As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to face off against the New England Patriots in just over an hour, all eyes are focused on the quarterbacks. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady needs no introduction. He’s got multiple Super Bowl championships and a history of making even mediocre receivers look good. On the green and black side, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles needs a strong commanding performance to silence critics that suggest he might be a one season wonder. After tossing two interceptions in a rather forgettable performance last week against the Chicago Bears, Foles must start out calm, consistent, and use his offensive weapons to put points on the board. Behind him, backup quarterback Mark Sanchez comes into the game with on a hot streak of sorts, with the backup job his to lose. Rounding out the position, quarterback Matt Barkley simply needs to look like a second year quarterback and not another USC bust.
The preseason isn’t about winning or losing, regardless of what some post-game analysts might suggest. It is a time to evaluate talent in pretty vanilla formations. It’s also a team to have strong competition for roster spots. Head coach Chip Kelly demands a lot from his players, and this is their opportunity to execute and demonstrate mastery of his system and of the fundamentals of football. Tonight’s game should hopefully have a lot less penalties and assignments. Now is the time for crisp execution, and working on perfecting all of the basic skills and techniques that will allow the offense and defense to come out guns blazing during the Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. With a improved defensive unit, and a solid stable of offensive weapons, all eyes come back to the quarterback to make magic happen and put touchdowns on the scoreboard.