The Eagles played their first preseason football game on Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field. They won the game 28-27, but the score really doesn’t matter in the preseason being as though the starters only played one quarter. Kevin Kolb and the first team offense did well moving the ball down the field on the two drives that they were out there. They failed to score touchdowns on both drive while making it in the red zone. Brent Celek dropped a pass in the back of the end zone on 3rd and 6 from the Jags 11 yard line on the first drive, forcing the Birds to settle for a 29 yard David Akers field goal. On the second drive Kolb and Eagles had a 1st and ten on the Jags 14 yard line and came up with only 3 points again. A holding penalty by Leonard Weaver left the Eagles with a 1st and 20 situation and threw off the rhythm of the drive. Kolb tried to force a pass to Jeremy Maclin in the end zone but he didn’t see Reggie Nelson playing center field and the pass was broken up. Besides a few forced passes by Kevin Kolb , and the Offense not scoring TD’s in the red zone, they looked ok on offense. Mike Vick seemed to have his wheels back and while he was accurate passing the ball, there were times I thought he held on the ball trying to be a pocket quarterback when he could have took off running. He hit Riley Cooper on a pinpoint 46 yard pass on his 2nd snap under the center. He also lost a fumble and threw a interception also, but he seems to be grasping this offense in his 2nd season in Philly.
The first team defense forced the Jags offense off the field with 3 and outs on both of the drive they were out there. I’m looking forward to game two to get a better read on this years defensive unit. There wasn’t a heavy dosage of Maurice Jones-Drew while their first team was on the field. The power running game is the Jags meal ticket and the Birds first team wasn’t nearly tested as they would during the regular season. However, I was impressed with the pass rushing ability of DE Brandon Graham and the play of CB Trevard Lindley. Graham was getting good pressure against the pass and held the point well on running plays. Lindley is a excellent man to man physical corner and is learning to play zone coverage better. DT Jeff Owens has been a real surprise during camp and continued to impress during this game recording a sack and playing stout against the run.
The Eagles travel to Cincinnati next Friday(8-20 8pm Fox) to play the Bengals. Look for the starters to play maybe the whole 1st half of the game as they look to improve their red zone offense. The defense should be tested more this week against Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and the running attack featuring Cedric Benson.