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Silky Smooth: Offense Finds Its Rhythm


GREEN BAY, WI -- The Eagles' offense started with a bang on Saturday night, and the momentum carried throughout the first quarter, as the team jumped out to a 25-0 lead en route to a 39-26 victory over the Packers with a remarkably efficient offensive effort.

After a 67-yard kickoff return by Raheem Mostert set the Eagles up inside Packers' territory, Sam Bradford and the Eagles' offense went to work quickly. Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray teamed up to pick up two first downs on the first four plays. After Ryan Mathews took the Eagles down to the 8-yard line, Bradford threw a beautiful touch pass to Darren Sproles to put the Eagles on the board first.

In the blink of an eye, the Eagles drove 38 yards on six plays in just 2:00 of game time. All three featured running backs contributed on the drive, a taste of what's to come in the regular season.

Things moved just as fast for the Eagles on their second drive of the game. Picking up right where they left off, the Eagles featured another strong balance between running and passing, as a big 27-yard completion from Bradford to Jordan Matthews set the Eagles up just outside of the red zone. Faced with fourth-and-goal at the 3-yard line, the Eagles went for it. It turned out to be a good decision, as Bradford found Trey Burton for the 3-yard scoring strike.

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The story was much the same on the third drive. On the first play from the Eagles' 41-yard line, Bradford found Sproles for a 33-yard pickup across the middle, and on second-and-goal, Bradford hit Celek for another touchdown. In his first three drives, Bradford was an impressive 10-of-10 for 121 yards and three touchdowns.

"We just found a rhythm early and it was nice to come off the field, go back on, keep that thythm and just keep firing," Bradford said. "It was nice to get out there last week and play the one series, but today to be out there for three series and have three touchdowns, but to be able to come to the sideline and communicate with the offensive line, talk to Coach (Chip) Kelly about where we're going and what we're thinking, I think that was big too."

Jason Peters had a first-hand view of how well Bradford and the rest of the offense were able to systematically move down the field, and seeing Bradford continually hitting his mark wasn't much of a surprise.

"We felt good," Peters said. "We came out of the gate, scored really quick, and we didn't look back. We gave (Bradford) some time and he was completing his passes and we just kept the ball moving. He's been doing this the whole time he's been here, it was just about doing it in a game. The guy can throw the ball."

According to Murray, who ran for 28 yards on six carries, the offensive picture is starting to come into focus as the Eagles get closer to the season opener in Atlanta on Monday, September 14.

"We've been working together since OTAs and mini-camp, and this time of year you're definitely getting ready for the season," Murray said. "I definitely think we're jelling. We're heading in the right direction. There's always some extra work to do, so we'll watch the film and learn from the things we didn't do so well and continue to grow from it."

On a night where the offense looked as good as ever, Murray believes there is still room for improvement, no doubt a scary thought for the rest of the NFL.

"It's great," Murray said. "Our pace is something that's to our favor ... I thought that today we did an okay job, but we can obviously do better."

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