The Philadelphia Eagles looked dominant in their dress rehearsal against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense played very well in a 31-21 victory over the sloppy Steelers. Even with the performance, there were some scary moments for the Eagles in the first half.
LeSean McCoy left the game in the first quarter after injuring his thumb. However, the thumb injury did not keep McCoy from scoring the opening touchdown of the game. After LeSean McCoy scored, he went into the locker room for x-rays. The initial report was a sprained thumb, and McCoy was done for the night. McCoy carried the ball four times for 24 yards, while catching two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles were also extremely worried when Jeremy Maclin went down with an apparent knee injury. The non contact misstep could have derailed Maclin’s comeback season. However, Maclin only hyper extended his knee, and came back to the field of play.
Offensively, the Eagles were crisp and had multiple players perform at a high level. Philadelphia garnered 36 first downs, while making over half of their third down conversions.
Nick Foles completed 19-29 passes for one touchdown and a bad interception. He also threw for 179 yards on the night.
The Eagles ran the ball for 182 yards, while averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
With McCoy out of the lineup from the first quarter on, Philadelphia showed that they have plenty of depth at the running back position. Henry Josey led the way with 48 yards on four carries, while Matthew Tucker had 10 carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns.
Darren Sproles also got into the act with six carries for 33 yards and one touchdown. However, Sproles was ineffective in the passing game with only one reception. That bodes well for a Philadelphia offense that likes to spread the ball around.
Newcomer and one of Chip Kelly’s prized players at Oregon, Kenjon Barner also played very well for the Eagles. Barner fit seamlessly into the offense after only a couple days with the team, and he may be an x-factor for the Eagles’ backfield.
The Philadelphia Eagles seem to be ready to start the season on the right note in a couple of weeks. They’ll need to bottle this first half performance and keep it on repeat.