The Eagles improved to 3-0 on the preseason with a 33-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Here are the big storylines from the win ...
Bradford's Efficient Night Propels Offense
Quarterback Sam Bradford orchestrated a crisp offense Saturday night against the Colts. The starting quarterback played the entire first half and the team's first drive in the third. He displayed excellent vision connecting on 17 of his 20 pass attempts. Bradford dished out two touchdowns, a lob over the top to Dorial Green-Beckham and a short find to Trey Burton, with his only interception coming on a poorly handled pass. The Eagles outscored the Colts 24-3 before Bradford ended his headed to the sidelines.
Josh Huff Comes Up Big
The wide receiver came on strong in the first half with two catches for 60 yards. He started off with a short catch off a slant route that turned into a 38-yard gain in the first quarter to set up a Jake Elliott field goal. Huff then continued his dominant play through the second quarter, coming up with a 9-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep that put the Eagles up, 10-3, and then with a 22-yard catch with 6:02 left in the half.
DGB Nabs First Eagles Touchdown
With 4:28 on the clock before halftime, the offense was lined up for first-and-goal from the Colts' 4-yard line. Just plays removed from his first catch as an Eagle, Dorial Green-Beckham was about to tally his first touchdown. Sam Bradford looked to DGB and tossed the ball to the back of the end zone. The receiver jumped up and made the grab to wrap up a 71-yard scoring drive and score his first touchdown for Philadelphia. The points gave the team a 17-3 lead.
The defense made its presence known early Saturday night, especially the linemen. On the game's opening drive, pressure from defensive end Brandon Graham led to a Connor Barwin sack of quarterback Andrew Luck and forced an early punt from the Colts. The Eagles then brought Luck down again when Beau Allen notched a sack for a loss of 8 yards with 3:52 remaining in the first. Bennie Logan gave the Eagles their third sack of the night, when he brought down Luck at the end of the opening half. Additionally, the only points given up by the Eagles' defense in the first half came off a turnover that allowed the Colts to take over at the Eagles' 33-yard line.
Barner, Burton Lead Charge In Third Quarter
Running back Kenjon Barner set the offense up in solid field position to start the second half after picking up 32 yards on the kickoff. Bradford completed two straight passes to ignite the Eagles' drive on a 14-yard gain to tight end Trey Burton and a short pick up on a dime to running back Wendell Smallwood. Two plays later, Barner broke free on the left side for a 25-yard run before being shoved out of bounds at the Colts' 7. The Eagles ended the nine-play drive with Bradford finding a wide-open Burton for a 3-yard touchdown putting the Eagles up 24-3.
Carroll End Zone Interception
With 3:58 to go, Nolan Carroll hauled in his second pick of the preseason keeping the Eagles' preseason interception streak alive as he picked off Scott Tolzien's pass intended for Donte Moncrief in the end zone.
Colts Score Touchdown On Blocked Punt
Linebacker Josh McNary blocked Eagles Donnie Jones' punt resulting in a scramble. The ball was eventually recovered for a touchdown by Colts running back Jordan Todman, the team's first of the night. Adam Vinatieri connected on the extra point to make the score 24-10.
Wendell Smallwood dashed up the middle for a first-down with, but would head to the locker room with 13:37 remaining in the third quarter after taking a hard hit. Defensive end Vinny Curry and defensive tackle Taylor Hart each left the game with a knee injury.
Eagles take on the Colts in Indianapolis during Week 3 of the preseason.