The Eagles will face a familiar foe as they head to Foxborough to take on the Patriots in week 2 of the preseason. There is certainly a lingering feeling between these two as both teams had their season end in February. Here’s what to watch tonight:
This game will feature both Starting QBs from the Super Bowl for at least a short period of time. It has been reported by a few New England beat writers that Tom Brady could see extended action and possibly play the entire first half, which will provide some quality snaps for the first and second string of the defense.
Foles, however, will likely see a few series in his first action of 2018 for the first time since being named Super Bowl MVP. Keep on eye on the bottom of the depth chart as the Eagles signed former Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg this past week after seeing too much of Joe Callahan last week.
The starting defensive line looked strong against Pittsburgh a week ago. Expect to see more of the same as New England has lost a few key pieces on the offensive line including Nate Solder.
The Eagles come into the game banged up on the offensive side of the ball with many of the wide receivers and runningbacks nursing injuries. Look for Matt Jones to get a hefty dose of carries tonight and for the Eagles to take a good look at guys who are buried on the depth chart like Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson.
Avonte Maddox has been taking reps with the first team all week and will have an opportunity to shine tonight against a prolific offense. It’ll be interesting to see where Sidney Jones lines up and how many snaps he takes tonight.
The Eagles specialist will also be under the microscope once again as Jake Elliott did not attempt a field goal last week and Rookie Punter Cameron Johnston tries to solidify his position on the roster.
Tune in to NBC10 at 7:30 pm for the second of four preseason games before the Eagles open the season against the Falcons on Thursday, September 6th. You can also follow the action and join the conversation as we live tweet @BirdsInformer during the game.