The game starts at 8:00 PM EST and is being broadcast live on ESPN-TV.
But we can still have fun as our Livefyre commentators bring you the action live...
View from the Gillette Stadium pressbox earlier this afternoon...
As I mentioned, I'll be watching and listening for any improved rhythm or tempo in Marty Mornhinweg's first-half game plan. Sorry that my reference to Andy and Marty as Laurel & Hardy kinda bombed... I actually consider Laurel & Hardy one of the finest "playmaking teams" in the history of showbiz...and terrific experts in their chosen craft. Andy and Marty can be all that, too... Separate the characters Laurel & Hardy played from the calculated plays they called and made to create their movies, and maybe you get my drift...or not.
Here's what Dan Graziano of ESPN.com is keying on tonight:
"Most closely: Michael Vick's performance. Eagles coach Andy Reid has said he plans to play his starters longer tonight than he does in next week's preseason game against the Browns, since the Eagles open in Cleveland 16 days later and he doesn't want to give the Browns any more help than he has to. That means this will likely be the longest look we get at the Eagles' starters this preseason. And that means a chance for Vick to show us the fruits of all of the hard offseason work he and the Eagles say he's been doing. The Eagles' party line is that this is the first real offseason Vick has had as the starting quarterback since 2006 in Atlanta, and as a result he's worked harder and better on refining his game. Vick says he's watched more film than ever before in his career, and that he's determined to fix the mistakes that led to all of his turnover problems early in 2011. What Eagles fans should want to see from Vick is improved decision-making -- not just with regard to his personal safety, but also in terms of knowing when to give up on a play for the sake of valuing the ball. I'm interested to see whether the offseason classroom work has made him a more proficient reader of the field and the defense, and how it works with him and center Jason Kelce in terms of changing the protection calls at the line. Vick is under the most pressure of any player in the NFL to perform this year, and while it doesn't matter what he does until Sept. 9 in Cleveland, it'd be encouraging for Eagles fans if they could come out of tonight's game convinced something about their quarterback looks different."
"On the other side of the ball: Tackling, especially at the second level. I'm willing to believe that the defensive line will be the strength of the team once everyone's healthy, and I'm eager to watch Brandon Graham again after last week. But the Eagles' preseason opener featured some communication and tackling issues in the linebacker corps and in the secondary that were reminiscent of last season. And while I fervently believe that on-field preseason performance is a poor predictor of regular-season results, it can make fans (and, I assume, coaches) uneasy when a preseason problem reflects a prior-season problem you believed your team had solved. The same way a sharp Vick performance could help Eagles fans' optimism for the season, a sharp performance by the linebackers and the cornerbacks could help everyone feel better about the defense."
Okay... time for the Livefyre audience to take this thing over... Raise a glass of something!!
and what does that Belichick guy have up his sleeve tonight?
That was a fine nap. It almost got rid of my hangover.
Welp... to the sto.... for some mothereffin croutons... so I can make me salad for lunch.
No more stupid posts... or else.
Bro lion,....ATV is someone who thinks he knows,..but knows very little. A little knowledge can be a paramour to ignorance. It suits him........GK.
@briview I'm too busy to respond to this.
ATV has convinced me that if one 6'0 175 lb man can run a 9.6 100 meter dash,.......than SO CAN I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Broz,....GOLD MEDALIST ?!?!?!?
WHOOZE.WIFF.BROZ. AND.atv ?
@briview .......and likewise,.......I see no reason why GreatFat can't do what other's his size can do:
ATV,............I can't sit in here and teach you Analtommy 101,..........
I'm a busy man,.........and I have WORK TO DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quick update note....
there is a new word - pasted on my office computer.
Me Likey !!
@PPW really difficult to give an overall grade... if the Pats had played their starters we get smoked... we had some positives, but the competition has to be factored into the overall grade...
@PPW plus Vick getting inj changed everything from an evaluation point for me.
I give 'em a B- for last night... @PPW
You know.....they tell you that they're cold blooded, and they have to hang out on rocks, basking in the sun all day to warm up....but I'm not buying it....there is something else going on here....but what?
@Harry Pianos The alien architects knew what they were doing when they placed turtles here. Their success is what led them to test other life forms here.
@PPW Hmmm....Interesting theory....
Do you have a news letter I could subscribe to?
That little #10 kid played the way he should be. The jump to make that catch was cool and the upending tackle was neato too. I'm not praising him however since that's exactly the way he should be playing.
Haha,..that dope ATV is trying to tell Bro lion,..who i like at times,.that everybody is "built" the same way,.ref,...Vick and his ankles ,.leg etc.. C'mon,..now,..you can't be that dumb?...Then ,.you have the comeuppanasty to ridicule and be duncery about it?...You've never heard of high arches,...pigeon-toed,..bow-legged,.flat feet,..hammer toe?...How 'bout hammerhead?.........Carry on.
@briview I have flat feet and duck-walk...I can slide...I don't think Vick would be able to cruise at 4.3 speed if his legs were effed in such a fashion that he couldn't slide...
@Blasphemizer ducks like you can slide easier than bowlegged speedsters
@Palm Feathers Nat?
@briview that wasn't what I was saying... I just never heard a guys ankles were built in such a way that made it impossible to slide.... hammer dis!
@atvcar did he say impossible?......iffen i can't see it,..i can't hammer it,..
@briview I'll take it as you're a hypocrite... it suits ya.
@atvcar take it as a yes....read it from standpoint of having some common sense.
@briview why would he like your hypocritical comment? maybe he is LUPES after all...
@atvcar Palmdik,..why would you like this ridiculous comment,..neither fun nor funny. Are you LUPES?
@briview no... your third testicle is not normal, and yes it is gross. YWIA
@atvcar what was yur point?...Yur quiggling about a point that is irrelevent to the argument. Do you even know what yur point was?
@briview I'll take that as a no...
@briview no he didn't... now, did I say everyone is built the same way?
@atvcar did he say impossible?
@briview did I say everybody is built the same way...
Thornton gots to make the team too... he's the best DT of the preseason IMO... and second best so far... is Landri.... to me anyways