The “new era” of Eagles football started on a positive note tonight as the Eagles first teamers impressed in the teams’ 28-27 preseason win. The Eagles first team offense racked up 203 yards to Jaguars’ 10 in the first quarter while the starters were still in the game.
Kevin Kolb led two methodical drives with the first team offense that pretty much encapsulated everything Andy Reid is hoping it can be with Kolb at the helm. His first drive went 65 yards on 9 plays, while the second drive went 12 plays for 53 yards. They moved down the field efficiently and pretty much at will. Both drives they stalled in the red zone, but that will be more of a concern if it happens in the regular season. All told, the two and half possessions that the first team offense was on the field for ate up about eleven minutes of clock in the first quarter.
The first team defense was arguably even better. They did not allow a first down and they held the Jaguars to just 10 total yards including – 2 on the ground. The first quarter also displayed some solid tackling from corners Ellis Hobbs and Asante Samuel. You heard that right… Asante Samuel wrapped a man up and properly tackled him.
Michael Vick and Martell Mallet each rushed for TDs and David Akers hit on 5 FGs to round out the Eagles scoring.
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