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Eagles Trail Early, But Alonso Makes Debut


The #Eagles traveled to New York for their fourth and final preseason game against the Jets. View the full gallery here...

In the final game of the preseason, the Eagles got off to a bit of a slow start in New Jersey. A turnover helped the Jets take an early lead, which they sustained through the first quarter. The Eagles are currently trailing, 7-3.

Matt Barkley began the game for the Birds at quarterback, starting with the ball at the 20-yard line after a touchback. On the second play, Barkley threw deep downfield aiming for Josh Huff, but the pass was intercepted by Darrin Walls at the 48-yard line, giving the Jets possession merely 36 seconds into the first quarter.

With the defense taking over, linebacker Kiko Alonso made his Eagles debut. The Jets ran five consecutive run plays using running back Zac Stacy, before throwing the ball for a short 5-yard pass to move to the Philadelphia 24-yard line. Shortly thereafter, quarterback Matt Flynn threw an 18-yard pass down the middle of the field to Chris Owusu for the first touchdown of the game, giving New York a seven-point lead after a successful kick. On the scoring drive, Alonso notched two tackles.

The Eagles' offense went back on the field, looking for a much different drive than their first of the night. Raheem Mostert saw a lot of action, with five carries for 35 yards, and helped the team move down into Jets' territory. On a fourth-and-8 from New York's 29-yard line, Barkley completed a pass to tight end Trey Burton, picking up 21 yards and continuing the drive. After being unable to score a touchdown, the Eagles settled for a 23-yard field goal from Kip Smith.

Thanks to a penalty on the kickoff, a 57-yard return from the Jets was negated. The team took over at its 10-yard line and quickly moved toward the Eagles' end zone after a 28-yard pass and multiple run plays. The second quarter will begin with the Jets at the Philadelphia 25-yard line.

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