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Backup QBs Provide Effective Relief


Sam Bradford's exit from Saturday's 40-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens didn't stop the offense from putting points on the board.

Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow combined to lead six scoring drives - and that doesn't include Kenjon Barner's 68-yard punt return touchdown - to keep the Ravens' defense on its heels from kickoff to the final whistle.

"This is what you want. You want to win these games," Sanchez said. "Personally, I thought we moved the ball well when I was in there. We came out from last week and didn't need to change anything. I missed a couple of throws last week, so I needed to trust the process, keep rolling and have a good time."

After Bradford's successful 12-play drive that culminated with a Ryan Mathews 14-yard touchdown, the defense gave Sanchez a short field to work with following an interception by Byron Maxwell that put the ball at the Ravens' 28-yard line. Sanchez opened with a pair of passes - one to DeMarco Murray and another to Darren Sproles - before the rushing attack took care of the rest. Murray scored from 2 yards out and just like that it was 14-0 in the first quarter.

Sanchez finished 14-of-20 for 118 yards as he closed out the first half with the Eagles ahead 24-0.

"I think I am playing alright," Sanchez said. "I am definitely having a ton of fun in the system. We are bringing a lot of new faces along, whether it is Ryan Mathews or DeMarco Murray. The offensive line looks great. I think it is going very well."

Barkley didn't miss a beat when he took over in the second half. He made the most out of his two possessions, guiding the Eagles on a 17-play, 67-yard drive followed by a 10-play, 79-yard series. The Eagles came away with a pair of field goals to extend their lead to 30-0 through three quarters. In eight preseason drives with Barkley at quarterback, the Eagles have come away with points on five of them.

Tebow kept the pedal to the metal in the fourth quarter with two scoring drives in three possessions before running out the clock to secure the win. He nearly had his second rushing touchdown in as many weeks, but his 4-yard scoring run was overturned. Kevin Monangai punched the ball in from 1-yard out on the next play.

Tebow finished 2-of-5 for 13 yards, but did have 31 yards on the ground including a 26-yard gain. Most importantly, he had no turnovers.

"I feel like I have a good grasp of the offense," Tebow said. "I have been able to get reps, so the more reps you get, the more comfortable you are. I feel like I am learning the offense better and better."

The Eagles set a franchise record for points scored last season thanks in part to an offense that had to utilize two starting quarterbacks. It should come as no surprise then to see the Eagles' offense continue to hum with the depth at the quarterback position.

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