Eagles vs. Packers Analysis: Offense continues to soar


401 total yards and 39 points later the Philadelphia Eagles moved to 3-0 this preseason with a 39-26 win over the Green Bay Packers led by their explosive offense. Of course it’s only preseason and the Eagles posting gaudy numbers now doesn’t mean they’ll do so in the regular season but one things for sure, this offense is ready to soar.

In his first extended action since tearing his ACL last preseason, Sam Bradford was as close to perfect as a QB could be going a perfect 10/10 with 121 passing yards. He looked poised in the pocket, even when facing pressure and distributed the ball to his assortment of playmakers. What impressed me the most was his accuracy especially on his touchdown throw to Darren Sproles. Perfect throw to a spot where the linebacker in coverage had no shot of making a play (not that he had a chance of covering Sproles anyway).

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Bradford looked as sharp as he ever has before leading the Eagles first team offense to three scores on their first three possessions. Assuming he doesn’t play next week (which he won’t) Bradford has led the offense to four touchdowns in his four series this preseason, not bad for a guy coming off two major knee surgeries.

Bradford wasn’t the only member of the first team offense who impressed last night, the whole unit looks to be in mid season form. The offensive line did a good job of opening up running lanes as the running game consistently gained good chunks of positive yardage. The Legion of zoom totaled 115 yards from scrimmage on 19 combined touches.

As for the receivers, I know it’s been said over and over again but I’ll repeat it anyway, Jordan Matthews is poised for a huge year. His size gives Sam Bradford a big target that’ll be a mismatch in the slot against anyone. Matthews always seems to be open in the middle of the field and Bradford found him on multiple occasions, something I think we’ll be seeing a whole lot of. As for the rest of the receiving options they were solid with Nelson Agholor continuing to show flashes of his playmaking ability. Look for the tight ends to be featured more this year with Trey Burton coming on as another good pass catcher at the position.

The Eagles impressive start on offense is even better than it seems considering one of their major contributors, Zach Ertz, hasn’t played a snap this preseason. Adding Ertz to what we’ve already seen has scary potential. Although the Eagles offensive performance may be swept under the rug and considered “just a preseason game” I believe it was more than that. Yes I know teams aren’t game planing and it may be a whole new ball game when the regular season rolls around when wins and losses matter but the first team offense moved the ball at will. The did so without one of their best players, against the Packers first team defense that’s telling. Look for the offense to score more points than the record setting unit from last season.

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