GREEN BAY, WI -- In breathtaking fashion and moments that were nearly perfect, the Eagles spent their third preseason game blowing out the Green Bay Packers 39-26 at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Sam Bradford was brilliant, completing all 10 of his passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter.
The game served as a preview, perhaps, for what is to come for an offense that leads the NFL's preseason in total yards and points scored, and that went 5 for 5 in the red zone in a first half that ended with the Eagles leading 39-14. It was as artistic a performance as the Eagles have ever had in a preseason game and they emerged – the best news of all – healthy and with no injuries reported for a third straight game.
Here are some observations from the sidelines as the Eagles roared to a convincing victory …
- Bradford was perfect, literally. His touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles, who ran a wheel route to the corner of the end zone, was a thing of beauty. Bradford feathered the pass over and through defenders into Sproles' hands for the score. Bradford also stood up to some pressure to find tight end Trey Burton for a score and then zinged a pass to tight end Brent Celek in the back of the end zone for a third score. This is why the Eagles traded for Bradford. He has elite ability and if he can stay healthy, there is every reason to think Bradford will thrive in this attack.
- The Eagles gained 325 total net yards, had 21 first downs and scored five touchdowns in the red zone in the first half. They ran for 54 yards and passed for 271 yards in a staggering 44 plays.
- Josh Huff didn't play as he recovers from a death in his family, but he went through warm-ups and is fine physically. Meanwhile, the rest of the receiving corps showed just how deep and talented it is. Jordan Matthews was open most of the time he was on the field and had three catches for 51 yards. Miles Austin chipped in with some plays. Nelson Agholor continues to make progress and play well. Sproles, it is clear, is moving all over the formation and is a huge threat.
- Andrew Gardner is your starting right guard and there's no doubt about that. The Eagles kept Gardner and left guard Allen Barbre on the field in the first half to gain some reps and both played extremely well. Matt Tobin, Dennis Kelly and David Molk played quality snaps in the first half, too.
- Have the Eagles, in their rich history at the position, ever had a better situation in the offensive backfield? DeMarco Murray had another big game and Ryan Mathews is such a talented player and a great fit in this offense. Then you add Sproles and, well, it's an enviable situation.
- The defense didn't see quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and that was disappointing to a degree, but the starters stepped up and played very well. The line, led by Bennie Logan and Cedric Thornton, dominated. Brandon Graham was outstanding against the run. The coverage was good and safety Walter Thurmond had his pick-six to cap off a fantastic evening.
- A pair of two-point conversions failed – one on a Tim Tebow run up the gut and another when Tebow threw incomplete on the right side.
- The Eagles gave up some big plays in the screen game defensively, and that is something that coordinator Bill Davis will stress in the weeks ahead as the defense prepares for Atlanta on September 14.
- Cody Parkey took the night off as he nursed a minor leg injury. He would have kicked had it been a regular season game, head coach Chip Kelly said. Kip Smith handled the kicking duties.
- Trey Burton caught four passes for 21 yards and two touchdowns. He's made some great progress in a year's time at a new position, tight end.
- Jeff Maehl will have a tough time making this roster but he played well on Saturday with three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
- Bradford (156.7) and Mark Sanchez combined for a passer rating of 145.2 in the first half
The Eagles battle the Green Bay Packers in their third preseason game of the 2015 season. Check out all of the action from the game ...