The Eagles dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night even though it's not reflected in the final score of 31-21. Quarterback
1. Foles, First-Team Offense Ready To Roll
It was important to see how Nick Foles would perform with his starting two receivers -
“I really wanted to play this game, just to get the game feel,” Cooper said after the game. “Practice is a little different. Just to get the game feel, get back into the swing of things against a different opponent, play when the lights are on. It’s just different and I’m glad I got to do that.”
2. Defense: That's More Like It
While the Eagles' offense hummed, the Steelers struggled against the first-team defense. Linebacker
"It was real nice and we know third downs are a point of emphasis for us," said Davis. "It hasn't been good enough. We move forward. It's still not good enough. We have to do better than we did tonight, but I did like the way it got better."
3. A Crowded Backfield
"We need to get healthy and get everybody competing there and find out who really the third running back is going to be," Kelly said. "So it was good to get Tucker in there and Josey and Kenjon some carries, too, so we can make a full evaluation in that position."
Of course, the key player in this is
4. What Will The Eagles Do At Kicker?
Parkey was called on three times against the Steelers, once for an extra point he would convert and twice on kickoffs, which sailed 4 and 5 yards into the Steelers’ end zone. Parkey did not attempt a field goal on the night, but
“I think any time you bring someone in, you’re going to compete,” Parkey said. “I’m going to go out there, do my best and try to win this job.”
As for the state of the competition at kicker, Kelly said the team will obviously need to consider all options.
“I wish I could put my finger on it. I don't know what he's battling. But obviously you have to make a field goal like that. You have to make it,” Kelly said of Henery’s miss. “We obviously needed to bring someone else in, and that's what we did, and we'll see. We've got another week. The good thing is we have a week before we go play the Jets so we have a chance.”
5. High Praise For The Backup O-Line
Mark Sanchez’s production with the second-team offense has been one of the biggest stories off the preseason for the Eagles. In three games, Sanchez has completed 25 of 31 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a sterling 112.5 quarterback rating. Meanwhile, a hodgepodge of backup running backs have impressed alongside Sanchez for what has been a very productive second-team offense.
What may have gone largely unnoticed, then, is just how well the second-team offensive line has performed.
“To tell you the truth, they’re playing as good if not better than we are right now,” said center