Patriots-Eagles: Best & Worst
BEST START TO THE PRESEASON
Stevan Ridley gashing the Eagles for 62 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
GROUND AND POUND AWARD
The Patriots running the ball six times for 80 yards on their opening drive. Every play was a running play.
The Patriots flipped it around on their second drive throwing on eight of the 10 plays on the drive capped by a 13-yard fade to Shane Vereen.
All week, DeSean Jackson and Aqib Talib battled during practice. On the first Eagles possession, Jackson came hard off the line, turned Talib and got inside running a go-route. Talib kept up with Jackson but couldn’t get over the top as Michael Vick hit Jackson with a perfectly placed 47-yard bomb for the score.
KELLY, KELLY, KELLY
Tommy Kelly, signed as a free agent in the offseason, came up with a sack and forced fumble on Nick Foles to give the Patriots the ball at the Eagles 43 in the first quarter.
Ryan Mallett had Josh Boyce running alone for a sure touchdown in the early part of the second quarter but Boyce flattened his route out a little and Mallett led Boyce a little too much resulting in a ball that nicked Boyce’s fingertips before falling incomplete.
BEST THROWBACK PLAY
Remember that time Marcus Allen got sealed off in the Super Bowl by the Redskins, reversed field and went 70-plus yards for a touchdown. LeGarrette Blount had a similar run, this one for 51 yards and a touchdown with tight end Zach Sudfeld blocking downfield.
WORST MINOR PENALTY
Running back Brandon Bolden got whistled for a running into the kicker penalty that gave the Eagles a first down in the second quarter.