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Benn, Eagles Up 7-0 After First Quarter

Posted Aug 28, 2014

The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their third offensive series, when Matt Barkley looked right to find a streaking Arrelious Benn down the sideline. Barkley hoisted a well-placed bomb that Benn hauled in for a 43-yard touchdown. In the first action of the night for the placekickers, Cody Parkey would convert on the extra point.

Benn started at wide receiver, alongside both Jeff Maehl and Damaris Johnson.

The Jets, though, are driving down the field as the second quarter begins. They’ll face a 2nd-and-2 from the Eagles’ 15-yard-line when the second quarter begins.

The Eagles’ second offensive drive began promisingly, but was halted on 3rd and goal when Barkley was intercepted in the end zone by Jets cornerback LeQuan Lewis. The Eagles had driven down the field mostly on the legs of Henry Josey, who had carries of 18 and 12 yards on a drive that began at their own 45-yard-line.

The first Eagles drive was most notable for the injury suffered by left guard Matt Tobin, one of the more promising youngsters on the Eagles roster throughout Training Camp. Tobin would walk off under his own power, but went into the locker room for an X-ray on his left ankle. He has been replaced by Kevin Graf.

The Eagles would go three-and-out on their fourth offensive possession.

The action on the other side of the ball, meanwhile, featured a one-play cameo from former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. After Vick went out for the opening coin toss as the lone Jets captain, he took the first snap of the game as the Jets’ starting quarterback, handing off to running back Daryl Richardson. Jets head coach Rex Ryan would then call a timeout and sub in Matt Simms for Vick, allowing the latter to receive a nice ovation from the Eagles fans.

Otherwise, the Eagles defense has acquitted itself quite well, limiting the Jets to zero first downs on their first two possessions. The Jets’ third possession also resulted in a punt after a lone first down on a Jaylen Watkins pass interference penalty.

The Eagles starting defense was: Brandon Bair, Bennie Logan, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Emmanuel Acho, Najee Goode, Marcus Smith II, Jaylen Watkins, Roc Carmichael, Earl Wolff and Chris Maragos.

The Jets’ current drive was highlighted by a 50-yard catch and run by Jets tight end Chris Pantale, who was seemingly lost in coverage.

LEADERS

Passing
Matt Barkley – 4-of-10 for 63 yards, one touchdown, one interceptiton and a 55.4 quarterback rating
Matt Simms – 3-of-7 for 69 yards and a 78.9 quarterback rating

Rushing
Henry Josey – Four carries for 35 yards
Matthew Tucker – Four carries for 33 yards
Daryl Richardson – Four carries for 17 yards

Receiving
Arrelious Benn – One catch for 43 yards and a touchdown
Jeff Maehl – One catch for 16 yards
Chris Pantale – One catch for 50 yards

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