But this game coming up Monday night between the Birds and the Pats will be different.
"We're treating this game like a dress rehearsal for the regular season," Eagles center Jason Kelce said. "Oh, we're not going to give away any secrets or tendencies for the teams we play, but our approach has been the same as far as film study, practicing and things. We're supposed to get a good amount of playing time and we want to make the most of it."
Reid announced this week that the starters will play into the third quarter against the Patriots. The starting offense didn't play much in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh last Thursday and wasn't very effective. Quarterback Michael Vick and company played just two series and both ended in punts after just three plays. They gained minus-3 net yards. Vick completed 3 of 4 passes for 6 yards. Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy lost 2 yards on his only carry. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught one pass for 5 yards.
"I'm very excited about playing against New England," Vick said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing three quarters, getting into a rhythm, seeing their defense, reacting. Establishing some continuity is going to be very important. I think you have to be able to jell somewhat (during the preseason) and be on the same page.
"Honestly, we want to go out there and score points. We want to be as precise as we can be with getting in and out of the huddle, the tempo, and just get a feel for where we're at. I think this will be a good test for us. (The Patriots) played in the Super Bowl last year, so we'll have an opportunity to see where we stand. We're certainly going to try and go out there and put some points on the board."
Philly opens up the season against the Browns on September 9 so the team is treating this game vs. the Patriots as their official regular season tune-up. This means more playing time for the top half of the roster and more installations in practice. No playing time has been announced yet, but there's a very good chance that there will be some unit mismatches as the game unfolds.
A possible advantage for the Eagles comes in the trenches. Patriots' O-Line is a little out of sync right now. LT Nate Solder allowed three hurries vs the Saints last week, while RT Marcus Cannon gave up a sack, three hurries, and two knockdowns. Overall it was an ugly night for the entire Patriots O-line. This bodes well for the "deep depth" Philly boasts on their D-Line.
I won't be surprised if Belichick counters with more two-tight end sets and an emphasis on the run game. Shane Vareen looked great vs the Saints so the battle at RB will heat up with Stevan Ridley. Both will be featured heavily against the Eagles.
LB Dane Fletcher is out with a torn ACL, so the Pats will be relying on a lot of youth at linebacker. Chandler Jones has been impressive in camp and that carried into the game vs. the Saints. He's going to provide a nice test for LT King Dunlap of the Eagles—who gets the start ahead of Demetress Bell.
Nnamdi Asomugha (sore neck) and Joselio Hanson (dislocated finger) both practiced Friday, as did defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (triceps spasm). They are expected to play against the Patriots...though I would not be surprised if Nnamdi is held out of this one. Why risk aggravating this injury? We already know what Nnamdi can do in coverage, especially against the tight ends in certain sets...Why risk it in a PS game?
I'll keep this blurgger short as I will be away from the desk until late Sunday night, having to fulfill a family obligation. Then on Monday we'll set up a Livefyre showcase of commentary by the smartest phans in the Philly universe to cover the Pats game live. There will be a lot of developing stories unfolding before our eyes--- not the least of which will be Nick Foles' debut as QB#2 in the second half of the game.
Thank you for all your comments and critical thinking--- not to mention your tremendous senses of humor. Please have a safe and relaxing weekend...
Welp... that went surprisingly well. It was almost as if The Japaniard didnt even care that TGWBWLJB99 was dumping her.
We'll see how long that act lasts. I'm sure she'll be calling soon... begging me to come sneak in her window... and slip her the yang... like Bro begged when TGWBWLJB99 dumped him.
Anyone watch the replay of that Flacons game... Hawthorne looked turrible... Gabbert made him his bitch!
Boy oh boy, we'll have a blast tonight. Let's all get stinking drunk and puke all over the rugs, shit in the kitchen sink and try to screw the family pooch.
Wow! What a way to watch a football game! Hoooooza!.
@sunbutts We must bow to you, the great one.................whilst we only try to screw the pooch................it is only you that has actually accomplished it.
@sunbutts Huzzah!!! Sunny finally GETS IT!!!
@sunbutts didn't you just describe your normal tuesday night activities... you moving them up a night for the game??? NICE!!!
Boy I tell ya... whilst I don't enjoy facing Tuck on the field... the guy is a smart cookie and seems very classy to me... he even helped my mom put her bag in the overhead on a plane once... once.
@fieldsr69 Gee, I thought you'd be watching Loony Tunes or something like that!
@fieldsr69 ... that seemed like the right thing to do when we cut him loose too... he played well in preseason for us... I never understood why we let him roll out like that...
Oh dear... Rex says there's a chance Austin Howard will see some first-team reps at right tackle vs Panthers on Sunday??? He wasn't even good enough for our practice squad!!!
@atvcar So the "great" coaches thought!
@atvcar he looked like he had potential as a rookie
@l30p1221n1 that post was more for Sunny... who thinks our guys when here suk... and then will go elsewhere and he will say what a mistake it was for us to let them go...
Hairy,...in some corners of the globe ,.artifacts represent or our real evidence,...of existence,.consistent wiff life or what not. Hendrix's guitar,...caveman paintings,...Indians arrowheads,..etc...However,.an artifact can also be the exact opposite,...like on an SDS gel,..or on a car.....something that is not real ,.or doesn't belong....In essence,..a paradoxical word,....wiff implied irony over the scope of its definition. Spiffy is an artifact,..just axe him.
Who will be the offensive/defensive players of the game tonight?
I'm going with Dion Lewis and Brian Rolle.
@Jerky I''m going with Donobros(sp)
@sunbutts I call BS... you talk non stop about the long snapper, and I have seen you write his name down before... and everyone knows facts are your kryptonite... but you ain't no superman... just a master baiter!
@atvcar Ease up on the guy....he drives around in his Inphinitee every day....and still can't spell that word either.....
Sunny ain't just funny....he's special, too.....
@atvcar Wrong again! Never wrote the guys name before. But par for course --you see only what suits your agenda. Facts scare the shit out of you!
Gonna be at the game tonight...Can't wait to see some of the young'uns...Nick Foles, Damaris Johnson, etc...Welp, lates...
ATV, that hantavirus crap is scary indeed. I thoroughly checked myself and my dog for ticks when we left. Sounds like that's not enough though.
@PPW yeh... apparently all that has to happen is a rat drool in your supplies, or take a dump in them... or your mouff... oh dear
@PPW Did you check yourself for AIDS? Cause I have heard tales about The Great PPW Lion having the Anally Inflicted Death Sentence.
Can you confirm?