Three Things to Watch Tonight: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

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Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Salas (19) celebrates making a big catch late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots tonight at Gillette Stadium. While last week’s Eagles preseason loss against the Chicago Bears 34-28 disappointed some fans, don’t forget, its just preseason. This is the time when teams are supposed to make mistakes and work out the kinks.

In spite of the loss, there were some good moments that came out of last week’s game. Most notably, the Eagles had an outstanding 100% Red Zone efficiency rating scoring 3-for-3. Philadelphia also looked outstanding on special teams highlighted by first year wide receiver Josh Huff’s 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Huff’s play has Eagles fans excited about his explosive return potential, which is something the team has lacked the past couple of seasons. Second year defensive tackle Damion Square also had a great special teams play blocking the Bears first field goal attempt.

Finally, quarterback Mark Sanchez looked very crisp in his role as backup to starting quarterback Nick Foles. Head Coach Chip Kelly’s offense is one of the most complex in the NFL, but Sanchez didn’t seem to struggle at all throwing 7-for-10 gaining 79 yards with a 93.3 rating.

With the Bears in the review mirror, the Eagles now take on the Patriots, and there are three things to keep an eye on in preseason game number two.

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