PHI 7-17 NE) DRIVE: 7 plays, 69 yards (2:52)
Stephan Gostkowski — 49-yard Field Goal
(PHI 7-20 NE) DRIVE: 8 plays, 49 yards (2: 43)
James White — 20-yard reception/ Gostkowski XP
(PHI 7-27 NE) DRIVE: 4 plays, 69 yards (0: 59)
Cordarrelle Patterson — 11-yard reception/ Gostkowski XP
(PHI 7-34 NE) DRIVE: 3 plays, 52 yards (1:03)
Richard Rodgers — 17-yard reception/ Jake Elliott XP
(PHI 14-34 NE) DRIVE: 9 plays, 78 yards (3:42)
Rashard Davis — 31-yard reception/ Jake Elliott XP – No Good
(PHI 20-34 NE) DRIVE: 3 plays, 85 yards (1:09)
Stephan Gostkowski — 29-yard Field Goal
(PHI 20-37 NE) DRIVE: 11 plays, 64 yards (4: 34)