With the very first preseason game in the books, which came at a 34-28 loss to the Chicago Bears last Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles are now looking forward to the New England Patriots. The Eagles will head to Foxborough to have joint practices with the Patriots tomorrow, and Wednesday to prepare for the game on Thursday in New England. Both teams can only benefit from these practices and preseason games against one another.
These practices last season against the Patriots really showed the gulf in class between the two squads. Then starting Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick and current starter Nick Foles, both had their ups and downs against the Patriots. While New England QB Tom Brady was surgical in his craft, running through the Eagles Defense like tissue paper. A year later, much has changed for the Philadelphia Eagles. Nick Foles is the face of the franchise, Chip Kelly’s “gimmick” Offense shredded teams, the Defense showed immense improvement, and the Eagles are now one of the big boys in the NFC. Meanwhile in New England, consistency has been the trend for the Patriots, Tom Brady is still a top 3 QB in this league, Head Coach Bill Belichick is still the best coach in the NFL, and the entire team is still in a position to win a Super Bowl. Now given the fact that both teams are expected to make playoff runs, these practices should be amped up a notch compared to last season when the Patriots pushed around the Eagles.
This seasons upcoming joint practices should yield some great results for both teams. When you have two franchises poised to be successful, its good to see them go head to head, man for man. The New England Patriots held joint practices last week with division rival’s Washington Redskins, and spanked them up and down the field. And even created some QB controversy along with it. The difference is Washington will be lucky to win 8 games, The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to improve on a 10 win season. Going mano a mano with New England this time around should be different. Look for the Eagles to push the pace and play with that toughness that Eagles Corner Cary Williams showed last season. I would not be shocked if the Eagles were the more efficient team in these coming practices. All in all we all should find out what both teams are made out of.
The Philadelphia Eagles are preparing to take on the New England Patriots and this time around they’re looking to prove they belong with the elite teams of the NFL. Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly knows exactly what he’s doing by taking on a perennial power house. The Philadelphia Eagles want what the Patriots have, a consistent Super Bowl contending team. The Eagles are on the verge of becoming elite and have the necessary tools to get there. What better way to know exactly how to get there than practicing with the team that has already accomplished it. The excitement and anticipation is rising.