The Philadelphia Eagles delivered the exclamation point to the preseason with a 31-21 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. The Eagles completely dominated the Steelers and led 17-0 at the half. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez poured it on some more when he got the opportunity to play in the third quarter with the second team offense. I was skeptical of the Sanchez signing at first, but after watching what he can do in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense, I have complete confidence in Sanchez as the backup to starting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. It was a one sided affair for the Eagles
Foles needed to have a good game and he delivered with a 19 of 29 performance for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his half of play. The lone interception came on a screen pass in an attempt to get the ball to Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles. I do not count that as an interception because Sproles got tangled up with a defender, giving the Steelers an easy interception. Foles initially had some accuracy issues, but after a couple of errant throws, the signal caller threw very precise passes. Eagle Nation needed to see that from Foles.
The contest was not without a couple of scares from some major contributors on offense. Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy went to the locker room with an apparent thumb injury, however, X-rays were negative and McCoy is going to be fine. Philadlephia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin appeared to hyper extend his leg in the game. For Eagles fans that do not remember, Maclin missed all of last season to recover from a torn ACL and it appeared the wide receiver had torn his ACL again. Maclin eventually returned on the next series and is fine.
Good job by the starting offensive line and the backup group. Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Allen Barbre gave up a sack of Foles and needs to improve on that, but otherwise he had a solid night. The Steelers threw a lot at Foles and Sanchez and both offensive lines held their grounds.
Defensively, the Eagles came to play against the Steelers. The Eagles put forth a performance that Eagles fans have been waiting for all preseason. Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll II intercepted a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Carroll is going to be a really good player for the defense. He is a great athlete who is long and physical. I was very pleased with the showing of the Eagle defense and it has been long overdue to see a performance like that.
Pittsburgh played their starters for three quarters and still trailed 31-7. Let that sink in for a while. The Eagles were just that good.
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