CHICAGO – Josh Huff puffed as he blew past the Bears kickoff coverage team on a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 21-14 lead after two quarters of the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. The third-round pick handled all the kickoff return duties in the first half for the Eagles, and his third return was the charmed one, as he sprinted through and past the Bears on the way to the end zone.
Meanwhile, perhaps this is Matthew Tucker's world and we're all just living in it. With LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles done for the night and Chris Polk on the sideline with a shoulder injury, Tucker, the second-year running back who joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent last year, ran for 34 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns all in the second quarter.
Tucker opened the scoring for the Eagles with a 4-yard touchdown run, which he backed up with a 1-yard plunge to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead. His longest run came on a 24-yard jaunt off the left edge.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez shepherded the two scoring drives, going 7-for-8 for 79 yards and a 107.8 quarterback rating. Sanchez connected a few times with tight end Zach Ertz, including a 34-yard catch and run up the seam.
The second-team defense provided some impressive pass rush, with defensive end Vinny Curry notching the first sack of the Eagles season and combining with defensive tackle Beau Allen to create plenty of pressure on Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer.
Safety Nate Allen played the entire first half, pairing with Malcolm Jenkins in the first quarter and Earl Wolff in the second quarter. Allen recorded the first interception of the Eagles season when he picked off Palmer thanks, in part, to pressure from Brandon Graham.
After Tucker's second touchdown gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead, Palmer led the Bears to a touchdown of their own on a 9-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Zach Miller's second touchdown of the night, this one a 12-yard reception in the end zone over linebacker Jason Phillips.
Mark Sanchez – 7-of-10 for 79 yards and a 93.3 quarterback rating
Jordan Palmer – 8-of-11 for 104 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a 94.5 quarterback rating
Matthew Tucker – Six carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns
Ka'Deem Carey – Eight carries for 19 yards
Zach Ertz – Four catches for 60 yards
Zach Miller – Six catches for 68 yards