The Patriots Eagles preseason game was an illustration of consistency for the Superbowl champs. Whether it's a cold snowy playoff game, or a dreary rainy preseason game, they came to play. The Eagles, who are looking for a catalyst to help get them over the hump of 3 consecutive championship losses, didn't appear to have found the answer yet.
On the Eagles first series, Donovan McNabb hit his new receiver Terrell Owens for 7 yards to officially mark the beginning of the TO era in Philly. McNabb hooked up on a 40 yard pass to Todd Pinkston which was called back on an illegal touch penalty. After a delay of game on the Eagles on the next play, the tone was set. From that point on the Eagles Offense appeared to lose focus.
The Patriots first possession fared no better. A run, another run and an incomplete pass from Brady to Troy Brown, gave the Patriots a three and out.
With some sloppy special teams by the both teams, the Brady took control on the New England 46 and directed a classic Patriots drive. A few good runs by new RB Corey Dillon, and a 19 yard completion to David Patten set them up for the first score of the game. On 3rd and 5 from the Philly 9, Brady threw to Patten in the end zone for the first TD of the game.
That was the last for Brady as he retired to the sideline and Rohan Davey entered the game. Brady went 3-for-4 for 31 yards and a touchdown. He ended the game after playing two series and 11 plays.
Davey directed the Patriots back into scoring position, where Adam Vinatieri kicked a 47 yard FG to put the Pats up 10 to 0.
The second string teams then entered the game for both sides, allowing backups and those on the bubble to audition for roster spots. While Jeff Blake directed the Eagles to their only score of the first half, a 46 yard David Akers FG, there was little else to cheer about in the first half.
The second half began with Jeff Blake driving the Eagles second unit down the field 65 yards for another Akers FG, to pull the Eagles to within a 4 point deficit. Rohan Davey responded by taking the Patriots 12 plays for 70 yards culminating in a 5 yard TD pass to put the score at 17 - 6 Patriots.
Davey directed the final score of the game with a 6 play 64 yard drive, by passing to Ricky Bryant on a 23 yard TD strike.
Davey, appears to have solidified his position as the number 2 QB behind Brady on the depth chart. The limited action Kliff Kingsbury saw was during garbage time at the end of the 4th quarter.
Troy Brown made his first official tackle as a backup DB in the game. Brown has been practicing with the secondary all training camp, and appears to have a nose for the football both on offense and defense.
Corey Dillon finished with 5 carries for 23 yards, in his first action as a Patriot running back.
Terrell Owens was booed consistently everytime he touched the ball
Head Coach Bill Belichick on the Game:
"We've got a long way to go" Belichick told reporters " in every phase of the game."
Rosevelt Colvin on his first action since coming back from a season ending
"I'm past tentative," said Colvin. "Being out there made me feel like I had become a football player again."
Donovan McNabb on his first outing:
"What we did here doesn't exactly show how good of a first two weeks we had" in training camp, McNabb said. "With it raining out here things have changed a little bit."
Terrell Owens on his performance:
"It feels good" to be in an Eagles uniform, Owens said. "trying to get a feel for the game, speed of the offense, and with Donovan."
The Patriots next opponent will be next Saturday, August 21st at 7:30pm against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game marks RB Corey Dillons first chance to play against his former team.
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