Preseason Week 3 Recap: Eagles vs Packers

Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports

Jeff Hanisch – USA Today Sports

Coming into this game the Eagles fans were hoping to see some more from quarterback Sam Bradford, and he was certainly up to the challenge. Bradford was flawless going 10 of 10 for 121 yards and 3 touchdowns en route to a  39-26 win over the Packers Saturday night as they improve to 3-0 in the preseason.

There is no doubt that both Bradford and Demarco Murray were more comfortable in the Eagles offense this week. Together they led the Eagles to touchdowns in each of their first three drives before exiting the game. This being their last in game action before the season opener in Atlanta, both showed no signs of rust and appear ready for the start of the season. Mark Sanchez was equally effective against the Packers first team defense putting up 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Eagles first team defense flew all over the field for much of the first half. Safety Walter Thurmond recored his second interception of the preseason, this time running it back for a touchdown. Linebackers Demeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks made their preseason debuts helping the Eagles continuously stuff the Packers run game.  The second and third team defenses later in the game were eaten alive by the Green Bay quarterbacks, making the score much closer than it should have been.

The Packers decided to sit star quarterback and instead went with rookie Brett Hundley for most of the game. Hundley had a decent game going 22-31 315 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception. The Packers offense ultimately finished the game with 465 total yards of offense, most of which came in the second half against the Eagles back ups

The Eagles will most likely not play any of their starters in the preseason finale at the Jets, but there is a ton to be excited about. The offense led by Bradford was exceptional and the first team defense looked stout in the first half,  much like they have throughout the preseason. Chip Kelly and his coaching staff now have some tough decisions to make as they have to slowly work the roster down to 53 players, including deciding on whether to keep Tim Tebow or Matt Barkley.

 

 

 

 

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