The Good and the Bad From Eagles Preseason Opener
In the preseason opener on August 8th, the Bird’s loyal fanbase were disappointed with the Eagles’ double digit loss against the Tennessee Titans, losing 27-10 at Lincoln Financial Field. With the second preseason game tomorrow against the Jaguars, what can fans expect to see in this upcoming game? Lets take a look into some key performances from last week’s game as well as some not so great moments: lack of scored points, the running game, and back up QB Nate Sudfeld’s wrist injury.
Lets be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot to brag about when it comes to last week’s game, but as usual in preseason, its a night off or limited play time for a lot of the regular starters and key players. Here’s some of the good from the game:
- In Thursday’s game, DE Daeshon Hall made some impressive plays that should spark your attention as an important player for the upcoming regular season. Throughout the game, Hall made six tackles, one sack, two QB hits, three tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Doug Peterson commented on his performance during the game, stating, “I think I mentioned after the game, Daeshon Hall was one that as the game progressed, he really began to push the pocket, get around the quarterback, and be disruptive.”
- Another player that stood out in the opener, safety Even Sendejo, forced a turnover on downs in the first quarter of the game with a pass breakup, leaving the Titans 0-for-4 on fourth down. Doug noted that Sendejo did a nice job as well.
With a double-digit loss, there is most likely going to be more bad done than good during the game. Here are some of the takeaways:
- The Eagle’s running game or lack thereof. The running game rushed 17 times and only put up 37 yards, averaging only 2.2 yards per carry. Of course, a large part of the problem is that the starters on the offensive line didn’t play, however, the backup lineman weren’t able to clear sufficient lanes for the running backs.
- The preseason opener left the team with a few extra injuries, with the most significant being backup QB Nate Sudeld’s broken wrist injury, which will leave him out for six weeks. Additional injuries include Countess (hamstring), Goedert (calf), Hall (shoulder), Ridgeway (concussion) and Thompkins (shoulder).
- With only 10 points put up during the game, the Eagle’s offense struggled to get much going. You didn’t have to watch the game to know that your team isn’t doing great when they’ve only put up 10 points. While it is disappointing, its not unexpected for any team to struggle when the starters are limited and the organization is trying to find the right guys to step up to provide quality to the Eagles roster.
The Eagles face the Jacksonville Jaguars, August 15th at 7pm.